2009 Roll of Honour Citations

The Sir George Earle Trophy

Northern Rail

Northern Rail was selected by the Awards Panel to be the recipient of the 2009 Sir George Earle Trophy because it exemplified the key ingredients necessary for creating and sustaining a highly successful health and safety culture. Following the formation of Northern Rail five years ago from two separate operating companies, and with strong leadership from its chief executive, the main board has placed safety at the heart of its values as expressed in its slogan "Being Northern".

In addition to the board collectively setting strategy and targets and directly monitoring performance, each main board member has personal safety objectives, including a significant number of high visibility health and safety tours. This in turn is matched by a high level of workforce involvement and partnership with the trades unions, with safety representatives helping to tackle difficult safety issues including the prevention of threats and assaults on staff.

The panel was particularly impressed with: Northern Rail's approach to securing the competence of its staff and contractors; its approach to learning from business partners; its work on occupational health issues; and the initiatives taken to engage with local communities and young people in particular.

The Awards Panel has no hesitation in commending Northern Rail as an outstanding performer in safety and health which other organisations can be urged to learn from and emulate.

RoSPA Distinguished Service Award

Richard Ash

Richard Ash has made a very significant contribution to the improvement of health and safety in the engineering construction sector for more than 25 years. After a period as a Health and Safety Executive inspector he moved to take up his current role as health and safety adviser to the Engineering Construction Industry Association where he has been influential in representing his industry's viewpoint and initiating much new and useful guidance as well as numerous other construction-related activities designed to cut injuries and ill health.

He is highly thought of by colleagues in his industry, by HSE, by partners in the trades union movement and by ECIA's member companies. In no small measure, through his thoughtful, well reasoned and collaborative approach, Richard has been instrumental in bringing about the very good safety record currently achieved by the engineering construction industry in the UK.

Professor Neil Budworth

Neil Budworth has developed a highly-influential career in occupational safety and health, having worked as a health and safety adviser in the chemical, engineering, printing and utilities sectors while achieving a series of higher academic qualifications in occupational safety and health and environmental management.

He is a past president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and is presently a visiting lecturer in health and safety management at both Middlesex and Loughborough Universities. Since joining IOSH in 1990, he has led the Institution's policies on the safety of young people and on occupational health. He serves on numerous committees and has undertaken extensive research, including into the measurement of a safety climate and the management of lifting and handling in the workplace, with a special emphasis on the management of back pain.

Neil enjoys wide respect among senior health and safety professionals both in the UK and overseas for his dedication to the profession and continues to exercise his influence developing the role of health and safety professionals, particularly in relation to occupational health and wellbeing.

Dr Steven Sadhra

For many years Dr Steven Sadhra has made important contributions in research and education aimed at promoting best practice in the management of occupational safety and health. He is currently director of education for occupational health at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

He is author and co-author of many important texts and as a supervisor for more than thirty Masters of Science projects and supervisor and external examiner for a number of doctorate projects, he has inspired many other practitioners to aim for the highest standards. Recently Steven was asked to head a research team conducting Europe-wide human health risk assessments for chemicals. His work has been recognised by the Royal College of Physicians with an honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and many of his more than 50 publications are required reading in courses in safety at educational institutions in UK and many other countries.

Steven's contribution, through education and research, to promote best practice in occupational safety and health has undoubtedly helped to save lives, reduce injuries and safeguard health.

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