Gold for Sheffield at the Alan Butler Awards 2012

Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) on 2013-01-30 22:09:01
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. 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   

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