RoSPA Top Safety Award For CWU National Health And Safety Officer
Unionsafety is proud to announce that Dave Joyce of CWU's Health, Safety and Environment department has won a top award for the work he does in promoting health and safety in the workplace and on protecting the environment.
Communication Workers Union National Health, Safety and Environment Officer Dave Joyce has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with the Society’s prestigious top award for individuals – the health and safety ‘Guardian Angel’ award.
The top health and safety accolade is awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable difference in the world of safety and injury prevention through their initiative, diligence, enthusiasm, commitment and preparedness to go the extra mile. Dave received his award at a special presentation ceremony and is pictured with RoSPA President and Former Labour Health and Safety Minister Lord Bill McKenzie.
“RoSPA is delighted to recognise the dedication of Dave Joyce with the RoSPA top individual Award. Dave is committed to fostering a safe working culture, not only thinking about the safety of those who he represents but also looking to improve safety in society and inspire others.”
Commenting on the award to the Union's long standing National Health And Safety Officer, Dave Ward CWU General Secretary said:
The current Dog Control Laws in the UK owes much of Dave's commitment, enthusiasm and leadership. Dave's inspirational on many levels and his self-motivation is remarkable, campaigning for new Dog Control Laws for seven years, working tirelessly and never giving up until he succeeded.
Dave recently worked with IOSH on the ‘No Time To Lose’ Occupational Work-Cancer Campaign, regarding Sun Safety for CWU Members and worked with MIND the Mental Health Charity and Royal Mail on ‘Work-Stress’ and ‘Mental Health’ through “Time To Change”, introducing new assessment and support policies and has also been championing the TUC’s ‘Dying To Work’ charter, getting Royal Mail and BT to support the protocol and sign-up.
"The Co-ord congratulates Dave and at the same time applauds him for the work he does as our National Officer.
For us, the quality of the work and the dedication to the issues we as Branch Health and Safety Co-ordinators, and all our Union safety Reps are concerned with; can only be fully addressed when the Union is committed to promoting best practice and working with our employers to establish this in the workplace.
For that, we need a strong, knowledgeable and authoritive national officer, which we have in Dave.
His dedication to the cause, is second to none!"
Dave Joyce was delighted that RoSPA had decided to recognise a Trade Unionist.
Website editor, Chris Ingram added his congratulations on a personal level:
" Dave in every way deserves this recognition from RoSPA and in every sense of the word. Even through his recovery period from a horrendous road traffic accident, he stayed in contact as much as possible with his department and the Union's safety reps.
Dave is always approachable, supportive and informative and can be relied on to help Branches and their Co-ordinators as much as possible.
He makes my job as editor of this website a lot easier, via his LTBs and through the articles he sends me directly."
It would be indeed be, a very sad day, and backwards step for this Union if he was ever to leave his position as head of CWU's Health and safety department."
Dave Joyce Profile:
Dave is a qualified Engineer and Health & Safety Professional, and is the Union's lead spokesperson and negotiator on Health, Safety and Environmental issues dealing with employers, government departments, Ministers and enforcing authorities (Health and Safety Executive, Local Authorities, Fire Service and Police etc).
He is a member of the TUC's Union Health & Safety Specialists Committee, and has represented both the CWU and the TUC nationally and internationally on workers Health & Safety issues, in particular those affecting CWU members. He is now widely recognised as a leading Trade Union authority on Health & Safety at work, and leads a number of CWU and Trade Union campaigns for improving occupational health & safety at work.
Source: CWU / Derek Maylor / Chris Ingram / Dave Joyce