The proposal, which has been published via the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum, has adopted a five-part plan that is capable of being implemented by any organisation in the sector.
The five key strategies recommended in the blueprint are to provide strong leadership, involve the entire workforce, build and improve competence, create a healthier and safer working environment, and provide support for small and medium sized employers.
The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum has been working on a proposal for better risk management since a summit in February, and the final draft is an amalgamation of the key areas that need improvement, as agreed upon by industry leaders.
Chair of WISH Chris Jones said: “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.
“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.”
Chris Jones, WISH – “WISH has been working to improve health, safety and welfare in waste and recycling for more than a decade… There’s no shortage of desire in the industry to improve our record”
HSE waste and recycling lead Graeme Walker said: “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.”
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee has also backed the blueprint, whilst adding: “CIWM will be making an additional announcement at our annual conference on Tuesday that will provide further support for making our industry a safer and more attractive environment in which to work.”
To read the blueprint click here