2022 Health and Safety Representative Award

The Health and Safety Representative of the Year Award was presented at Annual Conference 2022 to Brian Pearson from the Carlisle Association.

Brian Pearson from the Carlisle Association

Brian played an invaluable role during the pandemic offering individual and collective support, advice and guidance to NASUWT members with health and safety concerns. He supported and represented many members with risk assessments and maternity concerns, as well as overseeing classroom surveys on CO2 and ventilation. Brian also took on a wider role, representing the Union at council briefings and meetings to advocate for members’ health and safety in the workplace.

The Award

NASUWT Health and Safety Representatives and Co-ordinators do sterling work, effectively utilising health and safety legislation to raise issues and ensuring resolutions are enacted by management.

The NASUWT is at the forefront of protecting the health, safety and welfare of teachers.

Teachers cannot teach and learners cannot learn in school premises that are unsafe, whether that is due to a poor physical environment, the actions or inactions of management, or the poor behaviour of learners.

The Criteria

The Health and Safety Representative Award is made each year to an individual judged to have made an exceptional contribution and shown outstanding effectiveness in their role as an NASUWT Health and Safety Representative.

Each nomination should include:

  • details of the most significant achievements in the area of health and safety;

  • information concerning the difference the nominee made for NASUWT members as a result of being an NASUWT Health and Safety Representative;

  • a brief statement on why the nominee became an NASUWT Health and Safety Representative;

  • details of how the nominee made a positive difference to teachers within the school or workplace.

The winner is presented with a plaque and £1,000 for their school during an awards ceremony at the NASUWT Annual Conference.

2021 Health and Safety Representative Award

Brendan McManus, Cumbria Federation, became the ‘go-to’ expert during the pandemic. He made himself available to help with Covid risk assessments and answer every question he was asked by email or in meetings for schools all over the county, as well as regularly attending Cumbria County Council meetings at both school and corporate level.

Brendan McManus wins the 2021Health and Safety Reps Award

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