Many of the solicitors in Leicestershire are asked from time to time to help with raising personal injury claim for compensation by workers in the waste management and recycling injury.
The dangers of offensive/hygienic waste
One of the largest hazards in the waste and recycling industry is to do with the particular category of waste known as offensive/hygienic waste.
Where does offensive/hygienic waste come from?
Offensive/hygienic waste is produced by the health care industry as well as by personal use within the domestic household sector. This type of waste can typically be found in any municipal waste collection and has the potential to cause illness and disease amongst any workers having to handle it.
The potential effects of offensive/hygienic waste
The technical effects from offensive/hygienic waste include:
- Skin and eye infections such as conjunctivitis
- Gastrointestinal illness
Common items of offensive/hygienic waste
Types of items of offensive/hygienic waste include things such as:
- Waste from humans and animals, catheter bags, used condoms, incontinence pads, used nappies, sputum and vomit, urine, and soiled bedding.
- Soiled items of medical and/or veterinary clothing.
- Used sticking plasters.
- Used syringes and needles.
Used syringes and hypodermic needles can of course notoriously cause serious and potential diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis.
Handling offensive waste responsibly
Whilst most people in the medical profession, and indeed in the domestic household sector, manage offensive waste in a responsible manner, there are those in the domestic market in particular who do not; and this can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of workers within the waste management and recycling industry.
Who WISH are
WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health) is a cross-party forum consisting of various organisations that represent the Waste and Recycling Industry, including representatives of the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), professional associations, trade unions, recycling organisations, and main trade associations.
The WISH initiative
WISH launched an initiative in January 2009 over five years, and ending December 2013, to improve industry performance. The initiative’s five objectives were:
- Reducing the number of accidents and incidents by 10% year on year
- Minimising the number of working days lost because of accidents, and occupational related ill-health
- Promoting effective health and safety management procedures
- Improving the safety culture and the attitude within the workforce
- Improving the levels of competency
The results of the initiative should be available once all of the information has been collated and evaluated.
Getting help from solicitors in Leicestershire to raise personal injury claims
If you work within the waste management and recycling industry, and you have contracted an occupational related illness, you are entitled to claim compensation, and our solicitors in Leicestershire, the injury claim specialists, can help.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the companies you can commission to help you. Our service offer includes:
- Our ‘no win, no fee’ service – recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Our 30 second online HOW MUCH calculator
- Industry leading customer support
- Free helpline (0800 689 0500 via landlines – 0333 500 0993 via mobile phones)