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Striving for Excellence Conference

‘Striving for excellence’ conference, organised by the British Safety Council, will take place on the 9th of April at the InterContinental Regency Hotel in Manama, Bahrain, and it will provide guests with a platform to share expertise, best practice and business experience of managing health and safety to the highest

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International Safety Awards Winners of 2017 Have Been Announced

The International Safety Award winners for 2017 have been announced by the British Safety Council. The awards were announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 5th May as part of the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner. The winners were announced at the event by Lynda Armstrong OBE

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“Mates in Mind” Initiative to Tackle Issues of Mental Health

The building and construction industries will no doubt hugely benefit from this progressive measure organized by the British Safety Council (BSC) to improve the lives of workers in the sector who have mental health to contend with and it is hoped that a much greater understanding of how to work

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

Mike Robinson

British Safety Council Will Present the International Safety Awards

The British Safety Council will be presenting two special individual awards: the ‘Health and Safety Champion of the Year’ and the ‘Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year’ at the Gala Dinner of the International Safety Awards, taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 27th of April 2018. This year represents the sixth year that the British Safety Council will be presenting the awards. These accolades recognise exceptional individual performance of non-health and safety professionals who have played a significant role keeping their work colleagues safe and healthy. The Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award will go to a nominated employee aged 25 or over, while the Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award will be given to a worker aged between 16 and 24. This year, organisations were also allowed to nominate for two new categories: the Award for Employee Wellbeing Initiative, which recognises and rewards organisations which have implemented initiatives promoting and demonstrating a proactive and effective approach to improving worker wellbeing, and the Award for Innovation to Improve Occupational Health and Safety, which recognises and rewards organisations that demonstrated a fresh and innovative approach to improving health and safety at work. “This year we have introduced two new award categories which reflect the changing nature of workplace health and safety. The nominations for the Award for Employee Wellbeing Initiative show the growing commitment and investment companies are making in workplace wellbeing. We are also delighted to introduce the Award for Innovation to Improve Occupational Health and Safety that rewards businesses demonstrating fresh thinking in their efforts to improve health and safety of their workers,” explained Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council. In 2018, 143 organisations nominated individual employees for these awards. The applicants come from organisations operating in a wide range of industry sectors and countries, including the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday, 27th of April.

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Striving for Excellence Conference

‘Striving for excellence’ conference, organised by the British Safety Council, will take place on the 9th of April at the InterContinental Regency Hotel in Manama, Bahrain, and it will provide guests with a platform to share expertise, best practice and business experience of managing health and safety to the highest international standards. “Our annual conference in Bahrain is an important international platform for addressing the most pertinent health and safety issues and sharing best practice with our members and partners in the region. The vision of the British Safety Council is that ‘no-one should be injured or made ill at work’. Sharing expertise and ensuring close cooperation between leading organisations will help to make this aspiration a reality,” said Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council. At the event there will be expert speakers, thought leadership sessions and case studies, such as that of Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) presented by Hafedh Al-Qassab, General Manager Refining at the Bahrain Petroleum. They are designed to help organisations prepare for the future health and safety challenges. “BAPCO has been in the oil and gas business for some 80 years and has witnessed fundamental changes in personal and process safety. Our personal safety journey is the result of continual improvement of our health and safety management systems over many decades. It resulted in the current excellent personal safety records reflected by a number of international safety awards. Our presentation will focus on our safety journey, the tools we used, the benefits we realised and our future plans,” commented Hafedh Al-Qassab. The British Safety Council has been campaigning, advising and educating workers and employers worldwide on how to make workplaces safe for everyone for 60 years. It has also shared best practice in work-related health, wellbeing and managing environmental risks. The British Safety Council has strong links with the Middle Eastern region and works in partnership with many leading businesses in Bahrain, such as Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Bahrain National Gas Company and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

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International Safety Awards Winners of 2017 Have Been Announced

The International Safety Award winners for 2017 have been announced by the British Safety Council. The awards were announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 5th May as part of the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner. The winners were announced at the event by Lynda Armstrong OBE from the Chair of Trustees and Mike Robinson the Chief Executive of the British Safety Council. At the event the individual winners of the Health and Safety Champion and the Young Health and Safety Champion were also revealed. The event celebrated the achievements of the 535 companies from around the world that won an award. The number and caliber of the applicants showed the panel of judges a high level of commitment to keeping their employees healthy and safe while at work. The British Safety Council has been running for around 60 years and works to provide a trusted guide that leads to an excellent level of health, safety and environmental management. The Council haave worked to change opinions about the significance of managing risks in the workplace as well as outside of it. However, the council acknowledge the businesses that adopt the change and adapt to the different practices. The annual Awards event takes place in order to recognise the role of businesses that keeping the British Safety Council going. The Health and Safety Champion Award was given to Kieren McCafferty of Walker Construction in Kent. For this category the highly commended award went to Stephen Wilkinson of Addison Lee in London. The Young Health and Safety Champion was given to Sophie Harwood of Waldeck Consulting and Wilmott Dixon Interiors’ Tom Arkley was given the highly commended award. The Sector Awards are given out each year to the organisations that were considered by the judges to be outstanding in their respective sectors. Among the winners of these categories are L&T Construction, Arsenal Football Club, Dubai Municipality and Bahrain National Gas Company.

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“Mates in Mind” Initiative to Tackle Issues of Mental Health

The building and construction industries will no doubt hugely benefit from this progressive measure organized by the British Safety Council (BSC) to improve the lives of workers in the sector who have mental health to contend with and it is hoped that a much greater understanding of how to work with this will improve the lives of these individuals in the workplace. Following on from the meeting convened by the Health in Construction Leadership Group (or HCLG) back on the 28th January this year, the Chief Executive Officers declared the go-ahead for the “Mates in Mind” initiative. This particular new initiative is designed to enable site managers, foremen and team leaders the opportunity to learn more about the challenges experienced by construction workers suffering from mental illness, and how their leaders can help them to have a better experience of their workplace. In this way, the prejudices and preconceptions made about those affected by mental health issues can be lifted in the workplace, thus encouraging integration, understanding, compassion and a better relationship between workers on site. This vital and necessary goal is aided and approved by a number of other charitable organizations dedicated to tackling issues of mental health, including such charitable bodies as Mind and Mental Health First Aid England. Featuring an attendance of 300 team leaders and heads in the building and construction industry, the HCLG was a successful and innovative meeting that has been in place twice now, and it is greatly hoped that the program will be a success. As under the implementation of Mike Robinson of the BSC, it is greatly hoped that the staggering figures showing how many thousands of construction employees around the country are affected by mental health due to problems encountered in the construction industry will be significantly lowered in the future years to come. It is hoped that businesses all over the industry will cooperate to making this encouraging intention a reality.

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