With recycling industry accident rates four times the national average, and fatality rates ten times the national average , the Wincanton Innovation in Health and Safety Practices Award acknowledges that there is still much to do to reduce the poor record that makes recycling and waste management a dangerous business to work in.
Paul Sanderson, editor of Materials Recycling Week (MRW) and chair of the judging panel, said: “Research indicates that there are currently 162,500 people employed in the waste management industry , with the number set to significantly rise as the UK looks to increase its recycling targets. It is important that health and safety practices evolve to meet this demand and that employees handling and sorting waste are working under the best possible conditions. We are looking forward to receiving entries from companies and trade organisations who are really working hard to prevent accidents and improve the industry’s health and safety record.”
Full entry guidelines can be found on www.nationalrecyclingawards.com and the closing date for entries is Friday 22 August 2008. The entries will be judged in September by a panel of industry professionals chaired by Paul Sanderson, and the winners will be presented with their awards at a celebrity-hosted black-tie gala event at the Telford International Centre on 12 November 2008.
Widely recognised as the recycling industry’s benchmark, the National Recycling Awards have been celebrating best practice in the public and private sector for over a decade. Organised by MRW, the National Recycling Awards are open to any organisation, community group or company that is affected by recycling, plays an active part in the recycling process or is involved in the production chain of recycled products.
The judges will be looking for genuinely innovative health and safety policies that have either demonstrated a commitment to improve, or at least maintain, an excellent health and safety record. It will be important to demonstrate that it isn’t just a management-led initiative but something that has gained the support and buy-in of the workforce.
The prestige associated with winning a National Recycling Award is considerable. As well as recognition from their peers in the recycling industry, previous winners report that it has raised their profile, boosted staff morale and helped them to win new business.