Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn Collects Key Safety Award

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Alan Gunn, Jane Murdoch (Vice Chair SCoS), Norman Stevenson (Chair SGUK & Chair SCoS) and John Sproul (Secretary SGWS)

Photo caption (L to R): Alan Gunn of Banyard Solutions and Chair of Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS); Jane Murdoch, Vice Chair of the Scottish Chamber of Safety (SCoS); Norman Stevenson, Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK) & Chair SCoS; and John Sproul, Secretary of the SGWS.

Banyard Solutions’ Alan Gunn was a special guest at the House of Lords on Monday, receiving a Silver Alan Butler Award on behalf of Safety Group West Scotland (SGWS). Alan, who heads up software development for Banyard Solutions, was invited to the prestigious safety ceremony as part of his role as Chair of SGWS.

The Alan Butler Awards are organised by the Safety Groups UK (SGUK) and held annually to recognise, celebrate and communicate the success of Safety Groups and individuals throughout the UK.

Alan said: “The Alan Butler Awards are an extremely prestigious event and I am naturally delighted to attend and accept the award on behalf of SGWS. The Awards are an important way to show appreciation for those who run the groups and praise the efforts of those who work tirelessly to provide practical help and advice for member companies.”

For the Alan Butler Awards, safety groups are assessed on performance in the following areas:

  • Communication with members, health and safety organisations and the wider community
  • The content delivered within its annual programme and/or seminar
  • How the group supports the HSE and its strategy
  • Key achievements in the past year
  • Growth in membership of the group

SGWS celebrated their 80th Anniversary in November 2017 and so ranks as the oldest safety group in Scotland and one of the oldest in the UK. The organisation has strong connections with the SGUK as well as the HSE.

Banyard Solutions, who are members of SGWS, are an industry leader in the global Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Management software market. Banyard Solutions are the inventor of e-permits, the leading web-based permit-to-work solution.

Alan added: “It is important that organisations such as ourselves, work with the HSE and SGUK to improve awareness of safety and encourage the adoption of continually improving safety measures in the workplace.

“While the HSE are working hard “to prevent death, injury and ill-health in Great Britain’s workplaces – by becoming part of the solution,” it is incumbent on both the safety groups and solution providers such as Banyard Solutions to align with their key messages and ensure that people work safely and are safe at work.”

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