The Glasgow School of Art and members of staff have been recognised by the West of Scotland branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Employees who have gone the extra mile to prevent workplace accidents and work-related illnesses have been rewarded by the safety and health profession’s chartered body. They received Certificate of Merit awards from the West of Scotland branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The IOSH branch presents the awards to non-safety and health professionals who have been nominated by members of the institution for making a valuable contribution to safety and/or health. Twenty-two individual and three group gongs were presented at an awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium.
Among the winners was Kathy Molloy, Learning Resources Manager at The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA). She was nominated by the GSA’s Health and Safety Officer, Brian McDade, in part for the role she played after a fire in May 2014.
The nomination from Mr McDade said: “In her line management role she consistently demonstrates commitment to health and safety improvement and personally exhibits and promotes positive safety behaviour.
“Over the last year she has co-ordinated her department's actions in response to a re-instituted active monitoring programme. This has included risk assessment review and staff training.
“While she herself would say she was just one of many, Kathy found herself directly involved in the organisational response to the fire in the Mackintosh Building in May 2014. Subsequently she also contributed to the review of the fire and the effectiveness of GSA's response.”
Kathy’s fellow GSA employees, Exhibition’s Director - Jenny Brownrigg and Cathie Randall - General Manager, GSA Enterprises, also won an award, while a group award was also presented to the institution.
Fraser Allan, executive member of the IOSH branch, helped to coordinate the awards, which were first handed out in the early 1990s. After this year’s ceremony, held on Thursday 28 April, he said: “Safety and health is a valuable part of any successful business. However it is not just down to ourselves as OSH professionals to ensure that management systems are followed within organisations.
“It needs the buy-in from members of staff at all levels. They must recognise that they are responsible for their own safety and health at work and that of their colleagues.
“There are many ways that employees go above and beyond and play a vital role in making sure there is an OSH culture throughout their company, one which brings real benefits to the bottom line. Recognising what they do is what these awards are about. Once again we had some excellent entries and I congratulate each award recipient.”
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Notes for Editors:
IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. With more than 44,000 members in 120 countries, we’re the world’s biggest professional health and safety organisation.
We set standards, and support, develop and connect our members with resources, guidance, events and training. We’re the voice of the profession, and campaign on issues that affect millions of working people.
IOSH was founded in 1945 and is a registered charity with international NGO status.