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The Waste Industry Safety and Health forum (WISH) Bringing the industry together, working for a better future. Chris Jones Chairman, WISH. Introduction. Coming up in the next twenty minutes (or less!). • WISHful beginnings - The formation of WISH - The membership of WISH

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The Waste Industry Safety and Health forum (WISH)

Bringing the industry together, working for a better future.

Chris Jones

Chairman, WISH

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Introduction

Coming up in the next twenty minutes (or less!)

• WISHful beginnings- The formation of WISH- The membership of WISH

• WISHes fulfilled- The work of WISH to date- The achievements of the industry to date

• WISHing for the future- WISH strategy 2009-2014- WISH work programme 2009-

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WISHful beginnings

Genesis

• May 2001 - Initial proposal arose out of a ‘summit’ between the HSE and ESA.

• July 2001- First meeting held

• May 2002- First publication INDG 359

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WISHful beginnings

Evolution

Association for Organics Recycling

British Metals Recycling Association

Chartered Institute of Wastes Management

Community Recycling Network*

Container Handling Equipment Manufacturers (CHEM) Association

Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs*

Energy and Utility Skills

Environment Agency*

Environmental Services Association*

Health & Safety Executive

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

Local Government Employers Organisation*

Trades Union Congress

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

• Membership- Members- Observers

• Constitution- Adopted September 08

• Strategy & Plan of Work- Strategy adopted Sep 08

- Plan of work Jan 09

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“Damming research was published yesterday by the HSE which showed that around 4,000 accidents are reported by the waste industry each year, or approximately 2,500 per 100,000 workers. This is nearly five times the national average accident rate, and the fatal incident rate of 10 in 100,000 is ten times the national average.”

From letsrecycle.com 17 June 2004

Turning WISHful beginnings into WISHes fulfilled

A difficult place to start…..

• RR240 “Bomel I”- Based on RIDDOR data- Significant press attention

• Fatal injury statistics- “highest rate of fatal injury”- Yet more press attention

• ESA Accident charter- Launched in Jan 2004- Based on datum year 2002

James Barrett, head of the HSE's Manufacturing Sector, said: "These rates are unacceptable for a major industry, such as the waste sector. This is a growing, dynamic and innovative industry which has to rise to the challenge presented by the figures and reduce the appalling human and financial cost to the industry."

HSE press release 16 June 2004

The Industry with the highest rate of fatal injury is the recycling of waste and scrap where the rate is nearly 40 times the national average.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr240.htm

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WISHes fulfilled

WISH 2002 - 2008

• Best practice guidance notes

• Leaflets and other publications

http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/wish.htm

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WISHes fulfilled

Achievements to date

• ESA accident charter

Accident rate fell from 4150 to 2428 between 2003 and 2007.

More than a 12% year on year reduction.

Following renewal of the charter in 2007 the accident rate has fallen to stand in 2009 at 1928.

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WISHes fulfilled

Achievements to date

• RR701 BOMEL II - Accident rates fell by 15% from 03/04 to 07/08.

HSE's Head of Manufacturing Sector, Geoff Cox said: "There has been a lot of work by all parties to improve the industry's poor record since we published the first analysis of the injury rates in 2004.”

"The declining performance at the beginning of this decade has been halted and we can now see improvements that equate to 800 fewer injuries per year.” 

http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr701.htm

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WISHing for the future

WISH Strategy

  • • StrategyLaunched on 14 January 2009
  • Has five key commitments
    • Reduce Accidents by 10% year on year
    • Measure and then reduce working days lost
    • Adoption of safety management systems
    • Improvement in climate and attitudes
    • Increase levels of competence

Objective 4: Health and safety climate and attitudes

Improve attitudes within the workforce to health and safety. Develop and promote a climate survey tool that enables small and medium size organisations to measure the attitudes to health and safety within their workforce and identify areas where improvements can be made.

Objective 3: Management of health and safety

Gain widespread adoption of safety management systems such as those consistent with HSG 65[1] principles or compliant with OHSAS 18001. Publication of a simple online self assessment checklist could be used to help organisations identify whether they are meet these standards and provide information to help monitor progress with this objective. Large organisations may choose to benchmark themselves on the CHASPI index (www.chaspi.info-exchange.com).

