Resource and waste management accidents among Environmental Services Association (ESA) members have fallen by 78% in little more than a decade, according to new figures.
The Association released figures dating back to 2004 in its latest study on the subject. The fall in accidents since 2011 has exceeded those across the majority of other industrial fields. It also surpasses the all-British industry average.
The ESA, which speaks for the country’s resource and waste management industry, says 2004 saw a change in the way it goes about handling safety and health.
Stephen Freeland, policy advisor, says it chose to become more structured and informal in the way it went about directly addressing its safety and health performance.
He spoke of the organisation’s pride that its performance betters other parts of the British waste management sector.
Mr Freeland says much is still left to be done, but adds that its members’ injury levels down recent years are going in a welcome direction.
Recycling officials welcome figures
Officials from the recycling, waste management and safety sectors welcomed the drastic downturn in accidents.
Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum chair Chris Jones says the report demonstrates how safety and health figures fluctuate across the sector.
Mr Jones praised ESA members for their advancement in reducing accidents, and says the forum has instituted a safety and health road map with linked strategic aims.
The forum anticipates more tie-ins with bodies such as the ESA in a bid to make industry-wide standards even better, he added.
HSE encouraged by ESA improvement
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) waste and recycling head Rick Brunt calls the results “encouraging”.
He says it is obvious that ESA members’ endeavours are changing the recycling and waste sector for the better.
Mr Brunt is calling on every group to go on to perform a role in the UK’s safety and health network to make the sector’s performance even more commendable.
Date Published: March 14, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown