Waste Industry stakeholders take initiative in cutting down on accidents…
A new initiative has been launched aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths in the waste and recycling industry.
The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum has published the new five-point plan after initially hosting a summit meeting back in February when industry leaders indicated the need for new and more efficient risk management strategies.
The plan consists of 24 strategies centred around five themes; leadership, employee participation, competence, safer working environments and support for small and medium sized businesses. And some of the more noteworthy proposals in the document include setting leadership standards from within the waste industry itself, seeking feedback from customers to increase competence levels and developing new training materials that emphasise worker involvement.
WISH chair and a Director of a company within the industry, Chris Jones commented on the new plan:
“WISH has been working to improve health, safety and welfare in waste and recycling for more than a decade, and we’ve made some good progress in that time.
“There’s no shortage of desire in the industry to improve our record – this was clear from the summit in February and the amount of energy and commitment been shown in getting us to this point in publishing the blueprint.
“If the industry combines its efforts, contributes and supports the work needed then everything is achievable, and without unreasonable cost or burden. The more that take part in, and contribute to, the working groups that are being set up, the greater will be the knowledge base, the wider the experience and the lesser will be the burden upon everybody.
“We wanted this to be a sort of road map to healthier and safer industry – something that lets anyone in waste and recycling join us on a journey. There’s a long road ahead but we’re off in the right direction.”
HSE’s waste and recycling lead, Graeme Walker also commented:
“This is a really important development in the drive for improved health and safety in the waste and recycling sector – it shows the industry’s unequivocal commitment to reducing the number of people killed, injured or made unwell. We know from our experience in other sectors, such as construction, that long-term sustainable improvements rely on strong industry leadership and that is what we are seeing here.”
WISH will work with key figures in the industry to promote and implement the proposals contained the plan as soon as possible.
Author: Julian Roberts
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