ISS in Ireland received a Distinction in the 2016 National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) Awards, run in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Safety Group
The Award is held to recognise how organisations manage health and safety at work and highlights those companies who show that they possess a clear and proactively structured occupational health programme for their employees.
Now in its 25th year, the award ceremony was held in October 2016 in in Killarney, Ireland. The Distinction awarded to ISS for the Occupational category demonstrates the positive and proactive culture of safety management that exists within the business.
The All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards was established nationally in 1992 and is Ireland’s premier safety awards. By 1995, the Award covered all of Ireland when the Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG) joined forces with the National Irish Safety Organisation.
The Distinction was given for a range of elements that contribute to the ISS Health and Safety programme. ISS Ireland has developed a ‘Passport to Manage Training Programme’ allowing the company to identify the required competence levels, and training and development programmes for its staff to increase safety. In 2014 ISS introduced ‘Safety Champions’ throughout the business to support site operations. Carrying out important roles in the day-to-day safety aspects, the Champions understand the business at employee level and assist many of their peers on health and safety matters. NISO President, Harry Galvin
, speaking about the Awards commented, “The All Ireland Safety Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the great efforts made by so many to have an accident-free workplace. “Companies entering the awards find that not only can they benchmark themselves against companies in the same business but also against industry in general.”
He concluded, “It is also a great opportunity to remind both themselves and their employees about what they have done in the previous year to improve safety and health within the company, as well as identifying which specific areas they will target in the coming year.”
“Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) is of paramount importance to ISS globally and in Ireland,”
explains Eric Doyle, Managing Director, ISS Ireland
. He continues: “We take our responsibilities to our employees extremely seriously. “It’s our responsibility to provide each employee and site with the relevant policy, procedures, safe systems of work, work instructions and tools to do their jobs safely so all of our employees goes home safe to their families at the end of the day.” “We have developed a poster campaign in conjunction with our ‘Tool Box Talks’ regime to help promote this program at site level. We have also created the ISS Safety Rules which gives our employees guidance on best practice in the work place. “We strive to empower and encourage our staff to Stop Unsafe Work,”
says Lisa Hughes, Health, Safety, Environment, Quality Manager, ISS Ireland
. Tim Proctor, Director of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality & Corporate Responsibility UK & Ireland
added, “We are delighted to see our business in Ireland gain this award as it demonstrates that our Health & Safety culture is embedded across our business at every location and every site.”
He concluded, “With over 45,000 people at ISS, we make, and continue to make, an absolute commitment to ensuring that our people, communities, clients and all stakeholders are with us in as safe a manner as possible on our journey to be the world’s greatest service organisation.”
Photo L to R:
Lisa Hughes, HSEQ Manager, ISS Facilities Services; Fergal McKevitt, Secretary, NISO; Mandy Nelson, Chair, Northern Ireland Safety Group; Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Employment and Small Business