11 January 2011
University honours volunteers
Steve Somogyi, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Resources, presents the awards. Photos: Margund Sallowsky.
- Health and safety volunteers honoured 19/12/2011
RMIT University held a ceremony to honour the almost 1,000 staff who volunteer in health and safety roles.
They comprise 100 health and safety representatives, 250 first aiders and 600 fire wardens.
Steve Somogyi, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Resources, told the ceremony: “RMIT is a large and complex organisation and we are highly dependant on the good will of those in our community who are prepared to put in such extra effort.
“That is true whether it is responding to a health and safety issue, treating another staff member or student for an injury or ensuring everyone is evacuated safely from a building.
“There is also considerable time commitment to attend training and to ensure knowledge and skills are up-to-date and tested on a regular basis.
“On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, and all at RMIT, I would like to thank everyone for their valuable contribution and ongoing commitment to making RMIT a safer place.”
Winners of the annual awards were:
Health and Safety Committee of the Year
School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning OHS and Equal Opportunity Committee
Best Solution to a Health and Safety Risk
Safety Fencing for CNC Industrial router – School of Architecture and Design
Outstanding Service - First Aider
Adrienne Bowd and Marie Grindal, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
Best Fire Evacuation
Health and Safety Representative of the Year
David Beesley, School of Media and Communication
Outstanding Service - First Aider – award winner Adrienne Bowd.
Best Solution to a Health and Safety Risk went to the School of Architecture and Design.
Toby Fraser and Sally Burnett accepting the Best Fire Evacuation award for building 22.
Health and Safety Representative of the Year award was won by David Beesley.(Accepted by Wendy Little)