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HSE Cost-Recovery Scheme - A small step for the HSE, but a giant leap for the Resource Management Sector
The Health & Saftety Executive's cost-recovery scheme, known as Fee for Intervention (FFI), will begin on 1st October, subject to Parliamentary approval, the regulator has announced.
The waste industry in recent years has come under the HSE's spotlight for all the wrong reasons. BOMEL & BOMEL 2 highlighted levels of accidents, including fatalities, which are unacceptable in the 21st Century - and whilst statistics show a downward trend, the waste industry must continue to improve its record on health & safety.
The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board is committed to developing vocational programmes for operational staff working in the waste industry. These programmes help to develop health & safety awareness and competence which should go some way to seeing a reduction of accidents in the future.
Investing in workforce competence should be a win-win situation, not only helping to reduce risks/liabilities but in raising job awareness, increasing self esteem and raising the profile/quality of the service; in many respects helping to prepare it for the challenging times which lie ahead.
Improving competence and risk reduction are particularly important during waste collection and recycling, given the industry's current poor accident record - and are so significant that some insurers are prepared to reduce premiums if the employer commits to a competence development programme.
Furthermore, WAMITAB, as a founder member, has committed itself to supporting the Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH) Strategy for reducing accidents in the waste management and recycling industries. WISH is a multi-party forum made up of organisations representing the waste & recycling industry.
"WAMITAB fully supports the WISH Strategic objectives, particularly those that seek to increase the health & safety competence of people employed in the industry," says Sue Wright, Business Development Manager at WAMITAB.
For many years WAMITAB's vocational qualifications have played an important role in this process and our assessors are ideally placed to improve health & safety attitudes and behaviour on the 'front-line'. WAMITAB will continue to focus on health & safety issues within the delivery network which includes maintaining the health & safety competence of its assessors/verifiers."
WAMITAB is the leading Awarding Organisation for the Resource Management Sector. Delivering over 120 qualifications via a network of 70 Approved Centres, it is committed to providing quality assured, industry-led qualifications for competence, knowledge and skills development in the sector.
9th August 2012