We’re delighted to announce that our own Managing Director Ben Williams has been celebrated with the accolade of ‘CEO Award – joint highly commended’ by the judging panel of the British Safety Council 2021 International Safety Awards. 

The commendation acknowledges Ben’s efforts in protecting EPC-UK employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work and presents him as one of the very few to be revered by this prestigious award programme.

Now in its 63rd year, the International Safety Awards recognises and celebrates organisations and individuals from around the world who have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges, a 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 awards’ judges considered Ben’s leadership approach to reflect that of a Managing Director who values his own core beliefs as well as the EPC-UK company SPIRIT ethos, which together have encouraged staff to trust his leadership and follow his direction.

Ben’s prevailing focus on placing ‘safety as paramount’, along with his commitment to applying principles of integrity, have succeeded in helping teams under his leadership to excel in conducting business the right way, first time – both in terms of professional results and wellbeing: 

“Since taking the role of Managing Director over nine years ago, I have strived to improve physical health, safety and mental wellbeing within EPC-UK, the wider EPC Groupe and the UK quarrying industry,” Ben explains.

“I believe it’s imperative that leaders draw on their own experiences to devise initiatives and encourage employees to engage with supportive health and safety programmes. By doing so, physical and mental health improvement tools can be more effectively developed, together with a willingness to participate, both in and out of the workplace.”

Throughout his leadership role, Ben has introduced programmes including EPC-UK’s successful Safety Ambassador initiative which supports all staff members with safety and wellbeing help and guidance and has evolved to encompass both physical and mental elements. He’s also introduced the concept of Safety and Wellbeing Days to reinforce the importance of encouraging healthy working practices for mind and body at work and beyond, and has consistently encouraged two-way conversation surrounding mental and physical health within the working environment.

Bob Woolley, EPC-UK Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, commented that, “Ben has excelled in raising the profile of behavioural effects and has encouraged all his employees to take greater responsibility for their own safety, as well as that of those around them. One of the most effective initiatives has been Engage 360 which has led to an interdependent safety culture, leading his efforts to be truly recognised through this latest award accolade.”

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Ben on his success in being crowned with the ‘CEO Award – joint highly commended’ honour, commenting: “The British Safety Council commends Ben on his achievement. The award is in recognition of his commitment and efforts to keep his employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.   

“My heartfelt congratulations are offered to all of 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 2020 amid a global pandemic.

“I would also like to say thank you to all the organisations who took time to apply for these awards and to our panel of judges who volunteered to adjudicate them.

“It is our vision at the British Safety Council that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. By sharing the achievements of the winners of these awards, we can inspire other employers everywhere to follow their lead and give workers’ health, safety and wellbeing the priority it rightly deserves.

“While there is no International Safety & Mates in Mind Awards Gala Dinner this year, we are making plans and look forward to welcoming Ben to our Gala Dinner in June 2022, to celebrate his success through such challenging times.”

More information on the International Safety Awards can be found at: www.britsafe.org/isa