ORG health and safety event hailed as the 'best ever' by delegates.

The Organics Recycling Group of the REA held its sixth health and safety interactive conference at the Chesford Grange hotel in Warwickshire on 16th July 2015.

With in excess of 100 delegates in attendance, this was the best attended H&S event seen by this sector.  Susan Relf, Chair of the ORG health and safety working group ably chaired the event throughout the day. 

The morning comprised of six presentations which focused on practical advice which addressed the key concerns within the sector. We were delighted to have Rick Brunt, the Head of Agriculture, Waste and Recycling make the opening address. His message was clear, we need as a sector, to up our game and get out of the spotlight, currently second to agriculture we have the worst fatality incident record. He did however praise the efforts ORG had taken to increasing the emphasis placed on H&S within the sector.

Other topics included, tackling fires across the organics sector. Waste sites have been particularly targeted in the last year by arsonists. Monitoring and sampling of bioaerosols and impending sampling changes was also presented by Danen Appasamy from Crestwood Environmental. William Furniss from Suez Environmental spoke about the need to work with contractors to get the most from them, all sites have then in one shape or form.

The last two presentations of the morning covered transport and traffic management presented by Matthew Lee a consultant who specialises in this subject and the final presentation came from Sarah-Louise Isaacon who works for another H&S consultancy company Ensafe. She spoke about promoting a behavioural safety culture within an organisation, an imperative if a site is to embed a safety culture from top to bottom within its workforce.

After an excellent lunch, interactive workshops were held covering, managing pedestrian movement, bioaerosols and finally lockout systems.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the event, BMAIR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, EVAC+CHAIR and VISAFE without their support the event could not happen. Thanks also to all the speakers who gave so generously of their time and lastly to the event organisers the Environment Media Group.

Photo: Delegates at the H&S conference.

Published: 17/07/15

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