Representatives from the waste management and recycling industry have come together to form the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum. WISH members include representatives from HSE, main trade associations, professional associations, trade unions, recycling organisations and national and local government bodies involved in waste management and recycling.
WISH guidance has been developed and produced by the industry for the industry.
The aim of WISH is to identify, devise and promote activities to improve industry health and safety standards. Its purpose is to provide information, identify solutions and stimulate action across the industry to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those working in the industry and those affected by its activities. It works by consensus and partnership, promoting good practice, sharing ideas and solutions. WISH has a number of active working groups – to get involved go to the WISH Forum website.
The aims of the strategy are to achieve a 10% year on year reduction in RIDDOR reported accident rates and zero deaths in the industry.
Around 150 invited senior figures from across the waste and recycling industry assembled in Solihull in February 2013 for a summit aimed at improving its poor health and safety record. Actions to be taken forward by each strategy working group in 2013 - 2015 comprise the blueprint.