McArthurGlen, Europe's leading developer, owner and manager of designer outlet villages, has been recognised for its exemplary health and safety standards in the UK and Europe by the British Safety Council (BSC).
Barberino Designer Outlet near Florence in Italy has been awarded the International Sword of Honour and York Designer Outlet in the UK has achieved a five-star rating for health and safety, both awarded by the BSC.
Organizations achieving a five-star rating in the BSC's Five Star Health & Safety Management System Audit then have the opportunity to apply for the International Sword of Honour; a coveted award that recognises outstanding health and safety systems that are among the best in the world.
This is the fourth Sword of Honour that McArthurGlen's centers have won; Castel Romano Designer Outlet near Rome received the Award in 2008, and Swindon Designer Outlet in the UK and Parndorf Designer Outlet near Vienna in 2007.
To meet the standards, the BSC undertakes a rigorous audit to closely examine management practices, safety organization, management control systems, fire control systems, measurement and control systems, workplace implementation and environmental performance.
Barberino Designer Outlet is among 40 other organisations in the world to achieve the International Sword of Honour this year. The Awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London's Goldsmith's Hall on November 27.
David Norris, McArthurGlen's Operations Director, says: "These accolades are a further testament to McArthurGlen's international market-leading position in designer outlet retailing. As a company, we constantly strive to achieve and set exemplary standards that make our centres a safe and pleasant environment in which to work and visit."
Source: Kavanagh Communications