Bronze award in health scheme

National Library of Scotland presented with 'Scotland's Health at Work' Award

The National Library of Scotland was today, Wednesday 2 March, presented with a plaque from Kathryn Sinclair of Scotland's Health at Work (SHAW) scheme to celebrate the library's successful application for the Bronze award.

The Library registered with the SHAW award scheme in late 2003 and commenced work on building the necessary portfolio for the award. To achieve the award the Library met a demanding set of criteria, including provision of information on, and awareness raising of, health issues via appropriate events; establishment of a health promotion group with representation from all staff groups; promotion of physical activity, such as the establishment of a jogging network and yoga classes; provision of a smoke free environment and assistance with smoking cessation; and fulfilling all the legal obligations regarding health and safety at work.

The Library will now commit to working towards the Silver award.

At the award ceremony Martyn Wade, National Librarian, said: 'I'm delighted that the Library's efforts to improve health at work have been recognised by this award from SHAW. Health needn't be boring — it can also be fun, as the free fruit smoothies and the yoga classes have shown. We're pleased with the progress that has been made and look forward to continuing our association with SHAW.'

2 March 2005

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