From the left: Valerie Kennedy, Jimmy Tongue, and James Woolgrove accept the Alan Butler Gold Award from Lord Jordan and Dr Bob Rajan, Principal Inspector, Health and Safety Executive, during a ceremony at the House of Lords

On 30 January, representatives of South Cumbria Occupational Health and Safety Group (SCOHSG) were presented a Safety Groups UK, Alan Butler Gold award, by Lord Jordan, during an award luncheon held at the House of Lords, London.

Safety Groups UK judges selected SCOHSG for a gold award after assessing the work that they have done to raise occupational health and safety standards in their area during the past year against the achievements of other voluntary UK safety groups. James Woolgrove, chairman of SCOHSG and a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) said:

“We are delighted that Safety Groups UK has given SCOHSG a gold award. Our safety group provides valuable networking opportunities for members attending our meetings and our 2016 Gold award recognises the quality of our group’s monthly meetings and our web site as well as our collaborative work with HSE and IOSH to promote HSE’s key health and safety strategies to the wider community.”

Valerie Kennedy, Programme Secretary said: “Most safety groups and organisations require that members have professional qualifications but SCOHSG was set up in the 1950s specifically to help companies learn more about best health and safety practice. Membership is for companies, not individuals. Company members can send representatives to meetings as a cost-effective way of providing them with high quality health and safety training. Our monthly meeting topics are based on a mixture of ‘hot’ safety topics and members’ suggestions. Our committee members work hard to find knowledgeable speakers with good presentational skills and we actively encourage members to ask searching questions about practical ways of improving workplace health and safety culture.”

SCOHSG’s monthly meetings are run in association with South Cumbria and North Lancashire IOSH District at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands.

SCOHSG committee members are currently collaborating with the IOSH Rural Industries Group, Newton Rigg Agricultural College and others to organise a health and safety training day for those working in rural industries. The day will include lectures and practical demonstrations; it will be hosted by Newton Rigg Agricultural College on 16 March 2017.

Jimmy Tongue, SCOHSG Vice Chairman said: “Our group is good at encouraging managers, health and safety professionals and employees to join together to help improve their own and others’ knowledge on the ever-evolving role of workplace safety”

Jimmy, Val and James on Westminster Terrace after the award ceremony
SCOHSG representatives receive national gold award