NIS Safety Manager wins major award
NIS is delighted to announce that Richard Taffs, Safety Manager has been awarded the first ever Archangel Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards held on Wednesday 14th May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Richards’s passion and commitment to Health and Safety has also been incorporated into his work as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador - conducting STEM activities for students outside working hours, and at weekends. He has also adopted a new approach to leading health and safety at NIS and strongly advocates the importance of employees taking safety into their home lives and challenging organisations on safety.
RoSPA, the UK’s family safety charity, established the Guardian Angel Awards as a way of shining a light on individuals whose commitment to safety and accident prevention is displayed through personal initiative, diligence and enthusiasm. It is the first time that RoSPA, a charity with a history stretching back more than 97 years, has run an awards scheme for individuals.
Richard Taffs, NIS Limited: “When I became safety manager and attended my first ROSPA dinner I remember discussing with Richard Penrose (Group Managing Director) that NIS should be up on that stage telling the world who we are. I never ever imagined that just two years later we would be doing that. The award was due to our focus on home safety and the safety work we do for our local schools, we need to continue our focus on all areas of safety and strive to continually improve. Thanks to all at NIS who support me in my role”
Richard Penrose, Group Managing Director: “We are absolutely thrilled that Richards commitment to Health and Safety has been recognised in this way. The energy and passion that Richard displays is exceptional, and everybody that comes into contact with him just can’t help but be infected by this boundless enthusiasm. NIS carry out complex high quality manufacturing activities for the nuclear sector and it is imperative to us that our projects are executed safely and that our workforce protect themselves and others from harm. Richard is a genuine asset to the company, who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty, particularly with his STEM activities, and we are extremely proud of this fantastic achievement”
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive: “It is for his exceptional commitment to shaping health and safety awareness that Richard has received an Archangel Award. The need to be safety aware does not stop when workers go home, indeed more accidents happen when people are away from work, and Richard’s dedication to helping his colleagues think about their family’s safety is commendable. Richard also firmly believes in extending safety to the wider community, as shown through his work with young people; he believes that planting a good understanding of health and safety in young minds will lead to healthier, safer workforces in the future.”