Health & Safety Working Group – Terms of Reference

The waste sector is set for expansion of the coming years and no more so than the organics treatment sector which will inevitably represent one of the largest areas of waste management as new composting and anaerobic digestion capacity is developed on top of the existing wide spread green waste composting.

The sector is reliant on mobile and fixed materials handling equipment and as a result is likely to encounter a higher than average exposure to H&S related incidents. The rising numbers of plants will increase the risk of this and it is important that the sector recognise and move to head off the impact on workers safety, the public’s perception of the industry, planning, the way it is regulated and related insurance premiums.

Overriding Principles

  • To improve the safety of and protect workers in the biowaste treatment and associated industries
  • Encourage safe working practices within the biowaste sector through training and development


  • Improve the recognition and reporting of H&S incidents
  • Create a standard for H&S in the organics treatment and associated industries

  • Generate recognition for the AFOR H&S standard in contracting and insurance industries

  • To facilitate sharing of best practise

  • Improve employee’s attitude toward health & safety

  • Increase competency for all personnel within the sector

  • Prevent reputational damage to the industry

Sector Participation

In order to engage with the wide range of stakeholders, ORG encourage both small and large sector players to be involved in the debate surrounding H&S at biowaste facilities. Only by including a wide range of operators will we be able to spread the ‘Safety’ message effectively to the wider community and ensure that safe working practice within our sector in encouraged and promoted.

As a founding member of the Waste Industry Safety and Health forum (WISH) the group has assisted in the development of a Practical pocket guide for the Waste Industry which can be found HERE

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