• International Workplace
  • 9 October 2008

Workplace Law member wins health and safety award

Workplace Law corporate members Leeds University were among the winners at last night’s SHP IOSH Awards 2008, the premier event for health and safety professionals in the UK.

The university won the award for Best Health and Safety Achievement in Local Authorities and Education, for the success of its “Me + you” campaign in communicating the importance of health and safety throughout the organisation. The judges described the initiative as: “an impressive organisational commitment to re-energising occupational safety and health in the university sector” and “a good example of a collaborative approach that benefits the whole community.”

Other awards went to BAA Stansted, UK Steel, the University of Portsmouth, and British Gas Services.

Overall Campaign of the Year was awarded to National Grid for its “Trusted to work responsibly” project which was commended for its tight specification and “real clarity of purpose”.

The night provided a great opportunity for the health and safety sector to respond to idle media criticism of the industry as a collection of nay-sayers and doom mongers, with host Marcus Brigstocke treading an exquisitely hazardous line between satirising and supporting the audience of health and safety professionals. While he questioned the point of BAe Systems ensuring their air to air missile systems were built safely – given their purpose is to kill people – former IOSH President Lawrence Waterman reiterated the point that everyone has the right to go home safely after a day’s work, whatever they do for a living.

The laughter went to Brigstocke. The applause went to Waterman.

The second year of these awards, now formally aligned with IOSH, attracted a bumper crop of entries. The full list of winners can be found at