The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and The Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) have published guidance on managing the risks from waste and recycling collection services.
According to HSE, collection activities account for the largest proportion of accidents in the waste and recycling industries.
Safe waste and recycling collection services – Waste 23 (rev 1) is aimed at managing risks from collection services activities. It includes information on how to assess and control the main risks and provides advice on managing “task and finish” (T&F) practices, where applicable.
The guidance is aimed at clients in control of contracts, those who specify contracts and employers who operate the services. It will also help managers and supervisors who design and operate collection services.
The guidance includes information on managing waste and recycling collection services risks; assessing collection route risks; control measures; communicating the risks and control measures; supervision and worker consultation and engagement.
The document also provides guidance on how to integrate appropriate health and safety practices into the procuring process.
It says that the tender assessment should include health and safety provisions and those assessing tenders should ensure:
- suitable and sufficient information about the collection service is supplied
- the collection system design takes account of the reasonably foreseeable hazards and minimises the risks to which all those involved can be exposed
- the operational team are competent and have clearly defined information, instruction and training
- time, money and other resources are available to run the contract efficiently and safely.
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