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Sophie Harwood receiviing the Young Health & Safety Champion Award 201

Health and Safety Champions, Employee Wellbeing Initiatives and Health and Safety Innovations are shortlisted for International Safety Awards 2018

Recognising individual contributions to keeping workers and workplaces healthy and safe every day, the British Safety Council will be presenting two special individual awards at the Gala Dinner of the International Safety Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 27 April 2018. The two awards are for Health and Safety Champion of the Year and for Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year. This will be the sixth year that the British Safety Council will be presenting these awards.

The awards recognise exceptional individual performance of non-health and safety professionals who have played a significant role keeping their work colleagues safe and healthy. For the Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award organisations nominate employees aged 25 or over. The Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award is given to a worker aged 16-24.

In 2018, 143 organisations nominated individual employees for these awards. The applicants come from organisations operating in a wide range of industry sectors and countries, including the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

This year for the first time, organisations were also able to apply for two new award categories. The Award for Employee Wellbeing Initiative recognises and rewards organisations which have implemented initiatives promoting and demonstrating a proactive and effective approach to improving worker wellbeing. The Award for Innovation to Improve Occupational Health and Safety recognises and rewards organisations that demonstrated a fresh and innovative approach to improving health and safety at work.

The following individuals have been shortlisted for the Health and Safety Champion Award 2018:

  •          Aayush Bansal, Indian Oil Corporation, Najibabad Depot
  •          Mark Burnett, Clugston Construction Ltd
  •          Pawn Kumar, Subros Ltd
  •          Karen Lillystone, The Football Association
  •          Marcella Phelps, Sodexo UK&I
  •          Deep Sah, GYT – TPL JV

The shortlist for the Young Health and Safety Champion Award 2018 includes:

  •          Jonathon Ajibade, Berkeley Homes
  •          Araceli Carqueijo, Overbury Plc
  •          Ryan Dawes, Sodexo UK&I
  •          Chris Pickup, JLES Group Limited
  •          Sharifah Haziqah Abqarah Bte Hj Malai Masri, Mashhor General Contractors
  •          Chandra Shekhar, Subros Ltd

Last year, Kieren McCafferty, site supervisor at Walker Construction, won the Health and Safety Champion Award. The Young Health and Safety Champion award for 2017 went to Sophie Harwood, junior engineering technician at Waldeck Consulting. They both demonstrated exceptional commitment to ensuring their colleagues’ health and safety and a great deal of initiative by introducing projects that protected co-workers from the risk of injury and ill health.

This year, the following companies have been shortlisted for the Award for Employee Wellbeing Initiative 2018:

  •         Clugston Construction Ltd
  •          Kier North Tyneside
  •          Loughborough University
  •          Queen Mary University of London
  •          Royal Mail Group
  •          Shapoorji Pallonji Bumi Armada Offshore Limited

The shortlist for the Award for Innovation to Improve Occupational Health and Safety 2018 includes:

  •         Aston Martin
  •         Chevron Traffic Management
  •         EPPCO Aviation
  •         Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
  •         Ostro Energy
  •         Stantec Treatment

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council, I warmly congratulate the individuals nominated for the Health and Safety Champion Awards, for their outstanding commitment to management of health, safety and welfare risks in their workplaces. The shortlist of nominations reflects a great deal of individual effort of people who have gone the extra mile over and above their professional roles and responsibilities.

“This year we have introduced two new award categories which reflect the changing nature of workplace health and safety. The nominations for the Award for Employee Wellbeing Initiative show the growing commitment and investment companies are making in workplace wellbeing. We are also delighted to introduce the Award for Innovation to Improve Occupational Health and Safety that rewards businesses demonstrating fresh thinking in their efforts to improve health and safety of their workers.”

“We are very grateful to our panel of judges who have adjudicated these awards and look forward to announcing the winners at the Gala Dinner on Friday, 27 April 2018.”

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