Scottish safety ‘competency framework’ released for waste sector

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A new health and safety framework has been launched in Glasgow

The Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health & Safety (SWITCH) Forum has released a new health and safety framework for companies within the waste industry.

The voluntary ‘competency framework’ was launched during an event in Glasgow and is designed to increase health and safety awareness within the waste industry. Companies within the waste sector are not obliged to follow the framework but are advised to do so in order to meet with household, commercial and industrial waste management regulations.

The SWITCH Forum is a multi-partnership organisation involving key names from within the Scottish waste management sector, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Scottish Government and private waste management companies from across Scotland.

The Forum has the backing of Zero Waste Scotland, which supports SWITCH’s newly launched health and safety framework, especially considering the recent focus by industry leaders who want to see an improvement in the sector’s health and safety record. In the year 2014/15, five workers within the resource management industry died as a result of an injury sustained in the workplace.

The framework aims to promote the waste industry as a viable career while highlighting the importance of employee training across the entire spectrum of the waste and recycling industry.

Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management at Zero Waste Scotland, who chairs the SWITCH group, said: “With the introduction of the new framework we hope that we can raise Health and Safety standards and start to enhance knowledge, skills and behaviours and improve the industry’s health and safety record.”

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