Health and safety





Waste sector operators lead the driver for safer HGVs

Cyclist safety has made the headlines once again following a fatality involving a cyclist and heavy goods vehicle. How is the waste industry dealing with this issue and can new technology make a difference? Matt Clay investigates


Eliminating explosive dangers

Kevin Spiess of BS&B Safety Systems explains why the recycling industry must protect itself from dust explosion risk, and how it can do so


Safety in numbers

A skills survey has identified demand for flexible, accessible and affordable training – while the government’s apprenticeship levy is fast approaching. Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB, explains the implications for the sustainability sector


Shredding with safety in mind

With so much wealth in waste, commercially driven shredding is commonplace. This largely supports the nation’s resource agenda, but to what extent do bottom-line and environmental motivators overshadow considerations for safety? Chris Oldfield, managing director of UNTHA UK, considers three safety themes set to loom large in 2016


Ear to the ground

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common industrial hazards globally – a million people are exposed to potentially harmful noise at work in the UK alone. And the problem is prevalent in the recycling and waste management industry, writes Lee Nicholson, MD at noise control specialist Wakefield Acoustics


Reducing industrial accidents in waste processing

Operators of balers, conveyors and other waste processing plant and equipment often haven't been trained properly and this sometimes results in inefficiencies, reduced throughput and increased plant breakdown. More worryingly is potential health and safety breeches that might result in accidents if proper procedures are ignored. Mark Smith, technical director at Middleton Engineering, which has been working in this sector for the past 30 years, believes better planning; training and maintenance may hold the answers.


Keeping the workforce safe in a risky working environment

Paul Shaw examines the occupational hazards experienced by front line workers in the waste management industry and looks at measures on how to protect them against risks including working with highly combustible materials, exposure to harmful substances and confined space working.


Physical fire breaks offer concrete solution

With the large number of fires occurring at waste and recycling facilities across the UK, Owen Batham at Elite Precast Concrete, argues there is a growing need for firms to take a more proactive approach to their fire risk management and to develop more sophisticated disaster recovery plans.


Dust and odour suppression: How to achieve the sweet smell of success

As pollution controls continue to tighten, the companies that tackle odour and dust are enjoying a period of growth; especially as these by-products of processes, ranging from sewage treatment to food factory production, are no longer tolerated by the public - or the statute books. Victoria Madine reports


Are undeployed airbags safe to reuse?

Airbags are believed to have contributed to significant improvements in vehicle occupant safety. However, there are no definitive guidelines over the potential to reuse undeployed airbags. Chas Ambrose and Roger West examine the issue and report how a study commissioned last year seeks to shed light on the debate.