Foster shows support for waste industry safety day

Date published: 26 February 2015

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the inaugural Safety, Health and Awareness Day (SHAD) which aims to improve safety standards in the waste industry.

Organised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI), the event was supported by several organisations in association with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

Speaking at the event, Arlene Foster said: “As Northern Ireland’s waste and recycling industry continues to grow, so too does the potential for accidents within the sector. Working with businesses and other stakeholders through initiatives such as the Safety, Health and Awareness Day, we can help mitigate the risks involved and ensure that worker safety remains to the fore.

“Today’s event builds on the excellent work of WISHNI in encouraging businesses in the sector to provide proper training to employees and in helping to ensure that a culture of safety first and best practice is adopted across the industry.”

Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI added: “Through practical demonstrations, waste industry managers have been able to observe firsthand the safety measures they need to put in place to ensure a safe working environment. They have also been provided with a key opportunity to engage directly with accredited training organisations.”

The Safety, Health and Awareness Day provided practical and informative demonstrations which covered key areas of concern for those working within the waste industry including:

  • vehicle all-round visibility
  • conveyor safety
  • fork lift truck daily inspection
  • working safely with bin-lifting gear
  • delivering in-house training
  • working at height
  • fire safety

For more information on health and safety within the waste industry and the work of WISHNI please contact the HSENI helpline on: 0800 0320 121 or visit the waste and recycling section of the HSENI website

Notes to editors: 

  1. WISHNI includes representatives from a broad range of relevant bodies, including the CIWM Northern Ireland, private companies, District Councils, Energy and Utility Skills, Environmental Services Association, HSENI, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, relevant trade unions, WRAP and the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB). 
  2. If you are in the waste and recycling industry and would like to find out more about the work of WISHNI please contact Jim King (Secretary) by email at or visit the WISHNI topic page. 
  3. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland. 
  4. Pictured from left to right are head of the Waste Team at HSENI Jim King, Peter Johnston from McCreath Taylor who hosted today’s SHAD, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster,  and Professor Alan Woodside OBE Chair of WISHNI.


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