Lothian and Borders wins Health at Work Gold Award.(News)

Scottish Health Minister Andy Kerr presented Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service (LBFRS) with Scotland's Health at Work Gold Award (SHAW). Lothian and Borders is the first fire and rescue service in Scotland to receive this distinction.

SHAW is a national programme recognising levels of bronze, silver and gold awards for employers who demonstrate commitment to improving the health and ultimately the performance of their workforce. The programme brings benefits to employers as well as employees by helping create a healthier, more motivated workforce and reducing sickness absence.

Cllr Ken Harrold, Convenor of the Lothian and Borders Fire Board, said: "The SHAW programme has had a tremendous impact within the service and it shows as we are reporting a sickness absence rate well below the national average and our lowest in seven years. …

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