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June 24, 2009

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Well Done- Union safety rep honoured by the Queen

Terri Miller, a union safety rep at a printing firm in Dunstable, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her contribution to health and safety in the print industry.

Ms Miller is a member of the Unite Union, and has been the safety rep at De La Rue Security Print for the last 14 years.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber feels the award is well deserved, he said: “Over the years Terri has worked hard to make sure that her colleagues work in the safest possible environment, and has made a major contribution towards improving safety standards in printing that will have had an impact on print firms across the country.

“Workplaces where there are safety reps, working with employers to make sure that the risks to staff are minimised and that all potential hazards have been eliminated wherever possible, are undoubtedly the safest places to work in the UK.”

Ms Miller commented: “I was absolutely shocked that I had been recognised in this manner just for doing my job. It is hard work trying to make time for safety duties and other union work on top of my job, but it can be very rewarding, in that I can help make my workplace and the printing industry much safer, healthier places to work.

“The award is also for the printing industry and my union ‘Unite’ who have supported me in many things. I would encourage anyone to become interested in health and safety and become a safety rep.”

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