Biffa adopts “revolutionary” health and safety platform

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Biffa is launching a new health and safety platform, EcoOnline, that it says will be a “game-changer” in how it manages risk.

Already the recipient of a full Five Star rating from the British Safety Council, and with an improving lost-time injury rate, the sustainable waste and recycling company says nothing is more important than the health and safety of its key workers, customers, contractors and the public.

Biffa says it employs around 10,000 people and collects waste from thousands of businesses and millions of households across the UK each day.

As part of its ongoing digital transformation, Biffa says it has made a significant investment to introduce EcoOnline – the “class-leading” online platform for managing risk and health and safety – across its whole delivery portfolio.

Biffa says that modules such as event tracking, incident reporting, risk assessment and audit management will help it to achieve its mission: to continually reduce the likelihood and severity of workplace harm.

The system will be available on people’s hand-held devices and mobile phones and can be used by everyone.

Biffa says its lost-time injury rate has fallen by 300% over ten years, making it one of the best-performing organisations in its sector. Biffa has set itself a target of reducing LTIs by a further 50% by 2030 and says it will begin building the EcoOnline platform in November, with a launch date in early 2024.

Biffa’s Group Health and Safety Director, Gary Carvell, said: “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our key workers, whether they’re frontline operatives delivering essential waste and recycling services right across the UK, or office staff working hard behind the scenes.

“It is also vital we help keep our customers, contractors and members of the public safe too.

“EcoOnline is a real game-changer. It will revolutionise the way we manage risk across the business and follows the launch of our Safer Together programme in 2020 that centres on an interdependent approach, working collectively to ensure the safety of our people and those we work with.

“The system will be available on people’s hand-held devices and mobile phones and can be used by everyone, from front-line operatives right through to the Executive team.

“The platform makes it even easier to report hazards, near misses and incidents and will present the information, accurately and quickly. It gives us an immediacy we didn’t have before, and much greater insight into what’s going on in the business, turning that information into predictive data that will help us make informed decisions.”

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