Safety Groups UK



For 2018 and beyond, SGUK will integrate two award systems which complement each other perfectly - The Alan Butler and Maurice Adamson Achievement Awards being specifically for SGUK Groups to enter and the SCOS Innovation Awards for any organisation to enter.

The Alan Butler Awards have been running independently for 22 years and the SCOS Awards have been running independently for over 40 years.  Integrating them will provide the benefit of their combined strength and extended influence.



For SGUK Groups - Incorporating Alan Butler and Maurice Adamson Awards

  • Alan Butler (AB) Award
   Best entry receives a shield and a sum of money from sponsor
  • AB Gold Awards
   On merit, winners receive a certificate and a sum of money from sponsors
  • AB Silver and Bronze Awards
   On merit, winners receive a certificate
  • Maurice Adamson Award
   Nominated by Groups for outstanding service to Groups by an individual

For UK wide Group Members - Incorporating SCOS Lord Cullen Trophy

  • Lord Cullen (LC) Trophy
   Best entry receives the LC Trophy, a Silver Cup
  • Albert Porter Rose Bowl
   LC Trophy winner's local Group receives Silver Rose Bowl
  • SCOS Award
   LC Second Prize receives a silver plated Punch Bowl
  • Stevenson Shield
   LC Third Prize receives a Wooden Shield


Section 1 - Achievement is open to all SGUK Groups.  The Alan Butler Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate Group excellence and the Maurice Adamson Award recognises outstanding individuals nominated by Groups.

Section 2 - Innovation is open to all organisations, of any size, based or operating in the UK and irrespective of whether or not they are currently members of a SGUK Group.  The aim of these awards is to recognise the innovative work being done to raise the standards of health and safety management and help to enhance local group membership, with recognition for the winning organisation's local group as well.

The Award Ceremony is traditionally held in the auspicious surroundings of the House of Lords which also provides an excellent celebration luncheon for winners, sponsors and guests from the most significant health and safety organisations in the UK.



Award Ceremony will take place on Monday 29th January 2018 at the House of Lords.

The SGUK awards are an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and communicate the success of Safety Groups and individuals.

SGUK has two Award Categories:

  • The Alan Butler Awards to celebrate the achievements of the Safety Groups
  • The Maurice Adamson Award to recognise the work of individuals within Safety Groups

The Alan Butler Awards

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Alan Butler

Alan Butler represented the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association on the National Health and Safety Groups Council (now SGUK) from July 1985. He served as a Vice Chairman of the Council from October 1991 to October 1993 and served as Chairman of the Council from October 1993 until his untimely death on 17 August 1995.

One of his ideas was to encourage high standards of work in individual Groups and to recognise this by publicising their achievements across the Groups movement.

For the last 20+ years our awards have been named in his honour.

The Award

The Alan Butler Awards celebrate the achievements of the Safety Groups.

All Safety Groups who are members are SGUK are invited to enter.


Maurice Adamson Award

Maurice Adamson

Maurice Adamson worked tirelessly for over 20 years in improving the standards of health and safety ensuring workers stay safe. He was the driving force behind the committee of the Teesside Safety Group and supported the North East SHE Partnership on a day to day basis, as well as organising many seminars and SHE events across the region. SGUK introduced the award in remembrance of Maurice Adamson sadly passed away in February 2010. The Teesside Safety Group has since merged with NESHEP

The Award

  • The Maurice Adamson Award recognises the 'Outstanding contribution from an individual to the Safety Groups Movement'. Any elected member of a Safety Group's Committee is invited to nominate an individual for the Maurice Adamson award