October 18, 2022

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A helpful guide to entering the SHP Awards

With the deadline extended until 24 October, here are some helpful tips to ensure your SHP Awards submission stands out from the crowd…

  • Make your entry as detailed and informative as you can, as this will help the judges during their deliberations;
  • Try to provide tangible evidence to support what you or your nominee has achieved when explaining why they have been nominated.

The judges will be wanting to see physical evidence as to HOW the nominee has made a difference.

Things to consider:

  • Do you have any supporting data that resulted from a campaign or initiative that was implemented by the nominee?
  • Have they put something in place that has made a significant change in the business, if so, what? What did it mean for the company?

Also, another key thing the judges look out for, is what the person is doing that is above and beyond their day job.

  • What are they doing to support the local community?
  • How are they assisting people/businesses within your sector?

Comments from previous years judges about what they look for in an entry:

  • “Show technique, an outcome (with a measurable result) or even outstanding charisma and influencing skill (with an objective result).”
  • “Display evidence of person-centred approaches to health and safety, evidence of the impact made and innovation.”
  • “Portray pure passion and innovative programs which have made a difference in making people safer at work.”
  • “Provide feedback from the people or companies impacted by this project or person. How has the project developed?”
  • “Demonstrate the right attitude and dedication to succeed.”
  • “Describe the measures they used to determine they made a positive impact and mistakes they made and learnt from and what would they do differently if they had a magic wand.”

Gerry Pearson, Director at Shirley Parsons Project Services – and one of this year’s judges – is looking forward to highlighting the profession as a whole, “The SHP Awards are a brilliant way to recognise and celebrate some amazing initiatives and some super talented people. As a judge, I’m looking forward to broadening my awareness of all the great things going on across the profession. At Shirley Parsons, we have always sought out ways to be different and better from the rest, and that’s exactly what I’ll be looking for from nominees. As we emerge post-pandemic, there’s never been a better time for our industry to innovate, explore and raise the bar. I’m excited to see what this year brings.”

Another judge, Jimmy Quinn, Senior Health and Safety Manager at Multiplex and former IOSH president, told SHP that potential winners should note previous recipients. He cited the work of Dr Mavis Nye who won the most influential award last year for raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. “As someone who nominated the fantastic Mavis Nye last year, that should indicate what we are looking for as judges – selfless commitment, honesty, work ethic, and the ability to change minds and behaviours,” he said, “this is what I am looking for, that person who goes above and beyond, who leads so that people will follow.”

Click here for category information and to enter the 2022 SHP Awards

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