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The ORG sector group within the REA has a wealth of Health and Safety information which we have specifically obtained from an array of external sources. Key issues are covered in detail with other helpful documents accessible e.g. Matrix of H&S requirements for on farm/small operators. The information is kept up to date as a requirement of ORG being part of the UK's WISH forum (Waste Industry Safety and Health forum).


Health & Safety enquires and any requests for further H&S initiatives should be directed to Gordon Thompson at the REA (gordon@r-e-a.net tel 07584 253 733).

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Deadly Slumber

Deadly Slumber

This article from Safety & Health Practitioner (November 2015) addresses the problem of rough sleepers sheltering in waste containers 11 people have been killed over the past year when containers they were sheltering in were tipped into waste collection vehicles.

Quarter 3 - Health and Safety Survey

It is time to ask you to complete our quarterly health and safety survey for quarter three of 2015.
ORG Health and Safety day hailed as 'best yet' by delegates

ORG Health and Safety day hailed as 'best yet' by delegates

The ORG held its sixth H&S conference and exhibition at the Chesford Grange hotel in Kenilworth. Over 100 delegates attended the event and listened to a broad range of speakers covering topical subjects for the organics recycling sector.
Organics Recycling Group H&S Survey Quarter 1; 2015

Organics Recycling Group H&S Survey Quarter 1; 2015

This survey contains results provided by our members for the first quarter of 2015.
The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Face Masks

The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Face Masks

We are continuous urging staff at compost sites to wear appropriate respiratory protection to prevent the inhalation of bio-aerosols. Face masks can only provide optimum protection if they are properly fitted. This report from the HSE outlines the adverse effects of beard stubble on the fitting and sealing of face masks.
Safety signs and signals

Safety signs and signals

Safety signs and signals are required where, despite putting in place all other relevant measures, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains. This guidance published by the HSE is for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.
Ireland Health and Safety Authority - Compost Information Sheet

Ireland Health and Safety Authority - Compost Information Sheet

The Health and Safety Authority in Ireland, in conjunction with Cre, have published an information sheet on Compost detailing potential hazards, recommended control measures and health advice.
Call for volunteers for bioaerosols study

Call for volunteers for bioaerosols study

REA compost members are invited to take part in research to better understand exposure of workers to bioaerosols on site.
Vehicle Cab Filtration.

Vehicle Cab Filtration.

This article provides guidance on vehicle cab filtration to prevent exposure to potentially harmful bio-aerosols and other respiratory hazards.
09/01/15 Reducing secondary containment failures

09/01/15 Reducing secondary containment failures

One of the root causes of containment failure incidents occurred within the AD sector over the past years is the lack or poor standard of secondary containment. Several members of the REA as well as the EA have raised concerns that there is currently little clarity or transparency on what is required in terms of containment and bunding at AD sites.
09/01/15 Improving Technical Competence

09/01/15 Improving Technical Competence

The AD sector has concerns that for this rapidly expanding sector that there is a shortage of technical and operational competence. A group of stakeholders have recently started to work on identifying the core minimum training required to operate an AD (of any size) and develop a draft syllabus.
Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) - A practical pocket guide for the Waste industry

Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) - A practical pocket guide for the Waste industry

WISH have recently published pocket guide for the Waste Industry. This is aimed at Waste SME businesses to help identify their minimum legal requirements for a healthier and safer workplace.
Revised ACoP for Safe Work in Confined Spaces.

Revised ACoP for Safe Work in Confined Spaces.

This link gives access to the revised ACOP published by the HSE for safe work in confined spaces.
Revised ACoP for Safe Use of Lifting Equipment.

Revised ACoP for Safe Use of Lifting Equipment.

Revised ACoP for Safe Use of Lifting Equipment.

Revised ACoP for Safety of Pressure Systems.

Revised ACoP for Safety of Pressure Systems.

Revised ACoP for Safety of Pressure Systems.

ORG Health and Safety Group

ORG Health and Safety Group

The ORG H&S working Group was founded in 2010. The ORG are founding members of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Group and promote safe working practices within the organics recycling arena.
ORG Health and Safety Newsletter July 2014

ORG Health and Safety Newsletter July 2014

The July 2014 edition of the H&S newsletter with information on accidents and fires on waste management site consultation.
Revised guidance from the HSE on working at heights

Revised guidance from the HSE on working at heights

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has overhauled its guidance for working at height, setting out in clear, simple terms what to do and what not to do – and debunking common myths that can confuse and mislead employers.
ORG January H&S Newsletter

ORG January H&S Newsletter

The January 2014 edition of our quarterly health & safety newsletter, with a welcome to the REA biogas group.
Quarterly health & safety monitoring survey Quarter 3: 2013.

Quarterly health & safety monitoring survey Quarter 3: 2013.

Our latest report on accidents & incidents reported by our members for bthe 3rd quarter of 2013.
Tool Box Talk on Protection Against Toxin Containing Plants

Tool Box Talk on Protection Against Toxin Containing Plants

The dangers from the handling of toxin containing plants is very real for the compost operative.
ORG Health & Safety News Letter Autumn 2013

ORG Health & Safety News Letter Autumn 2013

Our latest newsletter includes features on; Workplace Transport,
Legionella and our Quarterly Health & Safety Survey.
Managing health and safety

Managing health and safety

Health & safety is an extremely complex area of legislation, both employers and the self-employed have a duty to manage health & safety as it relates to their activities. This free site from the HSE is designed to provide advice for leaders, owners, trustees and line managers. It will particularly help those who need to put in place or oversee their organisation’s health and safety arrangements. The advice may also help workers and their representatives, as well as health and safety practitioners, and training providers.
ORG launches health & safety consultants’ scheme.

ORG launches health & safety consultants’ scheme.

Organics Recycling Group has launched a health & safety consultants scheme. The scheme which is managed by ORG will see Business Health Partnership (BHP) and Chrestomatics offering substantial discounts to ORG members using their consultancy services.
Revised Guidance on the Safe Use of Lift Trucks

Revised Guidance on the Safe Use of Lift Trucks

It is almost certain that many of our members use lift trucks around their sites. This revised guidance on operator training from the HSE will help site operators and managers facilitate the safe use of these trucks on their sites.
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