Unit 203 Work Safely in the Waste & Recycling Industry


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  • Organisational procedures – reporting routes, documentation, accident/incident/near miss reporting
  • Unit 203 Work Safely in the Waste & Recycling Industry

    1. 1. 7517 Principles of Sustainable Resource Management Unit 203 How to work safely in the waste and recycling industry
    2. 2. Outcomes for the unit  5 outcomes      Know how to identify and deal with work related hazards and risks Know how to work with risk assessments Know how to respond to emergencies Know how and why to select and use the correct PPE Know how to manage the work given to you
    3. 3. Commitment to Recycling  The UK is committed to increasing the amount of materials recycled and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.  Consequently, the numbers employed in these industries, with the quantity and range of materials handled and recycled has risen quite substantially over the last 10 years
    4. 4. Commitment to Recycling Municipal household and commercial collections activities cover the collection of residual waste, green waste and recyclables. Around 70% of all workers are in this industry sector, and they account for about 80% of all the reported injuries.
    5. 5. The overall industry performance is poor and with RIDDOR reportable injuries in the waste and recycling sector over 4 times greater than most other industry sectors. The main causes of accidents include: •Manual Handling (Muscular skeletal disorders (MSDs)) •Slips and trips •Hit by moving, flying or falling object •Falls •Hit by something (object) •Hit by moving vehicle* •Contact with moving machinery •Needlestick/sharps
    6. 6. Most serious accidents in terms of severity relate to being struck by a moving vehicle. In the 6 years 2004/05 to 2009/10 there were around 31 RIDDOR-reportable fatalities (including 9 members of the public) relating to municipal and domestic collections. 17 fatalities of which were attributable to household waste collections.
    7. 7. 1. Identifying and dealing with work related hazards and risks  What is meant by the term hazard?  Something that has the potential to cause harm  What is meant by risk?  The likelihood that an accident will happen because the hazard exists
    8. 8. Identifying risks - exercise  Provide an example for each of the      Waste and material handled Machinery and equipment used Vehicles and plant Site conditions Unsafe behaviour  Describe the effect these   following risks: Self Others could have on:
    9. 9. Responsibilities  Who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace?  All staff  Management – hierarchy of responsibilities  What are reporting procedures in place for hazards you've identified?  What are your legal requirements?  Organisational requirements?
    10. 10. Working with risk assessments  Formal risk    Documented, recorded and revisited regularly or when a procedure changes/following an incident Where can these be found? Are you aware of the content?  Informal  assessment risk assessment Specific to the situation, identification of hazards, carried out on the job
    11. 11. 11 5 Steps to risk assessment Identify Hazard Decide who might be harmed and how…. Record your findings and implement them….. Review your assessment and update as necessary. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions…..
    12. 12. What are the hazards? Who might be harmed and how? What are you already doing? Do you need to do anything else Action by to manage this risk? whom? Action by when? Done Slips and trips Staff and visitors may be injured if they trip over objects or slip on spillages We carry out general good housekeeping. All areas are well lit including stairs. There are no trailing leads or cables. Staff keep work areas clear, eg no boxes left in walkways, deliveries stored immediately, offices cleaned each evening Better housekeeping is needed in staff kitchen, eg on spills date date All staff, supervisor to monitor
    13. 13. Informal risk assessment  In what situations would you carry out an informal risk assessment?
    14. 14. Punch & Judy need a risk assessment False!
    15. 15. You don't need to secure your load if you're just driving down the road False!
    16. 16. Health and safety banned sweets from being thrown into the crowd False!
    17. 17. Health and safety ban traditional ties for clip-on ones to avoid choking False!
    18. 18. Documentation  Risk register  Health & Safety handbook  Organisation handbook  Annual review  Quality policy  Health & Safety policy  Meeting minutes  H&S committee information
    19. 19. Health & Safety Regulations relevant in the Waste/Recycling Industry  The management of health and safety at work regulations 1999  Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992  The health & safety (information for employees) regulations 1989  The reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)  The control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 (COSHH)
    20. 20. WISH  Waste Industry Safety Forum  WISH is a multi-party forum made up of organisations representing the waste and recycling industry. Its purpose is to provide information, identify solutions and stimulate action across the industry to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those working in the industry and those affected by its activities.
    21. 21. WISH Objectives 2009-2013  Objective 1: Accident performance  Reduce RIDDOR reported cases by 10% year on year  Objective 2: Number of working days  lost Reduce number of days lost  Objective 3: Management of health and safety  Consistent safety management systems throughout  Objective 4: Health and safety climate and attitudes  Improve attitude of workforce towards H & S  Objective 5: Competence  Increase the levels of competence throughout
    22. 22. Responding to Emergencies in the Workplace  Responding to:  Fire  Explosion  Collision  Spillages  Injury
    23. 23. Organisational Procedures  Procedure in place in the event of an emergency       Preparedness and response Fire drill Evacuation Raising the alarm Reporting the incident Who co-ordinates the emergency response?    Accidents to people Accidents on the work site Information to communicate
    24. 24. Organisational Procedures  Minimising effect of an  emergency Know the emergency plan, what to do, how to react  What problems could arise     in reporting? Appropriateness of how to report Availability of staff Communication difficulties Conflict of interest
    25. 25. Know how and why to select and use the correct PPE  Selection of Personal Protective Equipment  Nature and type of work  Assessment of the workplace  Assess what is needed  Equipment and materials  location
    26. 26. Wearing the correct PPE...          Uniform Gloves Protective footwear Head protection Hi-visibility clothing Waterproofs Protection from sun Own safety and protection Legal requirement
    27. 27. Managing the work you are given to do  Why might you not be able to do the work given to you? Lack of training  Hazards in the workplace  Faulty equipment  Medication  Physical or mental capacity  Pregnancy  Age limited work  Qualified   What action would you take? What are your options?
    28. 28. Multiple choice test 45 minutes 28 questions Pass mark 16 out of 28