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National health & safety awards now open for entries

National health & safety awards now open for entries

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 10 February 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. In operation since 2005, the awards are run by Safeguard magazine and proudly supported by WorkSafe New Zealand. They are the only cross-sector national awards celebrating achievement in health and safety.

The awards recognise businesses and individuals who have launched effective and innovative initiatives to address health and safety issues at their workplace. They give national recognition to good ideas and hard-working people who have made a difference.

Last year’s awards attracted 148 entries and a record 550 people attending the gala dinner.

The organisers would like to encourage everyone to consider entering – it provides an opportunity to reflect on what makes your business successful, to recognise the achievements of staff, and to network and engage with others in the safety community.

The 2016 awards are for initiatives which took place primarily in 2015, but which may have commenced up to a year earlier. The closing date for entries is Monday 4 April. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland’s SKYCITY Convention Centre on 25 May.

Categories available for entry:

Category 1 - SAFETY
Kensington Swan best initiative to address a safety risk

Category 2 – OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
WorkSafe New Zealand best initiative to address a health risk

Category 3 - WELLBEING
Vitae best initiative to improve employee wellbeing

Category 4 - ENGAGEMENT
NZ Safety best initiative to encourage engagement in health and safety

Category 5 – DESIGN
SICK best use of design or technology to eliminate or isolate a risk

Category 6 – SMALL BUSINESS
Site Safe best health and safety initiative by a small business

Category 7 – LARGE ORGANISATION
Impac best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation

Category 8 – LEADERSHIP
ACC best leadership of an industry sector or region

Category 9 – PRACTITIONER
NZISM health and safety practitioner of the year

Category 10 – EMPLOYEE
edenfx most influential employee

Category 11 – EXECUTIVE LEADER
Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum executive of the year

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Countdown Lifetime Achievement Award

ENDS

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