Health and Safety award for Harwood’s Garage

21 November 2019

“The forecourt equivalent of a food hygiene rating award”

A Ryde forecourt has become the first on the Isle of Wight to be awarded a new gold standard site safety award. Harwood’s Garage, in Wootten Bridge, was awarded the badge of honour after an exemplary health and safety audit. Inspectors scored the Gulf site 97.3 percent.

Making health and safety matter

The new scheme, masterminded by forecourt compliance experts Suresite Group, awards petrol stations achieving a score of at least 80 percent a blue window sticker, whilst those scoring 95 percent and above are entitled to display a ‘gold standard’ accreditation.

The forecourt is the first on the Island to receive a gold rating since the window sticker scheme was rolled out during the summer. Each sticker is dated and lasts for 12 months from the time of the inspection.

Sue Hodgson, fuel and forecourt operations manager, Harwood’s Garage said: “Our new window badge is the forecourt equivalent of a five star food hygiene rating sticker on a restaurant or fast food outlet and it gives our customers the confidence that we are a safe site.”

“We are proud of the hard work and achievements of our staff team, who will continue to make a visit to our site a safe and enjoyable one.”

Neil Simms, compliance manager, Suresite Group, said: “Our new window sticker scheme rewards forecourts that achieve good scores on their compliance audits. This demonstrates the operators’ commitment to ensuring the safety of staff, contractors and customers that visit that site.”.

“With their badge on display, all visitors to the site will know that health and safety is a top consideration.”

“Harwood’s Garage is a very worthy recipient of the first gold sticker on the Isle of Wight.”

Window badges are awarded at the assessors’ discretion and sites will be required to demonstrate they are committed to continual improvement.

Suresite Group has been the leading provider of risk assessments in the retail petroleum industry since its foundation in 1994. Its UK and Ireland network of assessors ensures adhesion to all legislation and best practice.

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