HSENI supports Waste Management Ambassadors

Date published: 11 March 2020

The Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, Robert Kidd today praised the ongoing efforts to improve safety across the waste and recycling industry.

Mr Kidd was speaking at the seventh annual presentation of Ambassador Awards organised by the Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI). The Ambassadors Awards Programme provides recognition of the safety management activity of WISHNI partner businesses within their own companies and with their subcontractors.

Presenting awards to 4 local organisations in recognition of their work in promoting safety across the sector, Robert Kidd said: “I congratulate this year’s WISHNI Ambassadors for their important contributions in helping to improve safety standards across the industry.

“It is encouraging to note the support offered by a range of organisations, all with the primary aim of promoting health and safety best practice across the waste and recycling industry. I fully support the efforts of the WISHNI forum in its work to promote and share knowledge and best practice.

“By working together and developing partnerships between government, industry and other stakeholders we can better manage and reduce the risks to Northern Ireland’s workers.”

Mr Jim King, Chairman of WISHNI added: “WISHNI has continued to provide support to the waste industry by developing and sharing good practice across the industry. Today’s event has been a valuable contribution in achieving this aim. I look forward to seeing our new Ambassadors effect further positive change within the industry and I would support them in their efforts.”

Winners of this year’s WISHNI Ambassadors Awards Programme are:

  • McKinstry Skip Hire Limited
  • McQuillan Environmental Limited
  • ReCon Waste Management Limited
  • Re-Gen Waste Limited
  • Maria Gribben – Student Ambassador

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. Following today’s awards ceremony, a health and safety seminar followed with presentations from local industry and other organisations associated with the waste and recycling industry.

Notes to editors: 

  1. WISH NI includes representatives from a broad range of relevant bodies, including the  CIWM Northern Ireland, private companies, District Councils, Energy and Utility Skills, HSENI, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, 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 work of WISHNI and its Ambassadors Awards Programme, please contact Rachel Hunter (secretary) by email at: Rachel.hunter@energiagroup.com
  3. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for the Economy.
  4. For press enquiries please contact DfE Press Office on: 028 9052 9604, or email media@hseni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.

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