New KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* awards celebrate the ‘unsung heroes of health & safety’

KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL*, a leading supplier of health and safety products to businesses globally, has launched a new awards scheme designed to recognise the thousands of health and safety professionals who work tirelessly every day to keep their colleagues safe and well.

The MAKE A DIFFERENCE Health & Safety Awards will highlight and celebrate the role of health and safety professionals in a range of manufacturing industries as the ‘unsung hero’ of the workplace, recognising and rewarding individuals who have gone the extra mile to create a safer working environment.

The launch of the awards has been timed to coincide with this year’s World Day for Safety & Health at Work on 28 April. This event is staged annually by the International Labour Organisation to focus attention on the huge numbers of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities that occur worldwide every year, and to highlight effective ways to prevent such incidents.

The MAKE A DIFFERENCE Health & Safety Awards incorporates three categories, each representing a key aspect of the health and safety professional’s role in a typical manufacturing operation:

1. Safe System of Work
2. Information, Instruction, Training & Supervision
3. Selection, Implementation & Compliance of Effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A panel of judges consisting of external health and safety professionals and internal Kimberly-Clark Corporation safety professionals will select three national winners, who will receive the prize of return flights, one night’s accommodation and entry to the A+A Safety, Security & Health at Work International Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 18-21 October 2011. Winners will also be recognised at a special event during the A+A show, where KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* will be exhibiting for the fourth time.

Health and safety professionals and their colleagues are being invited to enter the KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* MAKE A DIFFERENCE Health & Safety Awards. For full terms and conditions and the application form, please visit http://www.evolutionofcare.com/MAKEADIFFERENCE/en. Entries must be received by 12:00 noon GMT on Friday 15 July 2011. Winners will be contacted by 8 September 2011.

Niall Wallace, Health, Safety & Quality Manager at KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* Europe, said: “With our own strong manufacturing heritage and significant on-going investment in occupational safety systems and management, we at KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL* understand the challenges that health and safety professionals face to keep their colleagues safe and protected.”

“That’s why we’ve decided to support the World Day for Safety & Health at Work by launching our new awards scheme – the MAKE A DIFFERENCE Health & Safety Awards. Through these awards we’re inviting companies and individuals to join us in acknowledging the important work health and safety professionals do every day to ensure their colleagues can go about their daily duties in a safe environment. They truly are the unsung heroes of the workplace and our new awards scheme will give some much-deserved attention to their vital contribution.”

KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL*, part of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, leads the world in essential products and services for a healthier, safer and more productive workplace. Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s brands include KLEENEX®, SCOTT®, WYPALL*, JACKSON SAFETY*, KLEENGUARD* AND KIMTECH*.