Fifth Consecutive Gold for Sheffield at the Alan Butler Awards
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 11:52:30 GMT
Topic: Association News


Houses of Parliament, FreeImages.com/Nick ManningThe Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) were honoured to receive their fifth Gold Award at the Alan Butler Awards, held at annual Safety Groups UK luncheon at the House of Lords on Monday, 25 January 2016.

The awards recognise excellence and achievement of Safety Groups run by 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 and injury at work.

Phil Taylor, Quality Manager for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and a representative of SOHSA’s Executive Committee, said of the awards:

It is with great pride that we announce Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association has been awarded an Alan Butler Gold Award for a fantastic fifth year in a row.  This is a credit to the hard work and dedication of the association, its members and committee. The award continues to build on SOHSA’s proud heritage as the longest serving independent Health and Safety Association in the country since its inception ninety four years ago. We are sure Alan Butler, himself a past Chairman of SOHSA, would have been proud to see his association still going strong after all these years.

Accepting the award at the House of Lords was SOHSA’s Vice Chairman Chris Jerman and committee members Ian McKay and Phil Taylor. The award was presented by Lord Brougham and Vaux who commented on “the society’s continuing excellence”.

SOHSA was proud to be awarded their fifth consecutive Alan Butler Gold AwardThe Sheffield group is recognised as a flourishing and active example of the Safety Groups UK network, with strong membership, regular meetings and a good dialogue and regular communication with its members – spanning a wide variety of industrial, professional, healthcare and service sectors. Since first applying for the Alan Butler Awards in 2010, the group has seen success every year – being awarded top commendations for six years running.

Judges' assessment criteria includes how individual groups communicate within their local community and with other safety groups, their meetings and events programme, topics covered throughout the year, membership recruitment and retention and how groups work to support the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and its strategy.

SOHSA also congratulate their colleagues in safety groups across the UK – with 20 awards awarded in total. These included Gold Awards to Birmingham Health, Safety & Environment Association, East Anglia Construction Safety Group, Herefordshire Health & Safety Group, Isle of Wight Health and Safety Group, Peterborough Environmental, Occupational Safety & Health Group, Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association, Suffolk & North Essex Occupational Safety Group, Swansea & West Wales Occupational Safety Group and Wiltshire Occupational Safety & Health Association. Silver awards were presented to: Humberside Occupational Health & Safety Group, Kent Health & Safety Group, Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group, North Lincs Health & Safety Group, Safety Group West Scotland, South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group and Tayside Integrated Safety Association. Bronze recognition was given to Mid Anglia Environment Safety & Health Group, North West CDM Duty Holders Support Group, North West Wales Occupational Health & Safety Group and Thames Valley Health & Safety Group.

For further information about SOHSA and the Alan Butler Awards, please visit the association website at www.sohsa.org.uk.



Notes to Editors

  1. 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 South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The association promotes good practice and information exchange between organisations to promote the importance of occupational health and safety. For further information, please see www.sohsa.org.uk.
     
  2. The Alan Butler Awards; On an annual basis Safety Groups UK award 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.
     
  3. 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.

For information about the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA), please visit www.sohsa.org.uk or contact info@sohsa.org.uk.

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