Engineering firm Nuvia has won the highest-possible honour at the country’s most prestigious and longest-running health and safety awards.
The organisation – which is an engineering, project management and services provider for industries including nuclear and science and research – was presented with the Sir George Earle Trophy, an annual prize which recognises the best entry in the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, at a ceremony last night (June 6).
Nuvia was selected as the winner of the trophy, having picked up the RoSPA Awards’ Engineering Services Sector Award for an impressive fifth time. Judges were particularly impressed by the board’s commitment to and leadership in health and safety.
The judging panel also praised the organisation’s approach to innovation, and highlighted a strong focus on consultation and engagement with the workforce as being key to achieving positive outcomes.
The organisation has also been commended for its approach to succession planning, with investment in STEM ambassadors in schools, and opportunities provided for apprentices and new recruits to partake in personal and professional development.
Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “RoSPA’s vision is of life, free from serious accidental injury, and we look to our award winners to help us achieve this goal, and to ensure their employees go home to their families, safe and well, at the end of each working day. Nuvia is the embodiment of this vision, and an exemplary winner of the Sir George Earle Trophy.
“We were pleased to see that the company is actively sharing learning and knowledge outside of its own walls, spreading its health and safety expertise throughout its parent company and with SMEs. As the trophy winner, Nuvia will now be invited to join RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee to extend its reach even further.”
Keith Collett, CEO of Nuvia, said: “This award is for everyone at Nuvia – our staff, our contractors and our supply chain. It shows that the actions and attitudes of all our people towards safety, health and environment have created the kind of culture we first talked about a decade ago. It shows that our focus on workforce involvement, developing talent from within and on effective leadership have given the results we hoped for. This is an important milestone on that journey but it doesn’t mean we’ve reached the end of that road – if anything, it means we have to be at the top of our game all the time now as we will have to constantly prove we are worthy of this great award.”
The presentation of the trophy was made during the Birmingham leg of the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards – other ceremonies are held in London and Glasgow. The awards programme, which is sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK, and is now into its 63rd year. It recognises organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
While the majority of awards are non-competitive – recognising individual organisations’ achievements – competitive awards are presented in 20 industry sectors and for specialist areas of health and safety management.
The industry sector award winners in the RoSPA Awards 2018 are: Chemical – Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company; Commercial and Business Services – AS Watson Superdrug/Savers/The Perfume Shop; Construction – Commercial, sponsored by QBE Insurance Group – Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd – Scotland Projects; Education and Training Services – South and City College Birmingham; Electricity – Ras Girtas Power Company; Engineering Services – Nuvia Limited; Facilities Management – EMCOR UK at AWE; Healthcare Services – Barchester Healthcare; Housebuilding and Property Development – Berkeley St Edward; International Sector Award, sponsored by airsweb – Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company; Manufacturing, sponsored by QBE Insurance Group – Greenergy Biofuels Limited; National Defence – BAE Systems, Land (UK), Washington; Oil and Gas – Wales and West Utilities; Public Service and Local Government – Tascor Services Ltd; Research and Development – NSG Environmental Ltd; Transport, Storage and Distribution, sponsored by QBE Insurance Group – Palletline Ltd. There were also categories for Construction - Engineering, in which Cavendish Nuclear Ltd and Trant Engineering Ltd were both highly commended, Food and Drink Manufacturing, in which The Lettuce Company (Sussex) was highly commended, and Hotel and Catering, in which Aramark – Offshore was commended.
The specialist award winners in the RoSPA Awards 2018 are: RoSPA Fleet Safety Technology Trophy, sponsored by Tesco Dotcom – McGee Group; RoSPA Fleet Safety Trophy, sponsored by Allianz – HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd; Health at Work Award – JCA Engineering Ltd; RoSPA International Dilmun Environmental Award, sponsored by GPIC – Amey – Highways Business Unit; Leisure Safety Trophy, sponsored by Sportscover – Go Ape!; Safe@Work, Safe@Home Trophy, sponsored by L’Oreal – Hindustan Coca Cola Beverage Pvt Ltd DASNA Plant; and the Workforce Involvement in Safety and Health Trophy, sponsored by Springfields Fuels Ltd – Cavendish Nuclear Ltd.
For 2019, RoSPA also introduced the Inspiration Awards, in which the efforts of individuals, teams and projects are honoured. Recipients this year included: Distinguished Service Award – Andy Brierley, Allan Low Young Hui, Murali Krishnan, Claire Oakes, Elyana Abdul Rashid, and Zakariah B Yusoff; Influencer – Steve Broom from Dyer & Butler, Kelly Hansford from Lanes Group Plc, Hashim Bin Majid from Gas Processing Plants Santong, and Karl Whiteman from Berkeley Group; Initiative of the Year – My Health Index (MHI), from Hindustan Coca Cola Beverage Pvt Ltd DASNA Plant; Team of the Year – MAN-TP Health, Safety and Environmental Team at Laing O’Rourke (Europe) Manchester Airport Transformation Project; Pride – Jack Gales from Lanes Group.