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Hunter Safety Awards back on the agenda in 2022


After a thrice postponed 2020 ceremony, the Hunter Safety Awards will return to normal in 2022.

And, it’s all scheduled to take place at the Newcastle Exhibition Centre (NEX) on Friday 11 March.

With AGL continuing its sponsorship of the prestigious event, local individuals and companies will vie for the honours in 13 categories: WHS Business of the Year, WHS Champion of the Year, Young WHS Leader of the Year, Most Innovative WHS Idea (large organisation), Most Innovative WHS Idea (SME), Best WHS Management System (large organisation), Best WHS Management System (SME), Best WHS Improvement (large organisation), Best WHS Improvement (SME), Best Health & Wellbeing Program (large organisation), Best Health & Wellbeing Program (SME), WHS Student of the Year and Best WHS Training Course.

Submissions are now open and eligible to businesses who have integrated work, health and safety as part of their core business.

AGL general manager Liddell and Bayswater Len McLachlan said AGL was proud to sponsor the Hunter Safety Awards in 2022.

“At AGL, our priority is reliably providing essential services for our customers and our communities,” he stated.

“But, doing so with safety as a non-negotiable consideration.

“We have been impressed by the work that businesses in the Hunter region have done to put health, safety and wellbeing first.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented its own set of challenges in managing a safe workplace and emphasised the importance of prioritising mental health in the workplace.

“Every year, submissions showcase the innovative ways businesses and individuals are committing to safety, ensuring that not only their workplace is safe but the wider community, too.”

After COVID-19 forced the 2020 Hunter Safety Awards to be postponed to 2021, the team was hopeful the winners would get a second chance to dress up to celebrate the occasion.

However, the pandemic had other plans.

The most recent outbreak meant the ceremony, due to be staged in August, was also cancelled.

The founder, and driving force behind the Hunter Safety Awards, Sarah-Jane Dunford said the decision to cancel following the postponement was difficult, but necessary.

“As the leading, and only awards in the Hunter region dedicated to safety, we had to lead by example,” she explained.

“We were monitoring the situation closely and as it grew worse, we knew we had to cancel the event.

“In the end, we made the right decision as the outbreak in the Hunter soon got out of hand.”

Instead, the 2020 winners were announced virtually on social media and the website.

“With all signs pointing to a more ‘normal’ awards for 2022, we are really encouraging people to enter – and get the recognition they deserve,” Ms Dunford said.

Award criteria and submission guidelines for Hunter businesses can be downloaded via the Hunter Safety Awards website.

Applications will close on 5 November.

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