Excellence Awards handed out in three categories

27 November 2017

IOSH’s annual Excellence Awards have been handed out, with two groups and a joint entry between a branch and group picking up the gongs.

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For the first time, the awards – designed to recognise projects which promote health and safety – were split into three categories to reflect IOSH’s WORK 2022 strategy: enhance, collaborate and influence.

The Food and Drink Industries Group picked up the award in the enhance category, for its joint working with fellow industry bodies.

The group has worked with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), trade unions and associations, and has been part of the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum working party.

Through this, the National Food and Drink Health and Safety Conference was arranged, while the 2017 International Food and Drink Awards were organised.

In the entry form, group chair John Boyle said:

“The involvement of IOSH members has helped to enhance the quality of the content of the common strategy [between the organisations].”

The collaborate award went to the Northern Ireland Branch and Rural Industries Group for a campaign devised to raise awareness of the most common fatalities in farms in the UK and Ireland.

They worked on a successful exhibition which was part of this year’s Balmoral Agricultural Show. The goal of the ‘Stop and think SAFE’ project was to ensure farmers and their families left the stand better informed and educated in farm health and safety, and to stimulate interest in health and safety among the 100,000 visitors.

The ‘SAFE’ acronym was devised to draw attention to the most frequent causes of accidents and fatalities on farms: Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment.

Jackie O’Neill, IOSH Northern Ireland Branch Chair, said in the entry:

“Building blocks are now in place to continue to educate the younger children who live on farms.”

The influence category was won by the Offshore Group for its project to use collaboration and technology to raise its profile with key stakeholders around the globe.

Organisers used a network of IOSH resources, including webinars and events, culminating in an inaugural annual event attracting members from the oil, gas and renewable energy sector.

Using a defined strategy aligned to WORK 2022, the project established significant working relationships across the sector, and forged links with key industry bodies such as Step Change in Safety, Renewables UK, IMCA, G+, G18, and the HSE.

In the entry, group chair Simon Hatson said:

“The group has seen its most active and productive period in its history. In the two years that the project has been ongoing, the group has travelled across the UK and internationally, and used new technology to engage with its members.”

Other entries in the awards were received from the Singapore Branch, Hazardous Industries Group, South Cumbria and North Lancashire Branch in collaboration with Rural Industries Group, South Wales Branch and Yorkshire Branch.

The awards were handed out at IOSH’s annual dinner, held at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, on Tuesday 21 November.

Andy Crockford, IOSH’s Promotions, Advertising and Design Manager, and part of the awards organising team, said:

“We would like to congratulate all of those networks which entered into the awards. The standard was very high and goes to show the fantastic efforts of IOSH members to protect working people and the public.

“We are excited by projects the IOSH volunteer network engage with and look forward to receiving entries for the 2018 Excellence Awards next year.”

Image: The award winners (from top to bottom): the Offshore Group, Northern Ireland Branch, Food and Drink Industries Group