Safety is front of mind for the 2023 Hunter Safety Awards finalists

Safety is front of mind for the 2023 Hunter Safety Awards finalists

The annual Hunter Safety Awards is returning for its seventh year and have announced their 2023 finalists. The entries explore a range of WHS approaches from management systems, new ideas, and innovative health and wellbeing programs to improve the lives of staff.

Hunter Safety Awards Founder and Judge, Sarah-Jane Dunford said this was one of their toughest years judging, with so many new and returning businesses entering off the back of a successful 2022.

“Every year we’re impressed with the range of WHS approaches and initiatives, but to see new businesses on the finalists list is fantastic,” Sarah-Jane said.

“We’re also excited to have a high number of entries for our individual categories. While we’re proud to showcase the work of businesses in the Hunter, the work of the individuals is equally commendable.”

The Hunter Safety Awards were launched in 2016 to highlight and acknowledge companies and individuals within the Hunter region who demonstrate best-practice and innovative approaches when it comes to workplace health and safety.

Each year the Hunter Safety Awards attracts sponsors from local, national, and international business communities.  AGL General Manager Liddell and Bayswater, Len McLachlan said AGL is proud to return in 2023.

 “Safety is a non-negotiable at AGL for our staff, customers and communities,” Len said. “Each year we have sponsored the Hunter Safety Awards we’ve been overwhelmed by the dedication and commitment to safety excellence in so many Hunter-based businesses.

“We’re looking forward to again seeing the remarkable ideas, programs and innovations from businesses that are putting safety first in our community,” Len said.

In addition to AGL, there is also a large group of returning award sponsors, including; the University of Newcastle, uvex, WesTrac, 3M, Red Insight, BY Group, Ampcontrol, Tomago Aluminium, Strike Force Services and ARTC.

In 2023, the awards has also welcomed two new sponsors, Brimble and Fenech Demolition. Fenech Demolition is no stranger to the awards, having won two awards in 2022.

Manager of Fenech Demolition, Julian Fenech was inspired by their wins, and the efforts of other businesses involved, and says he was excited to jump on board as a sponsor in 2023.

“Our team was over the moon when we won not one, but two awards last year,” Julian said.

“The awards showed us the importance of recognising the work of other local businesses, and we were keen to be a part of the initiative in 2023.”

Awards will be presented across 13 categories and will see the winners announced at a gala event on Friday 17 March 2023 at Newcastle Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEX).

“As the only awards event specifically for WHS professionals in the Hunter, we’re looking forward to networking and supporting the finalists and the winners for our seventh gala night,” Sarah-Jane concluded.


IMAGE | The Hunter Safety Awards trophies up for grabs

Hunter Safety Awards

The Hunter region is well-known for leading the way in industry, this in turn has led to the region becoming champions of WHS.

The Hunter Safety Award were born out of desire to recognise companies and individuals within the Hunter region who are demonstrating best-practice and innovative approaches when it comes to workplace health and safety (WHS).

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