MPA Highlights Competence as Critical at its Health & Safety Conference and Awards
- 15 December 2011
- Company & Industry News
Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said, “Health and Safety is an absolute priority for MPA and these awards play a key part in helping our industry to achieve its overall goal of Zero Harm by sharing new ideas and fresh thinking.
“MPA recognises that Competence is a key element of health and safety and, as a result, our members developed and recently approved and have now adopted ‘Safer by Competence’ as a key MPA policy. This new policy aims to develop a fully competency-assured workforce and enable members to demonstrate they have achieved this, through meeting the relevant national occupational standards. ‘Safer by Competence’ will support members in reaching the goal of a ‘fully competent workforce’.”
The afternoon Awards presentation moved from the broader issues to look at members' practical and cutting-edge approach to understanding and tackling health and safety challenges. The two overall winners of this year’s independently judged MPA Health and Safety awards were Singleton Birch Limited, who won the Sir Frank Davies Trophy for companies with less than 1000 employees, and John Wainwright and Co. Limited, who won the John Crabbe Memorial Trophy for outstanding excellence in health and safety.
Steve Granger, Immediate Past- President of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety, who was the principal guest at the event, said: “It is a pleasure to be invited to witness such a positive approach and improvements to health and safety in a traditionally hazardous industry. The winners and all who took part clearly understand that when it comes down to business success, workplace health and safety is a ‘must have’.
“Judging the John Crabbe Trophy required companies to show they had a clear understanding of the most common problems in the industry. It is really good to see innovation from the workforce and support from management come together so clearly and yield such positive health and safety improvements.
“I look forward to the MPA Awards as they showcase that health and safety at work in the mineral products environment is improving year on year and help to bust the myth that health and safety stifles businesses.”
Many outstanding examples of industry best practice and innovation in health and safety were showcased at the Awards. The Awards were judged across seven categories, comprising:
- Bitumen; Asphalt; Contract Surfacing: Promoting Safer Behaviour
- Contractors Safety
- Engineering Initiatives
- Leadership; Training and Management Systems Initiative
- LGVs and all company vehicles; Driver Safety/Public Safety
- Occupational Good Health
- Worker Involvement
In addition, two Special Awards were presented and twenty named individuals were recognised for “going the extra mile” in furthering the cause of health and safety.
The audience included entrants, industry representatives, key health and safety personnel, representatives from the HSE, and other stakeholder organisations.
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