Over 800 Securitas officers and support staff from across the country will soon be climbing on board their bikes and ‘Cycling to Safety’ when they take part in the company’s ‘Tour of Securitas’ event in support of RoSPA. The virtual tour will begin in Edinburgh on Monday 8 September and, over the following five days, staff from across 21 Securitas branches will cycle on static bikes to help raise awareness of safety in the workplace. The initiative is also designed to generate valuable funds for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Taking in locations including Gateshead, Liverpool and Derby, the tour will clock up a total of 2,520 miles before finishing at Securitas’ Head Office in Uxbridge on Friday 12 September. Speaking about the event, Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy explained:” With the sport of cycling very much on the news agenda in the UK following the start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, we thought this would be a great time to capture the imagination of our employees and communicate both key safety messages and the health benefits of exercise for employees and their families.” Kennedy added:” The aim is to encourage a reduction in the number of incidents and accidents occurring in the workplace and improve awareness of health and fitness. The tour will also kick-off the launch of our own Cycle to Work Campaign.” Raising awareness on safer behaviour RoSPA’s campaigning spirit has been evident since the organisation was founded in 1916. Successful campaigns have resulted in the introduction of the seat belt law in 1983, the ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving in 2003 and, this year, a change in the way that all window blinds across the EU are made in a bid to stop toddlers being accidentally strangled by looped cords. RoSPA’s CEO Tom Mullarkey MBE said:” As the UK’s family safety charity, we’re determined to provide more and more free practical support to some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. However, we can only do this with the financial support of enlightened companies like Securitas. It’s great that they’re raising awareness about safer behaviour by encouraging staff to cycle ‘statically’ between the company’s offices. It’s a clever idea to let everyone in the company participate in raising money for charity in any spare few minutes throughout the week, while at the same time also helping them to keep fit.” Mullarkey continued:” Accident prevention saves lives and deters injuries. There are few activities which cannot be done safely. While helping people to think about safe cycling, and encouraging them to get out on the road more generally, this initiative also promotes a cleaner and greener environment. We look forward to developing this relationship with Securitas so that, together, we can reverse a trend that sees accidents cut down more children, young people and young parents in their prime than either cancer or heart disease.” In conclusion, Sean Kennedy stated:” We’re really grateful to all the staff taking part. It won’t all be hard work as the emphasis is also on having a fun day. There will be prizes for the greatest fundraising achieved, and we will also be crowning our ‘Sprint King and Queen’ who will be the fastest sprinters to 500 metres. It’s sure to be a great competition!” Risk UK readers wishing to donate to the ‘Tour of Securitas’ and help raise funds for RoSPA can do so by visiting the Just Giving page here
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.