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Delivering the Solution Together: Next Steps – Birmingham, 27 November 2014

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Around 150 invited senior representatives from across the waste and recycling industry met in Birmingham on Thursday 27 November 2014 to tackle the industry’s poor health and safety record.

The event organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum celebrated progress in delivering actions from the 2013 WISH Blueprint, as well as identifying ideas for future action, agreeing priorities and securing commitment to help bring about further change moving forward.

Giving the keynote speech to the conference, HSE Chair Judith Hackitt congratulated the Forum on what had been achieved thus far, but warned of the dangers of complacency and urged them to build on the positive start. “It is vital that you push on and all do your bit to make further progress. In particular, make a concerted effort to tackle those actions where progress has been slow. Keep setting yourselves challenging targets and play your part in raising health and safety standards in the industry”.

During the day a number of useful tools, guidance and initiatives developed from the 2013 WISH Blueprint were highlighted including:

Watch this space!

It was also announced that WISH would have its own dedicated web site autonomous of HSE in the New Year.

Using the outcomes from interactive workshops held on the day WISH is committed to developing a new Blueprint for 2015 onwards also to be published in the New Year. It will focus in particular on actions associated with worker involvement, support for small businesses and creating safer, healthier workplaces.

Chris Jones, WISH Chair and Director of Risk Management and Compliance at Cory Environmental said “After 13 years of tough, challenging, but ultimately very successful WISH work programmes, it was good to see the level of passion and enthusiasm that remains in the industry to take on the next set of challenges. As Machiavelli observed "Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great". I'm looking forward to working through the outcomes of the workshop sessions to see what new challenges the industry is dedicating itself to overcome.”

Event agenda and associated presentations

Reaction and comment – vox pops

Updated 2016-01-10