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Newark service station named H&S hero after full marks inspection

A Newark forecourt has become the first in Nottinghamshire to be awarded a new gold standard site safety sticker.

A Newark forecourt has become the first in Nottinghamshire to be awarded a new gold standard site safety sticker.

Blakemore Newark service station, on Farndon Road, was awarded the badge of honour after an exemplary H&S audit at the end of September. Inspectors scored the site, which includes a Spar convenience store, 100 percent.

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, operated by Blakemore Retail,  is the first in the county to receive a perfect score 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

Gemma Lathan, store manager, 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 & safety is a top consideration.

“Blakemore Newark petrol station is a very worthy recipient of the first gold sticker in Nottinghamshire.”

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.

Picture: Gemma & Mandy

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