Association for Project Safety launches annual CDM and Student Designer Awards
The national search is now on for champions in design and construction health and safety risk management. The annual awards of the Association for Project Safety [APS] aim to harness the power of industry leaders to help reduce deaths, accidents and ill-health associated with construction by highlighting best practice in construction, design and management.
Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 10 May 2019 and the winners will be announced at the association’s annual conference in Sheffield on 4 September 2019. There are three professional award categories: Health and Safety Initiative of the Year; Project of the Year; and CDM duty holder of the year. There is a separate competition for student designers open to anyone in full-time education studying a construction discipline. Entries are welcomed from members and non-members of the APS.
Association for Project Safety chief executive, Lesley McLeod said: “The Association for Project Safety’s [APS] national awards recognise professional excellence in design and construction health and safety risk management. The four categories – three for professionals and another for student designers – serve a very serious purpose by setting an acknowledged industry-wide benchmark of excellence and highlighting how good design can help cut deaths, injury and ill-health.
“The APS awards are the only national awards to celebrate inspirational good practice in design and construction health and safety risk management. They are always a time for celebration but our awards are also much more than that – professionals and students put their best work forward and provide a living example of ways to make construction safer, and healthier, for everyone.
“Winners have to be the very best to beat the competition and we are looking forward to seeing all the skill, innovation and problem solving the entries will, undoubtedly, demonstrate.”
The shortlist will be announced in June 2019.
Health, wellbeing and safety initiative of the year
This award recognises initiatives that have successfully advanced health, safety and/or wellbeing standards within the construction industry. Entries are welcome from across the sector and could be an example of an innovative solution to a specific problem or for a whole project.
These solutions may be in response to various design/construction risks, public safety hazards, personnel wellbeing or the mental health of stakeholders and employees. Judges are looking for evidence that illustrates creative and effective approaches to raising health, safety and wellbeing standards. Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate the success of the initiative.
Project of the year
This is about demonstrating successful design risk management and effective coordination of all duty holders and other relevant parties from project conception to completion. Judges are looking for a project that showcases proportionate and effective design risk management that takes into account buildability, maintainability and usability issues. They are also looking for the effective management of and engagement with stakeholders.
CDM duty holder of the year
This award is looking for a CDM dutyholder that has shown transparent and unswerving commitment to the control of construction health and safety risk management. Entrants need to be able to demonstrate the efficient and effective planning of work and coordination with other dutyholders so the risks involved are managed from start to finish. Evidence of this can include testimonials, processes and policies, hazard identification and risk mitigation as well as your written entry.
Student Designer Award
The award is open to all students studying construction related disciplines including design and health and safety. The award scheme is intended to introduce students to the issues of buildability, maintainability and usability and their responsibilities in terms of construction health and safety risk management.