GMB Health and Safety Reps of the Year Award 2022

GMB Health & Safety Reps of the Year - Mary MacArthur Award 2022

Do you know a GMB Safety Rep who has made a real difference at work?


Someone who brings energy, enthusiasm and new ideas to promoting health and safety at work and challenges bad practice to make work safer? If so, please tell us about them!

This award celebrates the positive difference that GMB Safety Reps can make in the workplace. We want to recognise an individual who has made a difference to the working lives of the members they represent.

Since 2018 the Health and Safety Rep of the Year Award has been named after Mary MacArthur, who helped to end the barbaric practice of ‘sweating’ workers and campaigned to improve safety standards for women working with explosives in World War One.

In recognition of the remarkable work that Mary MacArthur did throughout her lifetime, we are asking you to nominate Health & Safety reps who have made an outstanding contribution to workplace safety, often in the face of opposition from employers.

Previous nominees, but not winners, are eligible to be put forward, and nominations are particularly encouraged for reps who are covered by the various strands of the Equality Act. All members, branches or health and safety forums can make nominations so please tell us about a GMB Health and Safety Rep who’s made a real difference where you work.

Please fill in the online form by 29th April 2022. Link:  GMB Health & Safety Reps of the Year - Mary MacArthur Award 2022 ( 

Nominations will be considered by the General Secretary and the awards presented to the winners at GMB Congress, held in Harrogate from 12th to 16th June 2022. 

The overall winner will also be nominated for the TUC Health and Safety Representative of the Year award, which is presented at TUC Congress in September.

All commended regional nominations will be considered for a Regional award by our London Regional Committee.