Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the inaugural Safety, Health and Awareness Day (SHAD) which aims to improve safety standards in the waste industry.
Organised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI), the event was supported by several organisations in association with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).
Speaking at the event, Arlene Foster said: “As Northern Ireland’s waste and recycling industry continues to grow, so too does the potential for accidents within the sector. Working with businesses and other stakeholders through initiatives such as the Safety, Health and Awareness Day, we can help mitigate the risks involved and ensure that worker safety remains to the fore.
“Today’s event builds on the excellent work of WISHNI in encouraging businesses in the sector to provide proper training to employees and in helping to ensure that a culture of safety first and best practice is adopted across the industry.”
Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI added: “Through practical demonstrations, waste industry managers have been able to observe firsthand the safety measures they need to put in place to ensure a safe working environment. They have also been provided with a key opportunity to engage directly with accredited training organisations.”
The Safety, Health and Awareness Day provided practical and informative demonstrations which covered key areas of concern for those working within the waste industry including:
- vehicle all-round visibility;
- conveyor safety;
- fork lift truck daily inspection;
- working safely with bin-lifting gear;
- delivering in-house training;
- working at height; and
- fire safety.
For more information on health and safety within the waste industry and the work of WISHNI please contact the HSENI helpline on: 0800 0320 121 or visit the waste section of the HSENI website www.hseni.gov.uk