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HSE publishes waste collection guidance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) have published new guidance for waste and recycling collection services.

The HSE said that it is during collection activities that the waste and recycling industry sees the highest number of accidents, and has therefore published this guidance on how to assess and control the main risks.

The HSE said the guidelines are aimed at “clients in control of contracts, those who specify contracts and employers who operate the service”.

They cover a range of areas including assessing collection route risks, control measures, risk communication and worker consultation and engagement.

Some of the scenarios listed in the guidance include how to design a collection service and tailor it around existing risks and hazards.

For example, the HSE highlights the problems associated with morning rush hour collections in busy suburban roads. It describes them as poor planning and said they could put collection workers at risk of being hit by commuters in cars weaving around parked vehicles.

The guidance can be downloaded from the HSE here.

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