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1 WISH Working Group: Creating, Healthier, Safer Workplaces (CHSW) Wayne Williams Waste and Recycling Team, HSE 1

2 Terms of Reference Summit Event February 2013 WISH Blueprint - CHSW one of the 5 pillars Communication of best practice sharing and problem solving. Consider and give guidance on the health, safety and welfare aspects of technological developments Develop and agree industry standards and guidance on specific health and safety topics and for specific parts of the industry Develop guidance and support on Health Surveillance (monitoring/screening) 2

3 Group membership First meeting held June 2013 – initially 10 members. Now a total of 18 volunteers involved in the 5 current workstreams: Private sector – large and small companies Public sector – LAs Consultants Academia HSE The majority of the current membership are new to WISH. 3

4 Current workstreams Safety 1.Machinery safety 2.Vehicle safety aids 3.Large containers 4.Anaerobic Digestion (AD): Operator Guidance Health 5.Health Surveillance Other 6.Noise in kerbside collections (H) 7.Litter picking on the highway (S) 8.Reducing fire risks at waste management sites (S) 4

5 (1) Machinery safety ‘Machinery, moving parts, people and safeguards’ Many items of fixed plant and equipment (machinery) are used on sites to process materials in the waste industry. The guidance has a metals industry focus but much of it can be applied across all industry sectors. Items of fixed plant and equipment (machines) come in many different forms and types, such as: Shredders / Fragmentisers Shears / Balers Compactors / Guillotines The document covers 6 main topic areas: Hazards Risk Assessment Safe Guarding from Machinery Hazards Management of Isolations Controls CE Marking/Statutory Requirements 5

6 (2) Safety aids on vehicles A wide range of systems available: this guide provides generic information that may assist in the understanding and selection of the technologies currently available: Seat Belt Monitors Mechanical Aids Visual Warning – Beacons Visual Warning – Electronic Signs Audible – Reversing Alarms Visual Monitoring – Mirrors Visual Monitoring – Cameras At present primarily information and signposting but there is a potential for further work: What systems are most appropriate in the different W&R environments? Which systems should be regarded as ‘must have’ and which are ‘nice to have’? Obstacle Detection – Ultrasonic Sensors Obstacle Detection – Radar RFID Proximity Warning RFID Vehicle Control On-board Weighing and Technology Combinations : 6

7 (3) Large containers ‘Safe and Sound’ Current situation: No supporting guidance that relates to the procurement, specification, construction, maintenance and repair of large waste containers. The potential for failure in poorly constructed or maintained large containers is present during unloading from the vehicle, daily use and uplift back onto the vehicle. Next Step: Mark Roberts is a representative of a leading container refurbishment organization, UKCM and he will lead the group. He currently has the has the active support of Paul Thornber of Veolia and is actively now looking for further support to develop this initiative.. 7

8 (4) Anaerobic Digestion (AD) There has been a recent proliferation of AD plants of all sizes, and it is felt that the smaller operators in particularly would benefit from guidance on the key H&S issues that have to be managed on these plants. There is increasing concern about the increasing number of significant incidents associated with AD plants. As part of the process the group will encourage involvement of all who have an interest in this technology - operators and the relevant trade bodies. The guidance will include signposting within the document to indicate where additional more help can be obtained. 8

9 (5) Health Surveillance There are potential health implications for workers involved in waste and recycling – a wide range of different processes and hence a wide range of associated health issues: Dermatitis, respiratory illness, occupational cancers, NIHL, infections (hepatitis, tetanus, zoonoses, BBV), gastrointestinal, stress related conditions, MSD’s, VWF, effects of heat & cold. For each working environment what is the nature and extent of health surveillance that is required? 9

10 (6, 7 & 8) Other 6.Noise in kerbside collections (H) The group has produced draft guidance on: o choosing suitable hearing protection o suitable health surveillance o noise monitoring methodology A workshop is planned for February 2015 – manufactures of kerbside sorting vehicles will be invited. The aim is to bring users and vehicle manufacturers together to trial noise reduction methods and alternative working methods that could reduce exposure. 7.Litter picking on the highway (S) The group has produced draft guidance on: o The guidance is aimed at those responsible for the design, specification, operation, management and monitoring of cleansing operations on the highway. o It will contains advice relating to safe systems of work, including the use of temporary traffic management arrangements where they are required. Feedback received (mainly from LAs) on latest the draft expressed concerns about the scope and application of safe systems of work. A revised draft is now under preparation. 8.Reducing fire risks at waste management sites (S) Guidance published as Waste28 on

11 Future structure & workstreams There are two working groups to cover CHSW activities this afternoon: Creating Safer, Healthier Workplaces There is the possibility of creating more groups (particularly for safety initiatives) if we get more active involvement. 11

12 Summary A successful and positive start that we want to build on. Still much to do on safety and health agendas. We already have a core group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. In addition to providing the opportunity to highlight the good work of the group to date, this event is a rallying call for: New ideas for future workstreams New members - a broad church with room for many more And finally ……… 12


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