Winning Awards at the Home of Health and Safety

Safety & Health Expo

On May 17-19, the annual Safety and Health Expo took place at Birmingham’s NEC – and as usual, RoSPA was present with a superb stand (even if we do say so ourselves!). This year, our theme was, “RoSPA: The Home of Health and Safety”, and the stand was modelled on our new headquarters in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

As well as meeting, greeting and talking to the many people

RoSPA's Expo stand: the home of health and safety

who came by to say hello, we also hosted Stocksigns, our safety signs partner, and DBDA, the new home of RoSPA’s products.

Visitors to the stand were invited to enter a prize draw to win a place on the prestigious NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, or an MORR Review for their organisation.

Additionally – and extremely successfully – we had a cyclone game on-stand. Participants had 30 seconds to catch as many red balls as they could and put them in a box, with the winner taking home an iPad2. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? I have it on good authority that it was much more difficult than it looks or sounds!

Tom Mullarkey scrabbles around in our on-stand cyclone game

The winner put away 11 red balls – while RoSPA’s deputy chief executive Errol Taylor, and Andreas Nicoli, one of our stand hosts, managed to put away 13 red balls while squashed into the box together – but as it was a joint venture, they were jointly disqualified!

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “RoSPA was once again proud to be a part of this year’s Safety and Health Expo success story. The RoSPA stand was a real triumph, with the cyclone game attracting a huge number of willing participants all keen to enter our competition.

“Expo is always a great opportunity to meet our colleagues and fellow professionals, and hear about the good work they’re doing on the ground. This year was no exception; we were able to meet and talk to a great many people – old friends and new. Our stand saw an excellent level of footfall, and we established plenty of new relationships with event-goers.

“The calibre of stands and exhibitions was extremely high, and everyone involved can be very proud of their contributions to an excellent event.”

As far as other stands went, the favourite of this intrepid Expo explorer was The Explosion Stand – otherwise known as Denios. They demonstrated what could happen when reactive substances come together in an unplanned manner – with extremely loud results. It was all great fun – and had a serious message at its heart, which was communicated to the audience impressively.

The explosions could be heard from the other end of the NEC – and the NEC is a BIG place!

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards

Every year, RoSPA seems to break records with its award entries. This fact flies in the face of what the popular media would have you believe – that “elf ‘n’ safety” is nothing more than a bothersome irritant, something to be given lip service and complained about.

Guests enjoying Wednesday night's gala dinner

However, our awards ceremonies tell a different tale. More than 1,800 organisations entered this year’s awards; the majority of awards are non-competitive, and are a prestigious way of celebrating and publicising commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention. RoSPA’s awards scheme encourages firms to adopt a sound health and safety culture from the top to the bottom of their organisation – and instil a sense of pride and enthusiasm.

At the gala dinners which took place each evening after the presentations, the major awards were announced – and the feeling of pride was palpable from the hundreds of dinner guests. It isn’t just a good night out on the company dime; winners genuinely look forward to these events, and see them as an opportunity to show off their skills, good reputation, and commitment to their workers. And, not only do our awards provide well-deserved recognition for the winners, but they also encourage other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention. We look forward to seeing all our winners again next year!

Tom Stade: a funny man

After the evening meal, we were treated to entertainment by Canadian comedian Tom Stade, who has written for Tramadol Nights and appeared on One Night Stand, and Stand Up For The Week.

He was extremely funny, waxing lyrical on the joys of Primark, Argos’s ordering system, and the local meat seller from Wolverhampton – as well as handing out marriage guidance advice to all and sundry.

All in all, the three days of Expo and Awards went with a bang and a fanfare – a roaring success enjoyed by all.


Vicky Fraser – Press Officer/Web Editor for RoSPA


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