A health and safety manager who is committed to developing healthier and safer workforces in the future is among the first winners of a new award presented by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Richard Taffs was nominated in RoSPA’s new Guardian Angel Awards scheme by his Chorley-based employer NIS Ltd, in recognition of his exceptional commitment to promoting health and safety, both at work and in the community, particularly through his work with school and college students.
He received an Archangel Award - the highest accolade in the Guardian Angel Awards - at a gala banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.
Richard incorporates health and safety awareness 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, Ackhurst Road, Chorley - personally mentoring apprentices and graduates, and strongly advocating the importance of employees taking safety into their home lives and challenging organisations on safety.
Richard received his award from Lord McKenzie of Luton, RoSPA president, and Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive.
Mr Mullarkey said: “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.
Gill Marsden, NIS business development director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Richard’s commitment to health and safety has been recognised in this way. The energy and passion that Richard displays is exceptional, and everybody who comes into contact with him just can’t help but be infected by his boundless enthusiasm.”