DuPont announces 2011 safety award recipients
29 September 2011
DuPont has announced the five recipients of the 10th Annual DuPont Safety Awards. These awards recognise outstanding initiatives towards workplace safety enhancements and incident prevention in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Janet Asherson (Environment, Health, and Safety Adviser, International Organisation of Employers), Andrew Taylor (Health and Safety Director, Cemex UK), and James Weigand (President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions)
Selected by an independent jury representing respected European occupational health and safety organisations, the 2011 recipients in the five award categories are:
· Anglo American (mining) for Visible Management Commitment
· Cemex UK Operations (construction) for Innovative Approach
· Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC (UAE) (civil engineering) for Sustainable Business Impact
· Egypt Basic Industries Corporation (industrial manufacturing) for Cultural Evolution
· Emirates Aluminium (aluminium smelting) for Performance Improvement
Anglo-American and Cemex UK Operations were recognised specifically for projects involving engagement with external stakeholders.
“Like DuPont, these companies believe that the protection of people and the environment is best achieved through collaboration and partnership,” said Koen van Neyghem, Managing Director, DuPont Sustainable Solutions – Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Winners and finalists for the DuPont Safety Awards also testify to the importance of collaboration in improving safety performance.
Philip Williamson, Head of Human Resources, Anglo American Thermal Coal, South Africa said: “Our company has gone above and beyond to embed safety into all aspects of our business. We feel this could only be achieved through partnership – without strong, viable relationships with all stakeholders, the safety challenges facing the mining industry in South Africa cannot be addressed in a sustainable manner. We are proud that our collaborative efforts have led us to be named as a winner of a DuPont Safety Award.”
A similar sentiment was expressed by Andrew Taylor, Health and Safety Director, Cemex UK. “We are very pleased that our hard work and commitment to improve not only our own safety performance, but also that of society at large, has led us to be recognised as a winner of the DuPont Safety Award. We believe that our improved safety performance has allowed us to become a more sustainable company, and proven to other companies in the UK that investing in safety truly pays off.”
P.J. Douglas Ltd and Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station, jointly named as a finalist for an award, expanded on the notion of collaboration as a means to achieve improved outcomes “With our partners Manchester Metropolitan University and the British Safety Council, we were able to identify and address the shortcomings of traditional behavioural safety methodologies using cutting edge research in neuro-psychology, social psychology and decision making,” said Mike Mahoney, Director of HSE for P.J. Douglas Ltd and Marcin Nazaruk, Culture Change Manager at the SSE's Fiddler's Ferry Power Station, in a joint statement. “We are very pleased to be recognised for our efforts.”
The award ceremony took place in Istanbul, Turkey, within the context of the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, the prestigious triennial international forum co-organised by the International Labour Organisation, the International Social Security Association and the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security. DuPont is a premium sponsor of and active participant in the event this year.
“We are very pleased to recognise these companies for their achievements and commitment to safety excellence and the welfare of their employees,” said Koen van Neyghem. “They, like us, believe that safety is good business, that employees work harder in safe environments, and that all workers deserve to go home safely at the end of the day.”
The top image shows from left to right: Janet Asherson (Environment, Health, and Safety Adviser, International Organisation of Employers), Andrew Taylor (Health and Safety Director, Cemex UK), and James Weigand (President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions).
The second image shows from left to right: Andrew Sharman (President of the DuPont Safety Awards Jury, Health and Safety Director, Owens-Illinois), Gideon du Plessis (Deputy General Secretary, Solidarity union South Africa), Philip Williamson (Head of Human Resources, Anglo American Thermal Coal, South Africa), James Weigand (President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions).
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