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LIVE AT CIWM - call for better health and safety awareness

The waste and recycling industry's limited responses to health and safety consultations have been described as "disappointing" by Environmental Services Association (ESA) health and safety board chairman Chris Jones.

Speaking to an audience of about 50 people at the CIWM conference yesterday, he said: "I can't believe more of you don't have responses."

The industry's poor health and safety record is something the ESA and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are keen to address. Referring to the number of fatalities in the sector earlier this year, HSE principal inspector Paul Harvey said: "I've seen nine reasons in eight weeks why I'm committed [to improving health and safety]."

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) chief executive Jennie Price said the waste sector could learn from the construction industry, which tackled its own poor health and safety record a few years ago with strong top-down leadership.
Price called for stronger leadership, targets with a clear 'zero fatality' policy, better data, and a change in culture to one that cares about safety.

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