Health & Safety In The UK Waste & Resource Management Industry

The UK Waste Industry Safety Record

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported on many occasions on the poor record of the Waste Industry, and the industry has responded with efforts to improve matter, especially in areas where the HSE has identified the waste management industry as having unacceptable injury and fatality rates that exceed the national average.

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They are joking aren’t they?

Sadly the number of “reportable” injuries is still well above the all-industry average, and each year there have been deaths to workers. There is no doubt that waste management activities on the whole tend to have inherent dangers, and for some the scope for change is limited. For example, if waste collection operatives are to collect the waste they will always have to be out on the roads working near to their RCVs in all conditions, and reducing injury from road traffic collisions while collecting waste remains an area where reducing accidents has been resistant to all measures. Indeed, some even argue the case for collecting comingled recycled waste in wheelie bins, rather than kerbside sorting of separated recyclable waste streams, as a safer alternative.

However, such issues are for the industry leaders to decide. What remains is for all of those that work in the Waste and Resource Management Industry to be especially careful to ensure that we understand our own responsibilities and comply with the UK’s Health and safety Regulations while going about our daily tasks.

In view of the above, we thought that we would provide a short report which our readers can keep on their computer hard drives, and that we would provide basic essentials of the H&S requirements for England and Wales. So, in this short document we provide:

  • Monitoring Of Health & Safety And Risk Assessment Control Procedure
  • Five Steps to Risk Assessment
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  • Safe transport in waste management and recycling facilities
  • The basics requirements for a traffic risk assessment/traffic management plan.

All with quick reference links to the HSE website for further details.

You can judge yourself whether we have succeeded in providing a useful document by downloading the .pdf version of our report below:

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