Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today praised the ongoing efforts to improve safety across the waste and recycling industry.
The Minister was speaking at the Ambassadors Awards Programme 2015, organised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI).
Presenting awards to five local organisations in recognition of their work in promoting safety across the sector, Arlene Foster said: “I congratulate this year’s WISHNI Ambassadors for their important contributions in helping to improve safety standards, and I am encouraged that many in the local waste management industry are taking practical steps to protect the health and safety of their employees.
“I fully support the efforts of the WISHNI forum in its work to promote and share knowledge and best practice across the waste and recycling industry.
“By working together and developing partnerships between government, industry and other stakeholders we can better manage and mitigate the risks to the local workforce.”
Professor Alan Woodside OBE, Chair of WISHNI added: “Many companies and local authorities in the waste industry have shown a noticeable improvement in their commitment to promoting high standards of health and safety.
“The WISHNI forum aims to build on this by encouraging everyone in the sector to provide proper training to employees and to help ensure that a culture of safety first is adopted across the industry.”
Winners of this year’s WISHNI Ambassadors Awards Programme are:
- Alpha Resource Management Limited, Lisburn
- Bryson Recycling, Mallusk
- Granville Ecopark Limited, Dungannon
- SITA Northern Ireland (various locations)
- Belfast City Council
WISHNI brings together key stakeholders from across the waste and recycling sector to identify, devise and promote activities to improve health and safety standards across the industry.
The Ambassadors Awards Programme provides recognition of the safety management activity of WISHNI partner businesses within their own companies and with their subcontractors.
Notes to editors:
- 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).
- If you are in the waste and recycling industry and would like to find out more about the work of WISHNI and its Ambassadors Awards Programme, please contact HSENI.
- 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.