Non-OSH professionals recognised for dedication toward health and safety

10 May 2018

IOSH’s West of Scotland Branch has recognised the lengths that non-health and safety professionals go to in order to protect themselves, their colleagues and the public.

180510 West of Scotland

It held its annual Certificate of Merit Awards event on Thursday 26 April. A total of 20 individual awards and one group award were presented at a reception at Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow.

Here are the details of just a few of the winners:

Matthew Paden and Cameron Tait, Police Scotland (group award)

They were appointed by the Police Service of Scotland to develop a corporate strategy around safety kit carried in police vehicles.

They began a project to ensure that, for the first time, a national procurement and delivery of vehicle equipment took place.

It led to the delivery of 14,703 separate items to police stations across Scotland. There were 3,000 items of water safety equipment, 4,000 cones and 4,000 ‘Police Accident’ and ‘Police Slow’ signs.

In nominating them, James Bertram, Health and Safety Manager at Police Scotland, said: “Police Scotland’s fleet of response vehicles now carries a first class set of safety equipment that allows staff to respond to incidents safe in the knowledge that the kit they carry is the best of its kind.

“This was supported by the publication of information to staff on how best to approach the scenes of road traffic accidents along with instruction on how best to protect those scenes.”

Jane Stickley-Woods, Glasgow School of Art

Jane was nominated for her work in two roles: as academic support manager for the School of Design; and as a fire marshal.

She has ensured the school of art’s occupational health and safety procedures, guidance and general communications are disseminated through the School of Design's Senior Management Team. She also drives the review of corporate active monitoring report actions and coordinates the formal feedback on progress with these.

Brian McDade, Health and Safety Officer, nominated her, saying: “She is a strong advocate for good health and safety practice, working tirelessly to support improvements but willing to challenge where this is falling short while collaborating to find solutions.”

Christine Wilson, Glasgow Life

As Sports Operations Assistant Cluster Manager, Christine oversees health and safety at a variety of leisure venues across Glasgow.

She was nominated for a number of pieces of work, including: the devising and implementation of a ‘Lifeguard Zone Visibility Test Report’ format, which has been recognised as a best practice approach; developing a positive safety culture across sites; and establishing site health and safety forums to ensure concerns are treated accordingly.

In his nomination, Health and Safety Officer Mark Young said: “Christine is notorious for 'running a tight ship' when it comes to health and safety across her portfolio of venues, instilling a positive safety culture by encouraging staff to take ownership of health and safety.”

The other recipients of the awards were:

  • Sam Marshallsay, Gleniffer High School

  • Andrew MacLeod and James Fulton, George Leslie Ltd

  • Karlene Telford, Auchenharvie Leisure Centre

  • Scott Robertson, KA Campus Dairy

  • Colin MacLean, Chris Letham and David Wilson, CBES Ltd

  • Craig Dowie, City FM Ltd

  • Jim Watts and Jimmy Miller, Glasgow Life

  • Ailie Adam, Curtis Moore Ltd

  • James Brannan, JBB Groundcare Ltd

  • Karen Findlay, Topek Ltd

  • Yvonne Cannon, SMS Plc

  • Chris MacGuire, Stephenson Group – SCC

  • Scott Bannantyne, Lee Marley Brickwork

  • Stuart Danskin, Balfour Beatty

Image: Delegates at the awards evening at Hampden Park Stadium

Notes for editors

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. We have more than 47,000 members in about 130 countries.

We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable.

Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. Through our 2017-2022 strategy, ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, we will seek to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industry and strengthen our influence globally through impactful research and development.

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