Groups show Health and Safety is a Winner

Tuesday, 6th Mar '07 at 17:22
The valuable role played by volunteers who promote health and safety to businesses and organisations in their area has been celebrated at a national awards ceremony.

Occupational health and safety groups from Birmingham, Wales, Lincolnshire, Northern Ireland and Teesside picked up the top prizes for their dedication to the cause.

Around 80 groups represented by Safety Groups UK provide a local forum for communicating health and safety information nationwide and offer help to employers, particularly small businesses. They also seek to influence the country’s health and safety system.

Their commitment is recognised through the Alan Butler Memorial Awards for Excellence, sponsored for the last 11 years by BT. Lord McKenzie of Luton, Minister with responsibility for health and safety at the Department for Work and Pensions, Lord Brougham and Vaux, RoSPA Vice-President and President of Safety Groups UK, and Kerry Ross, Chairman of Safety Groups UK, presented winners with their certificates at the House of Lords on January 25.

Award Winners were:
  • Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association - best overall programme;
  • Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group - best support for HSE priority topics;
  • North Lincs Health and Safety Group - best seminar/workshop;
  • Northern Ireland Safety Group and Teesside Safety Group joint winners - best communication.
The winning prize for each category was £300.

A special award was given to the North West Association of Occupational Safety and Health Groups to mark its 50th anniversary.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA Occupational Safety Adviser and Secretary of Safety Groups UK, said: “The awards recognise the value added to the health and safety movement at a local level by groups throughout the country. They show what can be achieved by volunteers who are committed to their work and provide excellent examples for others to follow.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents supports Safety Groups UK, provides its secretariat and hosts its website www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk . Local contacts can be found on the website.
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