Objective 2: Number of working days lost

WISH will produce a standard format for measuring the number of working days lost due to occupational health and safety incidents[1]. This will be used to analyse/ sample performance to promote engagement at company/ organisation level.

WISH will establish and task a working group to identify metrics and agree a strategy to reduce the number of working days lost within 24 months.

Objective 5: Competence

Increase the level of competence within the industry, in line with the WISH “Commitment to competence” statement[1].

WISH will establish and task a working group to identify metrics for measuring progress with the Commitment to competence and agree a competence strategy within 24 months.

Objective 1: Accident performance

Reduce the overall RIDDOR reported accident rate by 10% year on year (2005/6 baseline) by December 2013.

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WISHing for the future

WISH Plan of work

  • • Plan of WorkAgreed and adopted 27 January 2009
  • Four working groups developing:
    • Occupational health measurement tools (HSE)
    • Self assessment management systems checklist (LGEO)
    • Safety climate tool for SME’s (CRN)
    • Competence measurement tool and competence strategy (WAMITAB)
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WISHing for the future

WISH Plan of work

Association for Organics Recycling

British Metals Recycling Association

Chartered Institute of Wastes Management

Community Recycling Network*

Container Handling Equipment Manufacturers (CHEM) Association

Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs*

Energy and Utility Skills

Environment Agency*

Environmental Services Association*

Health & Safety Executive

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

Local Government Employers Organisation*

Trades Union Congress

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

  • • What aboutobjective 1?
    • Outputs from the working groups
    • Adoption of already published guidance
    • Adoption of safety related strategies and work programs by the WISH constituent organisations
  • • What can I do?
    • Review your practices against the best practice guidance produced by WISH (see the HSE/WISH website)
    • Participate /consult on emerging guidance documents
    • Engage with the organisation which represents you on WISH
    • Participate in the WISH working groups

“No single scheme or programme is likely to be suitable for all; it is expected that the range of activities practiced by individuals; representative organisations and individual employers will vary greatly.”

“It is recognised that these targets are high level and that each organisation represented on WISH will have to work with its members and others to bring about the necessary changes.”

http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/wish.htm

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CIWM June 2006

“9 reasons from the last nine months why the industry has to be more proactive in improving its safety performance.”

ESA May 2007

“Four reasons from the last four months why the industry has to be proactive in improving its performance……”

ESA June 2008

“In 2007 the activities of the waste industry resulted in the ending of 17 lives and the introduction of pain and misery to the life of very many more.”

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RoSPA April 2009

  • Eleven reasons from 2008 why the industry has to do better……..
  • Operative run over and killed after falling in front of collection vehicle;
  • Operative crushed and killed by falling bail of scrap;
  • Operative suffocated and killed by compost windrow collapse;
  • Operative run over and killed by reversing RCV;
  • Member of the public killed as a result of a fall into a CA waste bin;
  • Operative crushed and killed by collapse of scrap metal we was working upon;
  • Operative asphyxiated and killed by entanglement in skid steer vehicle he was operating;
  • Operative crushed and killed by reversing skip vehicle;
  • Member of the public run over and killed by reversing RCV
  • Operative crushed and killed as a result of a skip vehicle overturning during discharge
  • Operative crushed and killed by front loading shovel he was working with to recover recyclables
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RoSPA June 2010

  • Seven reasons from 2009 why the industry has to do better……..
  • Operative struck by object ejected from machinery and killed;
  • Member of the public sleeping in a commercial bin crushed and killed by RCV;
  • Operative crushed and killed in recycling machinery;
  • Street cleansing operative struck by a motorcycle and killed;
  • Member of the public sleeping in commercial bin crushed and killed by RCV;
  • Operative became entangled in bin lift and killed;
  • Member of the public sleeping in commercial bin crushed and killed by RCV
  • • A positive trend?The number of fatalities has fallen in recent years:

2006/7 19

2007/8 16

2008/9 16

2009/10 7

[2010/11 3]

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WISHing for change

• WISH is committed to change by:

- Establishing and sharing best practice

- Improving the safety performance of the industry

- Developing the competence of those who work in the industry

- Improving perception of the waste industry as a safe place to work

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win”.

John F Kennedy (1917-1963)

• We need your help

“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)