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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

Drugs manufacturer's Ulverston site scoops top award

GSK in Ulverston has won a top honour in a prestigious chemical awards.

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Terry Sandman, a Process Manager in GSK Ulverston’s Solvent Recovery Department, is pictured holding the Responsible Care trophy, with Steph McGovern of the BBC, who was the awards’ compere, to the left. Celebrating with Terry are GSK colleagues, left to right, back row – Pat McIver, Colin Crarey, Pete Tayler; middle row – John Kelleher, Greig Rooney; front row – Allison Tippett, Michael Connolly and Sarah Hart.

GSK Ulverston’s initiative in working closely with the local community helped the site win a top honour in this year’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) awards, regarded as the premier accolades for the industry in the UK.

The site, which makes antibiotics used daily by millions of patients around the globe, won the CIA’s Responsible Care Award against stiff opposition which included a number of blue-chip companies.

The CIA makes the annual Responsible Care Award to the company or site which demonstrates leadership and a creative approach.

The award covers 12 categories based on environment, health and safety and community relations and the Ulverston site was subject to a searching review by judges, who visited the facility for a full day.

“We achieved leadership standard in a fantastic ten of the dozen categories and the judges commented that if leadership-plus had been available then Ulverston would have received a number of those”, Pete Tayler, the site’s EHS Lead said.

The judges were particularly impressed with the site’s involvement in the national initiative to engage school children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Ulverston has an extensive team of STEM ambassadors who volunteer to visit schools and colleges in the region and who have been successful in increasing the number of pupils taking up the subjects.

How all Ulverston employees actively get involved in keeping their workplace safe, achieving industry leading levels of accident free operations, also impressed the judging panel.

Sustainability was another strong performance for the site with everyone contributing to using resources efficiently and reducing environmental impact and waste.

Greig Rooney, GSK Ulverston Site Director, commented, “To take the much-prized CIA Responsible Care Award is a huge feather in the cap as we were judged against some of the best companies in the country. Everyone is tremendously proud of the achievement. The judges were very complimentary about the site’s performance across all aspects of the award and we received lots of positive feedback which included that the engagement, knowledge and passion of our people at all levels came across very strongly.”

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