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Safety heroes recognised

People who continually go above and beyond to drive health and safety forward were recognised with a unique certificate, awarded by the safety & health professions’ chartered body.

They received a Certificate of Merit award from the West of Scotland Branch and this was celebrated during a live-streamed virtual awards ceremony. Usually, awards would be presented during an annual dinner, and like most other events affected by the covid-19 pandemic a new way had to be found.

Eleven individual and four group awards were presented during a virtual ceremony attended by IOSH President, Jimmy Quinn.

The West of Scotland Branch presents Certificate of Merit awards to people who are not safety and health professionals, but whose actions and involvement have provided an outstanding contribution to driving safety and health forward in their business.

Among the winners were people from a range of businesses and organisations throughout Scotland, including: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Bae Systems (Naval Ships), Network Rail, RoSPA, Scottish & Southern Energy and City Facilities Management Holdings Ltd.

Branch chair, Fred Cullum, said “we are very proud of the role that those outside the safety profession can have in making a difference and help make the minimisation of accidents a reality. This influence has been shown by all certificate of merit award winners”.

Taking advantage of the virtual event, this year the ceremony included interviews with some of the award winners, and those who nominated them.

The full ceremony was published onto YouTube and can be viewed here.