FAQs – The Results and Feedback
Most of the marks awarded go to organisations who provide evidence. Is this true?
Yes. There is considerable difference between what an organisation hopes to achieve and what is actually achieved? NISO/NISG award marks based on what an organisation has achieved as shown by the evidence provided.
Are marks allocated evenly over the eleven sections [see prompt list]?
No, the amount of marks allocated differ from section to section and differ from year to year depending on changes and determinations of weightings made. Sections two, three and five are the three most important sections from a marking point of view and account for almost 40 per cent of the marks.
What feedback will I get once the marks are issued?
Currently, the feedback given to all organisations is done through workshops which are usually conducted at various locations throughout the country upon publication of the promotional brochure and updating of the Safetyawards.ie website in January of each year. The awards process is generating more feedback which is being passed on to organisations who attend the workshops. A detailed individual feedback process would be resource intensive and if implemented would also be costly. Organisations with such budgets may be at a competitive advantage over those organisations without these resources. From 2012, we have produced individualised feedback in the form of radar charts based on how organisations performed in each of the sections of the submission [Now eleven sections]. We cannot enter into individual discussions at this point in time.
Is there any follow through or visits to organisations who make an entry?
No, the NISO/NISG Safety Awards are judged on the merits of the submission made. As a result, the marking of the awards is based on evidence supplied. NISO/NISG and most of its members may not have the resources to facilitate what would effectively be an audit by NISO/NISG should visiting the organisation be part of the adjudication process.
Does the safety award process include a site visit to audit what has been documented in the submission?
No, not currently. The adjudicators spend the whole summer evaluating the submissions. The resources that would be required in terms of time to visit the sites and evaluate them would significantly increase the entry fee and reduce available time for adjudication. We are currently examining how site visits could be incorporated into a future award scheme.
Why did I not win the Supreme Award?
The awards are competitive in nature. Even an improved entry may not result in a better award if the competition is also improving. The opposite also applies.
Can I win two awards with one entry?
No, you can only win one award from one entry. You will be allocated the highest award automatically, for example, if you have been awarded the best marks within a region but you are also are in line for a President’s Award. You will automatically be awarded the Presidents Awards as it is deemed to be a higher award. The exception to this are the following: High Achiever Award, Occupational Health Award, Superior Performance Award and the Driving for Work Award.
High Achiever Award
Organisations who have maintained high levels of consistency over a continuous five year period achieving a minimum of distinction level.
Occupational Health Award
This award, sponsored by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), is designed for organisations who demonstrate clear evidence that they manage a clear and proactively structured occupational health programme for their employees. This programme is based on the hazard identification and risk assessments applicable within the company and may include such items as, Pre-employment medicals, Periodic medicals, Hearing, Vibration, Skin Care, Respiratory issues, General Health issues, EAP, Shift Work, Diet, Hygiene matters, etc.
No separate entry is required but the winner will be selected from all entries who can demonstrate and provide evidence that their occupational health programme is top class. This award will be made in addition to whatever other award the successful organisation has achieved.
Superior Performance Award
This award, sponsored by Anderco, will be presented to an organisation that demonstrates as much evidence as possible that they provide a safety working environment for their employees, visitors, contractors, public, neighbours, etc. Superior performance is defined as measures introduced over and above the legal requirement to do so.
No separate entry is required. To be in with a chance to win this award, you must include as much evidence of superior performance in Section 10 of the Awards. The organisation that scores the highest mark in Section 10 will be awarded the Superior Performance Award, sponsored by Anderco. This award will be made in addition to whatever other award the successful organisation has achieved.
Driving for Work Award
The Driving for Work Award, as part of the overall Occupational Safety Awards, requires entrants to demonstrate evidence of the following in relation to driving for work: policy, planning, practice, measuring performance and reviewing performance. It also includes Work Related Vehicle Safety.
The entrant who scores highest in Section 10 relating to Work Related Vehicle Safety (including Driving for Work) will win the “Driving for Work Award” sponsored by Merrion Fleet Management Ltd. This award will be made in addition to whatever other award the successful organisation has achieved.
If I am successful in winning an Award, when will I be notified?
As the adjudication process is lengthy, it is normally the end of August / start of September before organisations are notified. There may be some variations around this date from year to year. The date will also be linked to the date of the Safety Awards Presentation Ceremony dinner.