The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) provides a detailed programme on health and safety and its half year reportable injury rate to June 2006 reveals a decrease in the overall and major injuries compared to December 2005.
During the last 12 months, injuries fell by 4% compared to a December figure of 1,977 per 100,000 employees, with major injuries during the same period falling from 289 per 100,000 employees to 200, giving a 31% reduction.
CPI recovered paper sector body manager Peter Seggie said: The sector body is encouraged by the improvements displayed to date but realises it has a long way to go before it achieves the manufacturing industry average.
CPI members have demonstrated a huge commitment and drive for improved health and safety standards, and this is reflected in the progress made so far. The waste industry rightly continues to be the focus of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) attention given the incidence rates reported in their statistics.
While slips, trips and falls continue to be the highest cause of injury in the industry, the sector body remains on track to achieve its action plan target of a 20% reduction in the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Seggie added: The recovered paper sector works closely with the Independent Waste Paper Processors Association and HSE through its Paper and Board Advisory Committee (PABIAC), and has agreed robust targets with the Making a Difference strategy to 2008.
HSE has been supportive through the PABIAC process and worked in partnership with CPI in driving improvements to its members. CPI has supported this strategy with specific industry guidance and courses to deliver cross-functional training and development, and will continue this going forward.