Health and Safety
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07584 253 733).
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.
The effect of wearer stubble on the protection given by Filtering Face MasksWe 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 signalsSafety 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.
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 failuresOne 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 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.
ORG Health and Safety GroupThe 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.
Revised guidance from the HSE on working at heightsThe 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 NewsletterThe January 2014 edition of our quarterly health & safety newsletter, with a welcome to the REA biogas group.
Managing health and safetyHealth & 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. 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 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.
Is health surveillance required in my workplace?Composting is a natural process that relies on the actions of micro-organisms, the process will release dust & bio-aerosols, which represent potential health hazards. Whilst good health & safety practice should mean that steps are taken to protect workers from exposure to these hazards it must be assumed that there will be a residual risk arising from these hazards.