After an impressive inaugural event, the Hunter Safety Awards has opened up nominations for the 2017 awards.

The 11 categories cover Work Health and Safety (WHS) leadership, management, improvement, training and innovative ideas, with submissions sought for 10 of the categories.

Awards founder, Sarah-Jane Dunford, said she was thrilled with the outcome of the first event and excited to be launching the 2017 awards.

“There are so many Hunter businesses that are embracing WHS as a core element of their workplace strategy and operations, but they are often quiet achievers,” Ms Dunford said. “It’s essential that these organisations are recognised, not just to raise their own profile, but also the profile of businesses in the Hunter region.”

“Following on from our first event, it is a testament to its success, as well as the importance of WHS that so many businesses have continued their support of the Awards,” Ms Dunford said. “In particular Blackwoods has renewed their Major Sponsorship of the Hunter Safety Awards.”

Blackwoods Area Sales Manager, David Biddles, said the partnership with Hunter Safety Awards was a key element of their commitment to the Hunter community.

“We’re proud to say that Blackwoods is the largest Australian distributor of industrial, engineering and safety workplace needs, but it is also vital to us to keep a close connection to the communities we work within,” Mr Biddles said.

“The Hunter Safety Awards supports and recognises organisations that are going above and beyond in ensuring that WHS is a core element of their business.”

Hunter-based organisations are urged to enter the awards and receive recognition for the innovative and important role that WHS plays in their business.

Categories for the Hunter Safety Awards 2017 are as follows:

  • WHS Business of the Year (not open for submissions, awarded by judges) - sponsored by Blackwoods
  • WHS Champion of the Year - sponsored by University of Newcastle 
  • Young WHS Leader of the Year - sponsored by Lifestyle Cleaning Services
  • Most Innovative WHS Idea (Large organisation) - sponsored by WesTrac
  • Most Innovative WHS Idea (SME) - sponsored by 3M
  • Best WHS Management System (Large organisation) - sponsored by Greencap
  • Best WHS Management System (SME)  - sponsored by Laing O'Rourke
  • Best WHS Improvement (Large organisation) 
  • Best WHS Improvement (SME) - sponsored by KONE Elevators  
  • WHS Student of the Year - sponsored by Hunter TAFE
  • Best WHS Training Course 

CLICK HERE to download the criteria.