Blueprint to be unveiled in April aimed at tackling safety issues in waste and recycling industry…
Key figures in the waste and recycling industry have decided upon a blueprint to tackle the increasingly worrying number of injuries and deaths that affect those working in the sector.
Industry leaders met in Solihull in a landmark summit meeting to decide upon a strategy to deal with health and safety issues and to agree upon measures to improve the health and safety record in the waste and recycling industry.
The event was organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum and aimed to deliver a consensus among those working in the industry so that a way forward might be agreed upon to better protect the safety of their employees.
The new plan is set to be unveiled in April but will first need to be ratified by WISH. It will address a wide range of issues and the document will contain sections relating to leadership, competence, support for small business, creating safer working environments and worker participation in decision-making.
HSE Chairwoman Judith Hackitt described at the keynote speech at the conference why she believes the new blueprint is of such significance to the industry:
“We must work together to respond to the current challenges and drive improvements in health and safety performance, but improving the track record is not for HSE to resolve alone – industry must take the lead.”
Chris Jones, the Chairman of WISH added:
“The theme of the summit was delivering the solution together. We have established now that there is a clear willingness and commitment to take action – now we have to stop talking about it and get on with making it happen.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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