New HSE Publication Highlights it’s Priorities for the Recycling & Waste Industry

20 th September 2017


Responding to the continued high rates of work related injury and ill health incidents within the recycling and waste sector, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published plans to reduce these occurrences.

The document highlights the fact that “the fatal injury rate was around 10 times the average across all industries” and puts forward the HSE’s plan to ensure that standards and performance are raised, particularly in the following areas:

·        A reduction in the number of people killed by moving vehicles/caught in moving machinery

·        A reduction in the cases of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and occupational lung disease

·        Ownership of the challenges by industry and leadership on implementing solutions.

The plan sets out the HSE’s vision in the coming years and states their intention of achieving this through effective management and control of risk while also engaging with the industry.

Click here for the full report

In response, Dr Colin Church, chief executive of CIWM, said: “We are keen to support the actions outlined by the HSE.

“In addition to hosting the new Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum (WISH), CIWM is working on a number of fronts to change behaviour…including an initiative in 2018 to raise awareness around personal responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.”

Click here for the CIWM response to the new HSE plans


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