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Influential health and safety professional honoured for making workplaces safer

A leading member of the health and safety community in Scotland with more than 25 years’ service has been honoured for his efforts in making workplaces safer for all, with a top award.

Norman Stevenson, a former leading member and chairman of Strathclyde Health and Safety Group and now a life President of Safety Group West of Scotland, has been presented with the Maurice Adamson Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual to the Safety Groups UK (SGUK) movement.

Norman, who is chairman at the Scottish Chamber of Safety, collected his award at a ceremony at the House of Lords on Monday, January 25. Lord Brougham and Vaux, president of SGUK, and John Cairns, SGUK’s chairman, presented the awards.

Norman has led, sustained and developed the Safety Groups movement in the west of Scotland, helping to build the Safety, Health and Environment (Scotland) Group – today known as Safety Group West of Scotland.

He has been recognised for being an effective networker, who has worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and helped to reinstate failed groups including the Edinburgh and Lothians Group.

At a UK level, Norman has played an active role in restructuring Safety Groups UK, serving on the management committee and contributing to the development of its campaigns. He has been a torchbearer for better health and safety in Scotland and beyond, and is credited for ensuring that many are alive and well today because of his work to make workplaces safer and healthier for Scotland’s workforce.

After receiving his award, Norman said: “It was an absolute pleasure to receive this award for 2015. It is most gratifying when recognition is given by your peer group for just doing what I feel we are supposed to do anyway.

“As far as being recognised in this way, I am certainly not alone where commitment to the cause is concerned, and I thank everyone that I have worked with over the years for their help and support and their willingness to be influenced by my passion.”

John Cairns said: ““A tremendous day was had by all at the House of Lords to celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements of local safety groups. A capacity audience was present both at the morning meeting and the afternoon awards ceremony. Many congratulations to Norman.”

The Maurice Adamson Award is presented as part of the Safety Groups UK Awards, hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Safety Groups UK is made up of around 70 local voluntary organisations, which each consist of health and safety professionals who give up their free time to promote, share information and offer practical help to employers in their communities in a bid to prevent accidents and ill health at work.

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