UNISON health and safety reps “go beyond the call of duty,” general secretary Dave Prentis declared last night at the union’s Safety Rep of the Year awards.
The awards ceremony at UNISON Centre in London brought together health and safety reps from across the country.
The event also celebrated the positive difference 40 years of safety reps have made to ordinary people’s working lives.
“Our safety reps go beyond the call of duty to keep themselves, fellow members and the workplace as a whole safer,” said Mr Prentis.“And they should be commended for that.”
Margaret Davis from Eastern region (above left) and Adrian House from the South West (above right)were the two safety reps of the year in recognition if their “outstanding contribution to promoting health and safety at work”.
They were among 12 regional winners in all, who were all praised for excellent health and safety campaigns or contributions to keeping members safe at work.
Speaking as one of those 12, before last night’s award, Ms Davis said: “This has been a total surprise to me.
“I always consider health and safety to be important and continually strive to improve safety for all employees within our organisation.”