FAQs: Results

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? The NISO/NISG award marks are based on what an organisation has achieved as shown by the evidence provided.

Are marks allocated evenly over the twelve 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 37 per cent of the marks [relevant for 2020].

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. We would be willing to discuss with organisations who didn’t receive an award or obtained a recognition award, ways that they could improve their entries in subsequent years.

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 Awards, Occupational Health Award, Healthy Workplace Award and the Driving for Work Award.

Other Awards

Exceptional High Achiever Award

Organisations who have maintained high levels of consistency over a continuous ten year period achieving a minimum of distinction level.

Consistent 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.

Healthy Workplace Award 
sponsored by Healthy Ireland

Introduced in 2019, The Healthy Workplace Award recognises the commitment of workplaces who promote health and wellbeing as a core element of the Health and Safety agenda. Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the workplace requires organisations to consult with employees to identify priorities in relation to their health and wellbeing and plan appropriate interventions. Elective programmes are underpinned by strong leadership which facilitates a culture that values and promotes the health of all employees. Workplaces will need to present evidence of communication plans, employee engagement and levels of participation in organised activities. The entrant who scores highest in Section 8 relating to Workplace Health and Wellbeing will win the “Healthy Workplace Award”. 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”. 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.