Gold for Sheffield at the Alan Butler Awards 2012
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 22:09:01 GMT
Topic: Association News

Alan Butler Awards 2012 - Tim Hedland, Vice Chairman, and Ben Tranmer, Executive Committee, with the prestigious Alan Butler Gold Award 2012.The Executive Committee of SOHSA were delighted this year to receive another Gold Award at the Alan Butler Awards 2012. The award ceremony was held during the annual Safety Groups UK luncheon at the House of Lords on Monday, 21 January 2013.

Alan Butler Gold Award 2012

Judges' assessment criteria included how the groups communicated within the local community and with other safety groups, their meetings and events programme, seminars and topics covered throughout the year, membership recruitment and retention and how the groups worked to support the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and its strategy.
Roger Bibbings, RoSPA's Occupational Safety Adviser and Secretary of SafetyGroupsUK, said: 
These awards rightfully recognise the achievements of many hard-working people who give up their time free-of-charge to make a difference to health and safety at companies in their area, particularly small firms.
Judges were impressed with the tireless efforts of these safety groups, which often goes unrecognised.
Roger added during of the presentation of the award that SOHSA has "a very vibrant communication strategy” and, “a highly varied programme of engaging topics". He recognised that SOHSA was early to sign-up to the HSE pledge: ‘Be part of the Solution’. Roger also congratulated the group. saying "as Britain’s oldest surviving H&S Group, a very positive and successful ninetieth birthday celebration event - used a springboard for future success."
Tim Hedland, Vice Chairman, was honoured to represent the association, saying:
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt proud to represent SOHSA.
 All involved in our Safety Group should be proud of this achievement and continue to support and be part of SOHSA, one of the most successful safety groups in the UK.
Ben Tranmer, of SOHSA’s Executive Committee, accepted the award with Tim on the day and added:
It was a privilege for Tim and I to accept the award on behalf of the association and have the hard work of its volunteers and members recognised.
Not only was this an opportunity to promote the association’s achievements over the last year but a chance meet like-minded professionals, forge relationships with other safety groups and share some great ideas.
For further information about SOHSA and the Alan Butler Awards, please visit the association website at

Further Information

The Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) is a not-for-profit safety association providing information, guidance and networking to businesses in the South Yorkshire Area. Affiliated to both RoSPA and the Safety Groups UK network, the association also includes ex-officio members from both the Health and Safety Executive and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The association promotes best practice and information exchange between organisations to promote the importance of occupational health and safety. For further information, please see

The Alan Butler Awards; On an annual basis the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) hand out gold, silver and bronze honours at the annual Alan Butler Awards, which recognise excellence and achievement of organisations within the Safety Groups UK movement. Safety Groups UK is made up of around 70 local groups, which each consist of health and safety professionals who give up their free time to promote, share information and offer practical help to employers in their communities in a bid to prevent accidents and ill health at work.

Alan Butler was a past chairman of the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association and a strong believer in sharing and communicating of information between organisations and was always keen to help others and offer support. He held the post of chairman until becoming chairman of the National Groups’ Council (now Safety Groups UK). During his time with SOHSA he was largely responsible for the production of the well-known ‘Slingers Handbook’ providing much-needed guidance and good practices for safe handling of goods.
For more information about Alan Butler and his history with SOHSA, please see our Obituary of Alan Butler and Association History pages.


This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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