Health &Safety

ESA aims to ensure that higher recycling rates are matched with high standards in health and safety. Since the launch of our Accident Reduction Charter in 2004 we have reduced injuries by 85%.

In 2020, ESA’s Board approved a revised ESA H&S Strategy and a new organisational H&S structure to help deliver the industry’s H&S strategic priorities and better equip ESA to embrace a more holistic approach towards improved H&S performance.

ESA Health & Safety Strategy

ESA and its Members will drive the highest standards in health and safety in our sector and will visibly lead the sector in eliminating accidents and ill health.

We have therefore adopted a new H&S Strategy which sets out our commitment to address a number of strategic priorities, covering the sector’s key areas of risk, including:

  • Strategic performance monitoring
  • Creating a risk assesment approach
  • Improved H&S competence
  • Waste collections
  • Vehicle & pedestrian interface
  • Occupational health monitoring
  • Mental Health

Under each strategic priority a H&S working group has been established tasked with delivering relevant resources, guidance and outputs.

A summary of each working group and what it aims to achieve is available in the poster below

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ESA H&S Guidance

ESA and its Members have produced a number of guidance documents for its members, and the wider sector.  These guidance documents can  also be found on the Guidance page of the website.

  • Induction Guidance - This guide provides a structure for devising an induction programme which has all the necessary components to ensure an effective and safe induction to your organisation.
  • Embedding a Competency System Guidance - This guidance represents a sensible, reasonable and proportionate approach for embedding a competency system, to ensure your system has a logical flow, and presents a package of process and tools, based upon implementation best practices.
  • Approach to Risk Assesment brochureThis guidance aims to offer a simple and effective approach to identifying risk, determining appropriate controls and communicating these to the people doing the job. 
    The guidance aligns a risk assessment approach to a site or activity (ie rather than being topic specific, such as manual handling or working at height) and includes example of such assessments which companies can use or adapt for their own purposes. Appendices to the brochure can be found below:
ESA’s Mental Health Group plans to issue topic specific guidance on a regular basis, each covering a current, pressing matter. 

The first in this series of guidance aims to help manage mental health for those people returning to the workplace upon lifting of lockdown restrictions.  After a year working at home this transition could prove quite stressful for some. 

The guidance is purposely succinct and in bite-sized format covering generic, high level points to consider, and also offers some follow up reading. 

  • Good mental health in the return to the workplace - This  guidance note aims to offer managers and supervisors practical tips to help manage mental health concerns associated with returning to the workplace upon lifting of lockdown restrictions.
  • COVID-19: Mental health support & information for the waste management sector - This guidance offers tips, suggestions and points to consider in helping manage employees’ mental health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to assist and support managers in opening up a conversation on mental health, and to ensure that wellbeing is integrated into day to day business decisions, rather than perceived negatively as some