Don Catchment Rivers Trust wins International Safety Award

Don Catchment Rivers Trust is named the winner of the ‘Seize The Opportunity’ award, in the British Safety Council International Safety Awards 2022 for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health through their work.

Don Catchment Rivers Trust is one of the very few to become a special overall award winner in the International Safety Awards 2022, in recognition of its commitment to keeping workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2021 calendar year.

Small scale, socially distanced work sessions brought volunteers back together safely. Here, staff and volunteers are constructing a ‘leaky dam’ for Natural Flood Management.

Now in their 64th year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations and individuals from around the world who have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also recognise organisations and individuals that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health at work.

The ‘Seize The Opportunity’ Award is a new category that recognises organisations that have gone the extra mile to seize health, safety or wellbeing opportunities resulting from a crisis.

Rachel Walker, Operations Director at Don Catchment Rivers Trust said about winning the award:

“The pandemic restrictions were for us, and many organisations, a crisis. We had spent years encouraging people to volunteer, socialise and enjoy our rivers and then suddenly our whole ethos and purpose was disrupted. We could not do our jobs as we knew them. Instead of shutting down, we decided now was the time to put everything we had learnt about wellbeing and supporting volunteers into practice, and we did that with a sound basis in health and safety.

Once restrictions started to ease, walks and talks were a popular way to re-connect

“The Trust is enormously proud of how our staff and volunteers pulled together to support each other through an unprecedented time, and we are particularly pleased to win this award because it shows the power our rivers and natural heritage have for supporting wellbeing. We thank all our funders and supporters for working with us to enable the Trust to make a positive difference at such a terrible time.”

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Don Catchment Rivers Trust on their success in being crowned overall winner of ‘Seize The Opportunity’ in the International Safety Awards 2022. “The British Safety Council commends Don Catchment Rivers Trust on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

Announcing the winners Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council said:

“My sincerest congratulations to all the individuals, teams and organisations that have won a prestigious International Safety Award. The winners have made substantial efforts to protect and enhance the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone in their organisations. All the winners, as well as those who were shortlisted, have gone above and beyond in dedicating additional time, resources and commitment to ensuring their work, teams and workplaces remained healthy and safe during 2021.”