HSE has just published two pieces of guidance with the assistance of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH). Both publications relate to activities at sites, which are often found at retail, or office sites as well as in industrial locations. They also address key concerns relating to public, as well as employee, safety.
Reference to this guidance may help duty holders to devise, institute, monitor and revise methods of work at bring-sites.
In this guidance, a bring-site is defined as any area (usually unstaffed) where
members of the public can visit to deposit recyclable materials such as glass, cans,
plastics, paper, textiles, shoes etc. Many bring-sites are situated in supermarket/retail or local authority car parks,although some can be found in other locations.
The major risks to employees, contractors and members of the public visiting the
site are covered and commented upon, including:
where they are provided (eg steps, gantries etc);
The second publication ‘Compaction equipment: User and public safety WASTE08’ focuses on public safety and risks to operators at “packer units” and is for site managers, supervisors and operators and at premises where balers/compactors (packer units) are used to process materials from a number of different sources. It is also relevant to hirers and leasers of this equipment.
Packer units and closed skips are frequently placed in communal areas for use by
a number of users and where the public and other workers have access, such as retail premises, offices, and civic amenity sites (CA sites).
When located in unsecured areas, there is the potential for children and unauthorised adults to gain unauthorised access to the dangerous parts of this equipment. Serious injury or death can result if the machine is then operated, or when containers are collected or replaced.
Injury can be caused by inadequate guarding and by unsafe systems of work,
including inadequate isolation/lock-off procedures when changing skips, clearing
blockages etc. The guidance is aimed at helping industry dutyholders to devise, institute, monitor and revise methods of work on their sites so as to reduce the risks.