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11th February 2020
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International Safety Awards 2020 are launched; new categories added
For the 2020 edition of the International Safety Awards, the British Safety Council has launched new categories of Awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations that campaign to transform health, safety and wellbeing.
The Awards - an internationally recognised accolade for safety excellence and reaching their 62nd year in 2020, recognise and reward organisations that have demonstrated a true commitment to achieving high standards of health and safety during the 2019 calendar year. Last year, over 500 organisations from a wide range of industries, countries and continents won an International Safety Award.
The awards are now open to organisations of all sizes, types and sectors - both members of the British Safety Council and non-members, in the UK and internationally.
There are nine award categories in total, providing companies, teams and individuals with the chance to gain recognition for their hard work and achievements in protecting and enhancing the health, safety and wellbeing of their organisations' workers.
This year, there are several new awards designed to recognise specific health, safety and wellbeing achievements, including the James Tye Award, the Health & Safety Transformation Award and the CEO Award.
The new James Tye Award recognises an organisation or team of individuals who have developed and run a campaign in 2019 that has made a significant impact on health, safety or wellbeing in the workplace. The award is named in honour of the British Safety Council's passionate and charismatic founder James Tye. He campaigned tirelessly to improve the health, safety and welfare of people at work right from the organisation's foundation in 1957 until his death in 1996.
The new Health and Safety Transformation Award recognises organisations that have changed or transformed any aspect of health, safety or wellbeing to a significant extent through the use of information. Applicants will be asked to describe the transformation, how it was planned, what information was used to help achieve the transformation and what positive impact it has had on the organisation.
The new CEO Award recognises the leadership and strategic vision of a CEO (managing director, president, chairperson or director general) who has made a vital contribution to the health & safety of their business and to wider society during 2019. The award winner will have to demonstrate how they have taken an active role in aligning and championing their organisation's health, safety and wellbeing interests with their internal and external stakeholders.
Launching the 2020 awards, Mike Robinson, the British Safety Council's chief executive, said: "The British Safety Council is constantly revising and developing the International Safety Awards to keep them relevant to businesses worldwide and to motivate companies to achieve highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing.
"Among the new award categories launched this year is the James Tye Award introduced in honour of the British Safety Council's inspirational and charismatic founder. Named 'World Safety Person of the Year' by the World Safety Organisation in 2015, James was a fearless campaigner for such issues as life jackets and seat belts. He is also remembered for the publicity battles with royalty who demonstrated unsafe behaviour.
"We hope that this award will help us to identify individuals and corporate campaigners who with equal single-mindedness are striving to make workplaces safer and healthier."
All the winners of the Awards will be invited to celebrate their success at the spectacular 62nd International Safety Awards Gala Dinner which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday, 29th May 2020.
The closing date for applications for the Awards is Friday, 7th February 2020 and the results will be announced on Friday, 10th March 2020.
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