Health and Safety
AfOR 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 AFOR being part of the UKs WISH forum (Waste Industry Safety and Health forum)
Access to these pages is restricted to ORG /REA members. If you have difficulties accessing these pages please contact Gordon Thompson at the REA (firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07584 253 733).
ORG launches health & safety consultantsâ€™ 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.
Using Work Equipment Safely.Every year there are numerous incidents arising from the incorrect use of work equipment. This guidance seeks to reduce the risk of these accidents.
The need for waste management a salutary lesson.Planning for waste management was neglected on this project leading to an explosion and injuries to workers. Employers should remember that they are responsible for the safety and actions of their employees.
Improving Cabin Air Quality for Plant OperativesThis guidance has been written by AfOR member BMAir to provide information for site & company health & safety managers on how to reduce the risk to site personnel in respect of cabin air quality when operatives spend prolonged or frequent periods of time in mobile plant.
Statistics on Fatal Injuries in the Workplace 2011/12 HSE statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace. The addition of provisional data for the period April 2011 - March 2012 suggests a levelling-off in the previous downward trend in the rate of fatal injuries, over the last four years. The key points from the release are:
Health and Safety Issues Relatiing to Transport Operations Associated with Waste CollectionTransport operations associated with collection activities (municipal and commercial) and at a range of waste management and recycling sites represent the most significant risk of serious or fatal accidents to workers and members of the public. â€˜Struck by moving vehicleâ€™ accounts for about only 4% of all reported accidents, however, over 40% of all fatalities fall within this category.
Outdoor workingWhen working outdoors the weather can have an effect on an individual's effectiveness and this is not readily managed using just engineering controls. In these circumstances some of the most effective ways of managing these environments is by introducing some simple administrative controls for example:
Recycling firm fined after worker crushed to deathAn Ystrad Mynach recycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a yard foreman was crushed to death. Norman Mayne (56) from Newport died after he became trapped between a container and a skip at Amber Services Ltd's recycling yard at Dyffryn Business Park on 25 June 2008.
Asbestos health and safetyAsbestos is the greatest cause of work related death in the UK. Every week there are at least 20 asbestos related deaths. This section of the HSE website gives advice on the control of asbestos
Health and Safety FAQsThis site provides answers to numerous frequently asked questions in the area of health & safety.
HSE Advice on Manual HandlingMusculoskeletal disorders are a major source of injuries within the workplace. These injuries can be caused by manual handling. This area of the HSE website gives advice on avoiding these injuries.
Infections at Work This article links to a HSE website giving advice on the control of infections. Since the composting industry produces dust and bio-aerosols that represent hazards to health this site should prove interest to many in the organics recycling industry. The site has a section dedicated to the waste management industry.
HSE Guidance on School Trips to a High Risk SiteA report by the HSE on the management of school trips to high risk sites. Whilst a sawmill is not directly part of the organics industry there are many parallels between the Sawmill site and sites within the organics recycling industry.
Workers Exposure to Dust & Endotoxins at Composting Sites Case StudyThis research characteries compost workersâ€™ exposure to dust, endotoxin and β-(1â€“3) glucan during various operational practices and investigate whether dust concentrations are a useful indicator of endotoxin exposure in compost workers.
The study used 88 ambient air tests and 117 personal air tests. Results showed that there was an increased exposure to endotoxins even when dust levels were within legal limits. The research noted a significant correlation between dust levels and personal endotoxin concentrations and indicated personal inhalable dust levels may be a predictor of endotoxin concentrations.