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HSE heeds WISH's calls for health and safety guidance

Good practice guidance to reduce health hazards in the waste and recycling industry has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) called for such information to be available because the subject hadnt been covered in such detail before, a HSE spokeswoman explained. Information includes a handbook for managers and a smaller health pocket card for workers, which are available from the HSE. Both items focus on reducing the health risks associated with handling waste and recyclables during collection and sorting at the kerbside and at materials recycling facilities. Topics covered include risks from skin contact, injection, ingestion and inhalation. Risk assessment and control and prevention of risk are also discussed. It also covers health surveillance and refers to specific diseases such as Tetanus and Weils disease. The rise of green waste collection is recognised with a section on fungi and mould risk from organic material. The guidance does not cover issues such as noise, musculoskeletal disorders, rugs, alcohol and mental health.

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