Craig Edge of PAL (Group) Operations Ltd – 2021 Serious About Safety Award winner!

“I was very honored to be the first person to receive the award. I believe that safety gets very little recognition and is only looked at when things go wrong.”

– Craig Edge, 2021 Serious About Safety Award winner

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Craig. I have been in the role of Quality and Health and Safety Manager for PAL (Group) Operations for the past 14 years. I moved into Quality Control at the age of 20 and passed my National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) qualification at the age of 21. As I progressed through my career, the roles of Quality and Health and Safety Manager went hand in hand. I undertake training alongside our operatives to ensure my understanding as to what is involved for reasons such as writing procedures etc. PAL only use the best safety trainers. I have undertaken courses in confined spaces, noise management, asbestos awareness and working at heights, to name but a few.

How would you sum up the role of Health and Safety Manager in a single sentence?

It is a role which is required to be taken seriously, with the responsibilities in which you are entrusted with.

What is your greatest accomplishment as Quality and Health and Safety Manager?

PAL (Group) Operations receiving this award, to be publicly recognised.

“Craig is always first to step forward to answer questions, explaining why each safety precaution is necessary.”

– Kevin Foster, Sales & Marketing Director of PAL (Group) Operations

What is the greatest reward of being responsible for the safety of your co-workers?

Seeing the development over the past 14 years in which the company has taken great strides in protecting the welfare of staff, and listening to the valuable input in which other staff members have contributed.

Can you tell us a little more about your involvement with community youth groups?

For the last 8 years, I have been secretary of Cheer Eclipse Cheerleaders. I have also been a Scout leader, as well as being secretary for Sedgley and Gornal U13’s Football Club.

“Everything is risk assessed and regulated. We are sent on regular training courses to improve our knowledge and skills, giving us the ability to know what to do if anything were to go wrong.”

– Ellie, Former UK National Champion & Captain of Cheer Eclipse Cheerleaders

How does it feel to be the first recipient of the Serious About Safety Award?

I was very honored to be the first person to receive the award. I believe that safety gets very little recognition and is only looked at when things go wrong. I encourage all employees to take safety seriously, as the repercussions can be catastrophic.

A huge congratulations to Craig Edge for being the first recipient of the Serious About safety Award!