Resource and waste workers urged to help measure sector health and safety culture

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has urged people working in the UK recycling and waste management sector to take part in a short online survey to provide a ‘temperature check’ on health culture health and sector security.

The H&S Culture Survey is conducted independently, on behalf of ESA, by SNAP Surveys and asks respondents to anonymously answer nine simple multiple-choice questions based on statements about the culture of health and sector security.

The aim of the survey is to understand how those working in (or closely associated with) the industry, regardless of their role, perceive the industry’s approach to this important topic.

The short survey was designed to be completed in minutes on a desktop computer or smartphone. The questions cover areas such as whether people feel safe at work or when visiting a site; or be confident that a system is in place to report incidents and that they are investigated.

We hope that the survey results will provide useful insight into perceptions of industry health and safety performance and provide a useful basis for developing leading indicators on safety culture…

The survey can be accessed here and is open to all organisations. Additional information about the survey can be found here on the ESA website, including tools people can download to promote the survey within their organization.

The survey, which has been online since July, is due to close on Friday September 30 – with over 1,000 respondents so far across the sector.

ESA aims for the survey to represent the views of as wide a cross section of the sector as possible and will publicly share the results in due course – which is expected in October.

ESA Health and Safety Policy Advisor Stephen Freeland said: “Raising operational standards across the sector is a strategic priority for ESA and, in particular, our members are absolutely committed to ensure safe workplaces in the waste and recycling industry – striving to minimize risk to all those associated with our operations.

“This has long been a priority issue for ESA and we have had a dedicated health and safety committee in place for over 30 years now, helping to share best practice and drive improvements across the whole of the ESA. industry.

“We hope the survey results will provide useful insight into perceptions of industry health and safety performance and provide a useful basis for developing leading safety culture indicators to complement the objectives. traditional “serious” injury reductions with a mix of more reactive performance measures.”

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