Regional Safe Mission Adviser (North) Aaron Smith is boosting The Salvation Army’s occupational health and safety credentials after completing his National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety with distinction.
Not only that but Aaron also picked up the Phil Hughes award for receiving the highest mark that year in the Managing Health and Safety unit – the highest mark received so far on this unit by any other student.
Aaron with Bill Callahan, Gerard Hand and Teresa Budworth
Aaron funded his National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) diploma prior to joining The Salvation Army’s Safe Mission team in February 2011, where he works with the Northern, North-Western and Yorkshire Divisions. In his role as an advisor to these divisions, Aaron offers guidance on fire and food safety issues, as well as general health and safety matters, offering support to corps in carrying out risk assessments, guiding on legal queries and providing training opportunities to ensure mission is carried out safely and in optimum working conditions.
Aaron with other award winners
Previously, Aaron worked as an environmental health officer. Of working for the church/charity, he said: “I wanted a new challenge and The Salvation Army sounded like an organisation I could really work for and become involved in.
“In my previous role, I wanted to go out and make a difference to people’s lives. Although I made a difference in the last role, working for The Salvation Army across three divisions means I have the opportunity to make an even greater impact to people’s lives at work and in ministry. If I can improve the safety of the locations in my remit, then I will be really satisfied.”
Aaron with Phil Hughes who award is named after
“My line manager was thrilled that I was named the top candidate and hopes this will raise the profile of health and safety within The Salvation Army. I have also been able to become a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety, which will further increase both mine and the organisation’s credibility.
“The NEBOSH graduation was just fantastic and confirmed the level of professionalism I have achieved. It also reminded me to thank those around me for supporting me during my studies – to my wife especially.”