Recognising the importance of our members’ work to the health and safety of the nation, we are proud to announce that the 2022 New Year Honours list featured three IOSH members.
Chartered member Simon French, who is chief inspector of rail accidents at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), has been awarded an OBE. Simon, who has been a member of IOSH for more than 20 years, received his award for services to railway safety.
'I feel very proud and honoured to have been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours list,' said Simon.
'I fully appreciate that I could never have achieved this without the support of an amazing team. Over the last 17 years at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, I have always been able to rely on people who care about the job, who work hard and have the courage to confront the most difficult of situations and issues.
'Most of all, I have benefited from working in an environment of effective team working, mutual respect and a genuine concern for one another’s well-being. It is for these reasons I consider that my award is shared by everybody at RAIB.'
Another IOSH member recognised for his work in railway safety was Jeremy Wall GradIOSH, who is duty operations manager, engineering for London Underground. Jeremy was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to transport and public safety.
'I was hugely proud and absolutely delighted to receive this recognition, which was submitted and supported by my colleagues in policing and transport. That individuals were willing to make the effort to do so is very humbling. It was especially pleasing for the safety aspect to be mentioned in the citation, highlighting the importance of the role that safety practitioners play,' Jeremy said.
'Each of the recipients have played a key role in developing crucial ways of protecting working people and the awards are richly deserved'
And also receiving a BEM is IOSH Affiliate member Alex Page, who is head of safety and risk at English Heritage, and has been recognised for services to heritage safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
'It was a big surprise and a nice end to the year to hear that I’d been nominated for the BEM for services to heritage safety during the pandemic. It’s a huge honour that I accept on behalf of my team and many other people in English Heritage,' Alex said.
'I’ve been so impressed with my colleagues who have worked tirelessly over the last two years to reduce the risk posed by the virus, while carrying on with essential project and conservation work and maintaining an excellent visitor experience.
'It’s been a tough couple of years for visitor and tourism-based businesses but the level of information and best practice sharing within the visitor attraction and heritage sectors has been second to none and I’m really proud to work in such a creative, vibrant, hard-working and pragmatic industry.'
Alex’s award is in keeping with one theme of the 2022 New Year Honours, which were marked by some headline awards to people who played a prominent role during the Covid pandemic. England’s chief medical officer (CMO) Chris Whitty and deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam both received knighthoods, as did Scotland’s CMO Dr Gregor Smith and Wales’s CMO Frank Atherton.
Louise Hosking, president of IOSH, said: 'On behalf of IOSH, I would like to congratulate our members who have been included in the New Year Honours.
'These awards recognise the importance of good occupational safety and health. Each of the recipients have played a key role in developing crucial ways of protecting working people and the awards are richly deserved.'
Last year, four occupational health and safety professionals made the UK's New Year Honours list for 2021.