When compared with other industries, the waste industry could be perceived as dangerous and with good reason. The industry’s overall accident rate is four times higher than the national average, the fatal accident rate is over ten times higher than the national average and the major accident rate is over three times higher than the national average.
We do not accept that this should also be the case for our sites and for our personnel. We take our responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of our employees seriously. It is the priority of all those with responsibility for the health and safety of others, from top management down to supervisory level, to take a proactive approach to safety and to improve our performance year on year.
As part of our commitment to health and safety we have registered our intent to work towards delivery of the ‘Strategy for the Waste Management and Recycling Industry 2012–2015’ launched in February 2013 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The strategy provides a strategic framework for maintaining and improving health and safety performance and a series of aims for each sector.
We continue to raise standards in our approach to health and safety management which is demonstrated by our OHSAS 18001 certification. Key safety issues on the ground continue to be tackled through the delivery of monthly safety campaigns. This approach has been successful both in improving our safety awareness but also engaging the workforce in this culture change.
We provide all our workforce with a comprehensive and independent occupational health surveillance and management programme. This is to ensure that any occupational health issues are determined as quickly as possible to prevent any longer term health issues for our personnel. The scheme also acts as a reassurance for our employees that we value their health and recognise that there are aspects of their jobs that could pose a risk to health if not adequately controlled and managed.
Our accredited Integrated Management System satisfies the requirements of ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System Standard), ISO 9001 (Quality Management System Standard) and OHSAS 18001 (Health, Safety and Welfare Management System Standard) is audited by The British Standards Institution.