2005 Roll of Honour Citations
The Sir George Earle Trophy
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC)
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company of Bahrain was selected as winner of the RoSPA 2005 Sir George Earle Trophy from a small number of closely-matched finalists, all of whom exhibited an outstanding level of commitment and professionalism in the management of health and safety at work.
Among the factors which led the RoSPA Awards Panel to select GPIC as the overall winner was its outstanding top level leadership of health and safety; its efforts in synthesising the best from worldwide health and safety standards to build a truly robust risk management regime; the various steps it had taken to involve the whole workforce; its strong focus on off-the-job safety; and its efforts to involve employees' families and the wider community in numerous initiatives to raise awareness of health, safety and environmental issues.
The Panel was also greatly impressed by the substantial and positive influence GPIC has had on the continuing development of health and safety legislation and culture within Bahrain and its commitment to embed such values in the continuing development of its society.
RoSPA Distinguished Service Award
For more than 30 years Cynthia Atwell has made a major contribution to occupational health practice, having worked in a variety of environments including heavy engineering, food, agriculture, milling, health service, local government and transportation. Also a qualified teacher, she spent five years teaching occupational health and remains a visiting lecturer to the Universities of Birmingham, Surrey and Wolverhampton, as well as having set up a Diploma in Occupational Health Practice at the University of Warwick.
Cynthia served as a member of the HSC in 1996-98 (the first occupational health nurse to be appointed to the commission) and earlier, on the English National Board for nursing, midwifery and health visiting. She is a member of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners; the RCN Society of Occupational Health Nurses; the Occupational Health Managers Forum; the British Occupational Hygiene Society and the National Occupational Health Forum; and has represented the UK on the Federation of Occupational Health Nurses in the European Union.
She is widely published, including contributing chapters to four professional occupational health publications and has been a member of the editorial panel of the Occupational Health Journal for the past six years.
With her wide and varied experience Cynthia now works as a consultant but she continues to contribute her expertise to RoSPA and other organisations committed to raising the profile of occupational health.
Dr Paul Oldershaw
For 30 years, Paul Oldershaw has been a key player in occupational hygiene in the UK, the EU and globally. After qualifying in chemistry at UMIST, he worked in the chemical industry before joining the Factory Inspectorate in 1974, where he specialised in the occupational hygiene of fibres and other particulates and developed important innovations in dust sampling.
While at HSE, Paul has been responsible for: developing occupational hygiene field support services; the specialist section on asbestos and fibre controls; EU negotiations on asbestos, chemical agents, man-made fibres and methodologies for fibre counting; the new chemicals notification scheme; introduction of the UK statutory system for assessing and approving pesticides; and the UK technical system for setting chemical exposure limits. He contributed greatly to development of the COSHH Regulations and the generic framework for hygiene requirements for chemicals, which has been widely copied internationally. He helped build, and currently heads, a multidisciplinary body of health professionals in HSE and has chaired or been secretary to major government professional committees.
Dr Oldershaw lectures internationally and has received the prestigious Yant Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association for commitment to promoting occupational hygiene worldwide, especially in developing economies. He has been an active member of the British Occupational Hygiene Society, having served as council member, honorary secretary, and twice as president. He holds various professional posts through which he continues to contribute to hygiene and the health sciences generally.
Fred Parkin has made a substantial contribution to occupational health and safety. Originally from London, he moved to Hereford in 1980 and worked in personnel management and latterly in health and safety coordination until his retirement.
For the past 11 years Fred has been chair of the committee of the Herefordshire Health and Safety Group and the group's representative on the National Groups Council. He was chair of the council for the last two years until its recent AGM.
During his time with the Herefordshire Group its membership has increased from some 30 member organisations to 120. Fred's dedication and commitment to working to improve health and safety in the county over the last 25 years has been exemplary and he has not only improved the working environment within the community but has kept health and safety as a key element in the work activities of the group's member organisations.
Fred's involvement with the RoSPA National Groups Council is further evidence not only of his drive to improve health and safety within the Herefordshire, South Wales and Worcestershire areas but at national level too.
Lawrence Waterman is one of the UK's foremost authorities on accident and ill health prevention, particularly in the construction industry. He is a Fellow of IOSH - of which he is currently president; a registered safety practitioner; and a Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene. The integration of occupational hygiene and safety techniques has been the core of his work.
Early in his career, Lawrence undertook pioneering work within the civil aviation sector on controlling harmful exposures during paint processes. Over many years since, he has energetically proposed a more professional approach to health in construction. He is chairman of Sypol Limited, a leading UK health, safety and environmental consultancy and has fulfilled diverse roles including as occupational health adviser to the Heathrow Terminal 5 project and leader of a team providing health and safety support to Defra during the foot and mouth epidemic.
Lawrence is a member of the Health and Safety Board of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Research Committee of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the Occupational Health Working Party of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and the "Working Well Together" Management Committee which seeks to improve health and safety in the construction sector, in which he has also been appointed project director for the occupational health pilot "Constructing Better Health". In 1995 he was the joint recipient of the ICE's medal for Safety in Construction.
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