Association Awards and Recognition

The Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) is proud to have been awarded a number of awards recognising the efforts made by its' committee and members to communicating and improving good safety and health in the workplace.

Alan Butler Gold Award 2014 Alan Butler Gold Award 2013 Alan Butler Gold Award 2012 Alan Butler Overall Gold Award 2011 Alan Butler Gold Award 2011

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Safety Groups UK 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 Awards 2014

Ian McKay and Chris Jerman, representing the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association, attended the House of Lords for the Safety Groups UK annual luncheon and Alan Butler Awards ceremony on Monday, 26 January 2015. Ian and Chris were delighted to be awarded with a forth successive Alan Butler Gold Award on behalf of the association and its members.

Ian Mckay and Chris Jerman, SOHSA Executive Committee, Receiving the Alan Butler Gold Award 2014

It is with great pride that the executive committee was able to announce that it had retained its’ Alan Butler Gold Standard Award for this its forth year in a row, making five successful years receiving top honours from Safety Groups UK for the associations combined efforts in communication, seminar topics and content, membership retention and engagement. 

Alan Butler Gold Award Emblem 2014

Alan Butler Awards 2013

We were delighted to receive a third successfive Gold Award at the Alan Butler Awards 2013, held during the Safety Groups UK annual luncheon at the House of Lords on Monday 27 January 2014.

Alan Butler Awards 2013

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.

Mark Wait, Chariman of SOHSA, was proud that the association was again recognised, commenting:

"SOHSA started its life in 1922 when iconic businesses of the great city of steel, Sheffield, launched the first regional safety association and now - 92 years later our members and committee continue their dedication to promoting sensible health and safety.

"It is fantastic to see this dedication, and the work of both the committee and our members, recognised through this prestigious award by SafetyGroupsUK and RoSPA".

This is awarded for excellence in the following categories:

  • Communication with members, stakeholders, other health and safety organisations and the wider community;
  • The topics and speakers covered in our annual programme and events;
  • Support of the HSE and its strategy;
  • The encouragement of member retention and recruitment;
  • Achievements in 2013.

 Alan Butler Gold Award Emblem 2013

Alan Butler Awards 2012

The Executive Committee were again 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 Awards 2012 - Tim Hedland, Vice Chairman, and Ben Tranmer, Executive Committee, with the prestigious Alan Butler Gold Award 2012. Alan Butler Awards 2012 - (Left) Tim Hedland, Vice Chair, and (Right) Ben Tranmer, Executive Committee, receiving the Gold Award from Lord Brougham and Vaux

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."

He added during of the presentation of the award that SOHSA has "a very vibrant communication strategy and a highly varied programme of engaging topics", and 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."

 Alan Butler Gold Award 2012

Alan Butler Awards 2011

Following success in 2010, the Executive Committee of SOHSA was delighted to announce that the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) were not only awarded a Gold Award, but also named 'Overall Winner of the Alan Butler Award' at the Safety Groups UK luncheon held at the House of Lords on Monday 23 January 2012. 

Alan Butler Awards 2011 - Over Winner Alan Butler Award 2011, Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association. Left-Right: Chris Jerman, Immediate Past Chairman, Tracey Stubbs, Association Secretary, and Mark Wait, Association Chairman. Alan Butler Awards 2011 - Chris Jerman, Immediate Past Chair, Tracey Stubbs, Secretary, and Mark Wait, Chairman, were delighted for SOHSA to be named Overall Winner of the Alan Butler Gold Award 2011, awarded by Kerry Ross, Chairman of Safety Groups UK (centre-right).

Regarding the awards, Safety Groups UK posted on their website:

"All the Gold Award Winning Groups provide excellent examples of what Safety Groups do and achieve. They were all exceptional entries but for an outstanding example of the commitment and contribution that Safety Groups make to Health and Safety, the Overall Alan Butler Winner 2011 has been awarded to the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association."

"The SOHSA Website is an exceptional example of wide ranging and quality health and safety communication. The website has resources and downloads for members and also provides information for the wider community - reaching over 4 million hits since its inception in 2007."

Alan Butler Overall Gold Award 2011 Alan Butler Gold Award 2011

All entries were judged on five key performance questions:

  1. How does the group communicate with the members, other health and safety organisations and the wider community?
  2. What topics and speakers were included in the group’s annual programme (seminar or similar) and why?
  3. How does the group support the HSE and its strategy?
  4. How does the group encourage retention and recruitment of members?
  5. What single achievement is the group most proud of in the last 12 months and why?

Entries were awarded an Alan Butler ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, or ‘Bronze’ in recognition of their achievements. To achieve an Alan Butler ‘Gold’ award groups had to demonstrate excellence in all areas. An independent panel than chose an overall winner from the ‘Gold’ awards.

In total there were 4 ‘Bronze’ award winners, 7 ‘Silver’ award winners and 5 ‘Gold’ award winners.

Alan Butler Awards 2010

The association were astounded to walk away from the Alan Butler Awards with two awards and a highly commended commendation for the conference. The 2010 awards were presented at the Safety Groups UK annual London meeting and luncheon hosted by Safety Groups UK President Lord Brougham & Vaux in the House of Lords on 24 January 2011.

Alan Butler Awards 2010 - Philip Marsh, Chris Jerman, Tracey Stubbs and Mark Wait with the Association's three awards.

The association were awarded:

  • Best Programme 2010 Award;
    "Awarded for their high quality calendar of events for 2010 which included a comprehensive range of topics and a broad spectrum of speakers.";
  • Best Communication 2010 Award;
    "Awarded for their range of communication promoting health and safety and raising awareness of issues to members and the wider community, including the excellent regularly updated content-rich website.";
  • Highly Commended for the Best Seminar/Workshop Category.

The Alan Butler Awards, sponsored by BT, recognise excellence and best practice among local safety groups in the Safety Groups UK (SGUK) network. Around 70 groups comprise SGUK, each one consisting of health and safety professionals from the local areas.

For more information on the awards and to see photographs of the award ceremony visit www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk/awards/2010/index.htm

About Alan Butler

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.



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