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Milnthorpe Spar petrol station is first in UK to receive H&S hero badge

Leanne Fleming, assistant manager Spar Milnthorpe, and Luke Green, supervisor, receive their site compliance sticker

A Milnthorpe forecourt has been named one of the most health and safety conscious in the country.

The Spar petrol station, on Beetham Road, has become the first in the UK to be awarded a new site safety sticker.

Assistant manager Leanne Fleming was awarded the badge of honour after an exemplary H&S audit in August.

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

Each sticker is dated and lasts for 12 months from the time of the inspection.

Leanne Fleming, assistant manager, Spar Milnthorpe said: “Our new window badge is like the forecourt equivalent of a food hygiene rating sticker on a restaurant or takeaway 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, health & safety manager, Suresite Group, said: “Our new window sticker scheme will reward 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 blue or gold badge on display, all visitors to the site will know that health & safety is a top consideration, which should give them greater confidence in the operator’s diligence and attitude when it comes to health and safety.”

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 Irish Republic network of assessors ensures adhesion to all legislation and well best practice.