A body has been launched to promote health and safety in the waste industry in Northern Ireland.
The Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum (WISH NI) was set up to bring together key stakeholders within the waste and recycling sector to identify, devise and promote activities to improve standards across the industry.
It was co-ordinated by the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s (CIWM) Northern Ireland centre.
Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots, pictured left, said: “The waste and recycling industry is a growing and dynamic sector. Like any other industrial process, however, the management of waste does carry risks and I welcome the establishment of the WISH NI forum as a means to improve risk management and protect all those working in the sector.”
WISH NI is expected to include representatives from a range of relevant bodies, including the British Metals Recycling Association, CIWM Northern Ireland, the Environmental Services Association and the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB).
Malcolm Downey, principal inspector at HSENI, said: “Health and safety is a priority for the waste industry but there is room for improvement and WISH NI will provide a valuable collaborative platform to help HSENI spread important health and safety messages like this to an industry-wide audience.”
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “There has been a substantial reduction in the number of incidents in recent years due to the commitment shown by many companies and local authorities to maintaining high standards of health and safety. We aim to build on this and the new WISH NI forum will support the whole sector in driving up performance even further.”
Photo top, from left: Chris Jones, chairman of WISH GB, Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots and John Skidmore, senior vice president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).