When it comes to winning the 2015 SafeWork Awards Safety in Leadership award, it’s not about the certificate on the wall or even the plaque that adorns his desk. For Craig Murray, it’s about validation.

It’s as simple as that.

“Winning a SafeWork Award validates your own thinking. And it’s that validation that drives your own confidence and your own ability,” he said.

“What I’m doing, what I’m thinking and what I’m saying – the award has made me feel like I’m doing all the right things.”

Craig, the WHS Environmental Systems Manager at Sydney Fish Market, says winning the award has also cemented his credibility as a safety champion in his workplace.

“I think other employees (at Sydney Fish Market) feel as if I’m giving them sound knowledge and advice – it really is a great endorsement.”

He says the Awards offer anyone the opportunity to achieve this if they just put not only their mind, but also their heart into it.

The 2016 SafeWork Awards are now open for entry. For Craig, it’s not even a question as to whether people who are interested in safety in NSW should apply.

“The big thing for me is that I didn’t think I was doing anything special. It’s very easy for all of us to play down and underestimate our own achievements – I certainly didn’t think I had achieved enough to ever be SafeWork Awards winner,” he said.

“All I can say to other businesses is just do it.”

So what are you waiting for?

Some big changes promise to make this year’s Awards better and easier to enter than ever.

The all-new Excellence in workplace health and safety culture category will highlight organisations that have not only developed outstanding safety systems but have shown a continuous, all-encompassing commitment to safety.

There are also more categories tailored for small businesses, so even if you don’t have the safety and recovery at work budget of the big boys you’re still in with a chance.

This year we’ve launched a new-look website to make entering easier than ever – just enter your details, answer a few questions and you’re on your way. It’s fast, simple and free!

The clock is ticking so visit safeworkawards.com.au to get started. And remember we’re here to help, so call us on 4321 4444 with any questions.

Good luck!

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