2004 Roll of Honour Citations
The Sir George Earle Trophy
FMC Technologies Ltd, Dunfermline
FMC Technologies Ltd of Dunfermline was selected as the 2004 winners of the Sir George Earle Trophy in light of the vigour and scope of its health and safety management programme and the comprehensive way in which the plant had been able to integrate health and safety closely into its day-to-day operations.
While clearly driven by the health and safety objectives and vision policy of its parent organisation, FMC Dunfermline had developed its own unique and outstanding health and safety culture, in which strong corporate leadership of health and safety at board level as a strategic business performance objective was matched by extensive involvement of safety representatives and employees.
The Judging Panel was particularly impressed by the central role played at the Dunfermline site by a central health and safety committee with numerous working parties tackling topics as diverse as COSHH assessments, behavioural safety observation, health promotion and first aid. Sixty-five out of the 300 employees at the site were engaged for significant amounts of time in health and safety project activities.
The Panel noted the level of health and safety training, particularly the attention given to briefing and training senior managers. It was also impressed by the company's commitment to occupational health, to road safety outside work, to working with safety-related charities in the local community and to making its health and safety advice available to its suppliers.
The Panel's overall conclusion was that FMC's example, considering particularly the diversity of its health and safety programme, the commitment and enthusiasm of its managers and the engagement of all its employees, was one that all other organisations could usefully learn from and seek to emulate.
RoSPA Distinguished Service Award
Frank Gill has had a distinguished career in occupational hygiene. He started as a mining engineer specialising in coal mine ventilation, then moved on to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he taught occupational hygiene in the TUC Centenary Institute of Occupational Health. This was followed by a move to the Institute of Occupational Health at the University of Birmingham, where he helped Professor Malcolm Harrington to establish the occupational hygiene programme.
He was president of the British Occupational Hygiene Society in 1988, chairman of the British Examining Board in Occupational Hygiene in 1989/1993, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in recognition of his contribution to occupational health.
Frank Gill's tireless professionalism has not only contributed massively to the improvement of the working environment for millions of workers but he has had a profound effect on the education and training of hundreds of today's occupational hygienists.
For 41 years Wilson Lambe has made an outstanding contribution to safety, particularly in the construction industry in Northern Ireland. For the last 25 years, he has been a health and safety adviser with the NI Construction Employers' Federation. He was one of six founding members of the NI branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) of which he has been at different stages secretary, chairman and its representative on IOSH Council. He became National President of IOSH in 1998/99 and currently chairs its Audit Committee. For the past 35 years he has also served on the Committee of the NI Safety Group and is currently its president.
Wilson has been instrumental in designing and delivering new courses including the five-day course "Managing Safely in the Construction Industry" and the one-day course "Safety for Senior Executives". In 1998, he was instrumental in designing and developing "Safe T Cert", a third-party health and safety management system specific to the construction industry throughout Ireland, which is now recognised by government in NI and forms part of the criteria for tendering for all public sector work. In 1988 Wilson was awarded an MBE for his services to health and safety in the NI construction industry.
Dr Mike McKiernan
Dr Mike McKiernan has led a highly-respected and distinguished career in occupational health and safety. He has worked as senior medical officer, later head (and subsequently director) of health, safety and environment for various Lucas companies and was for a time the head of occupational medicine for HCF Occupational Health Care in Sydney, Australia. He has held several visiting lecturer posts and has made a significant contribution towards advancing the role of occupational health nursing.
He has sought to encourage greater integration of health, safety and environment into the management of business and to foster a multi-disciplinary and global approach. In 1996 Mike was appointed and served for three years as a member of the Health and Safety Commission where he earned wide respect for his outstanding knowledge of industry and occupational medicine and for his role in helping to put health, safety and environment on the map within UK business at a senior level. In 2000 he was appointed as head of occupational policy at the EEF.
Mike is a fellow of numerous professional institutions and faculties, namely: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine (1986); Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (1988); and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is widely respected for his openness, diligence and professionalism and has made many significant contributions to a wide range of learned journals and other academic publications.
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