Health & Safety Hero Award

The Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac) award recognises an individual or collective effort to improve Health and Safety Performance in your business.  The Award is part of our wider Health & Safety Hero Campaign for the woodworking industry.

Much maligned, Health and Safety must be the top priority of every business in the UK.  This award recognises those unsung heroes who are keeping us and our colleagues safe and who have made a notable difference to the safety practices and culture in your business. 

The winner could be a direct employee or someone who has led a programme of improvement, from the one off incident to measureable results born of gradual improvement and tenacity.  Entering provides the opportunity for your organisation to be recognised as responsible, caring and effective.

The 2017 British Woodworking Federation Awards winners were announced at the BWF Annual Dinner & Awards which took place on Friday 24th November at the fantastic Drapers' Hall, London. Here you can read about the fantastic winning entries and view photos of the event.

Judging Criteria

The award will be judged against the following criteria:

A focused outcome – An initiative or action that has improved safety in your business
Commitment – How this is linked to the commitment to Health and Safety in your business
Adding value – Demonstrable results

Shortlisted entries in this category will be given a complimentary ticket to the dinner.

**The 2018 Health & Safety Hero award (sponsored by Didac) is now open for entries. Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 6th July 2018**

Download the entry form and enter now!

Previous Winners

2017: Kevin Claughton of Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd

Kevin Claughton, of Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd in Stockton-on-Tees, was recognised for his focus and commitment. By reviewing the COSHH arrangements and changes to the way hazardous waste was contained and stored at his business, Kevin was able to make a cost saving of £18k per year. Kevin (pictured, centre, at the 2017 BWF Awards with the Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd team) was instrumental in Cotswold Manufacturing’s move to a new 89,000 sq ft factory, and has now trained 96 colleagues on health and safety matters – including the company directors.

2016: Kierson

Kierson's exceptional efforts to establish and maintain a safe working environment on site and in a traditional joinery premises. Predominantly site based, Kierson recognised the importance of outside help, monitoring and auditing of their Health and Safety. Here you can read their case study and find out more about the measures they put in place to achieved the 2016 award.

2015: Lawrence Pereira of D J Newman Joinery Ltd

Lawrence was crowned Health and Safety Hero in 2015. He was praised by judges for his dedication to transforming the health and safety of the business. After a full independent audit of health and safety practices, Lawrence introduced new policies, manuals and training for the workforce at D J Newman Joinery Ltd. He has liaised with all employees to see what could be done to make the workplace safer. Judges said Lawrence worked “tirelessly at every stage, drilling into the workforce their responsibilities to each other.”

2014: Steve McWilliam of Howarth Timber (Windows and Doors) Ltd

Steve McWilliam is Fully Finished Production Manager at Howarth Timber (Windows and Doors) Ltd in New Holland, North Lincolnshire. (Peter Woods (left) collected the award on behalf of Steve)

Steve McWilliam’s achievements have been remarkable. As well as his routine work assisting with customers’ health and safety queries and questionnaires, providing detailed risk assessments for his company and training others in health and safety matters, outside work Steve works as a volunteer community first responder for Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services, in conjunction with the East Midlands Ambulance Services. In 2012, Steve received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his services.

He pushed Howarth Timber to have a defibrillator on site – one of the most timely purchases every made by the company, explained Alan Shearer, General Manager at Howarth Timber:

“Within a matter of weeks of us getting the defibrillator, one of our employees suffered a cardiac arrest at work. Through his presence of mind and training, Steve used the equipment to keep the employee alive nine times until the ambulance services arrived. The employee is now fully recovered and back at work.”

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