Simon rewarded for safety work

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A man responsible for helping teachers protect themselves, their pupils and their Peterhead-based school recently won an award.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) North East of Scotland Branch recognised Aberdeenshire Council’s Simon Clunie for his dedication to health and safety at Peterhead Academy.

He was recently awarded the Certificate of Merit during a ceremony at Hilton Treetops Hotel.

The inaugural awards for the branch celebrate the efforts of people who may or may not work in health and safety, but have made a difference to staff morale, boosted wellbeing, or reduced injury and ill-health in their workplace.

Simon supports 150 staff, including headteacher Evan Ritchie and senior management colleagues at Peterhead Academy, helping to manage the health and safety of the whole school and its 1,250 pupils.

He was nominated for his commitment to making sure employees have the right, up-to-date health and safety training, regularly refreshing their knowledge on how to keep good, pragmatic and proportionate health and safety as a top priority.

He also works with the Aberdeenshire Council corporate health and safety team, providing risk assessments that properly protect everyone who touches the school.

Branch chair Donald Macfarlane said: “We think it’s vitally important to recognise the contributions of those people who improve health and safety for colleagues, though they might not even realise that what they are doing is making a huge difference. Simon exemplifies these qualities.”

At the awards ceremony, he congratulated Simon for his attention to detail and his common sense approach to school health and safety.

Simon, who lives in Mintlaw, said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for this award, especially by an organisation that is at the centre of good health and safety and understands how crucial it is to make sure people are kept free from injury and ill-health to help them do their job.

“No one should go to work fearing for their health and safety, so I want to make sure people feel that anything they use in their job is fit for purpose, and doesn’t pose extra risk to our teachers or their pupils.”

After 12 people from across the North East of Scotland were named as certificate winners, Douglas added: “Some of our winners have gone way beyond the call of duty, while others have thought innovatively about how to solve problems.”