Formal Guidance Documents

Ref No.Document titleSummary
WASTE 03Orphaned compressed gas cylinders in waste and recycling industriesWaste gas cylinders occur in waste streams, whether allowed or not. Safety when removing from waste streams and storing waste gas cylinders
WASTE 04Waste and recycling vehicles in street collectionSafety issues during the collection of wastes on the public highway and other areas where the public have access, such as carparks
WASTE 05The safe use of refuse collection vehicle hoists and binsSafety in design, use and selection of vehicle hoists/lifts and containers for wheeled waste containers
WASTE 06Skip and container safety in waste management and recyclingSafety in design, use and selection of larger waste containers such as skips, hook-lift and front end loader containers
WASTE 08Compaction equipment: User and public safetySafety issues with the use and location of waste compactor equipment, including on customer sites and where the public may have access
WASTE 09Safe transport in the waste management and recycling industrySafe traffic management on waste management sites. Note – on-site issues only and not traffic safety on the public highway
WASTE 10The safe recovery of petrol from end-of-life vehiclesSafety issues when recovering petrol during the dismantling of end-of-life vehicles such as cars and vans
WASTE 11Safety at ‘bring-sites’ in the waste management and recycling industrySafety issues at ‘bring sites’ (typically un-attended waste container areas in public places, such as bottle and paper banks)
WASTE 13Designing and operating material recycling facilities (MRFs) safelyBasics of safe design and operation of recycling facilities (MRF – materials recycling facility)
WASTE 16Reducing noise risks from kerbside glass collectionBasics of reducing the risk of hearing loss during glass collections, including design, hearing protection, occupational health monitoring and training
WASTE 18Design of locations, operating safety and other safety issues associated with the high-risk activity of manual picking from the floor (totting)Design of locations, operating safety and other safety issues associated with the high-risk activity of manual picking from the floor (totting)
WASTE 21Health and safety training in waste management and recyclingPlanning and delivering safety training for waste management activities, including key areas for training to cover
WASTE 22Handling offensive/hygiene waste safelyWhat is offensive hygiene waste, and how to protect employees, including specialised collection etc of such wastes and in general waste activities
WASTE 23Safe waste and recycling collection servicesSafe collection of municipal (household etc) wastes, including client issues and management of task-and-finish operations
WASTE 24Working on the public highway (street cleaning)Safety in street and road cleansing activities, including litter picking from the sides of roads and traffic hazards
WASTE 25Managing access to large waste and recycling binsSafety issues associated with ‘sleepers in bins’ and similar, including management of access to waste containers
WASTE 26Managing health and safety in civic amenity sitesOverview of safety issues at civic amenity sites (also commonly called household recycling centres and similar)
WASTE 27Health and hazardous substances in waste and recyclingCommon health hazards while collecting and sorting wastes, including exposure to hazardous substances and biological hazards
WASTE 28Reducing fire risk at waste management sitesManaging fire safety during the reception, treatment (processing) and storage of solid combustible wastes
WASTE 29Practical advice on lock-off for recycling machineryWhat is lock-off, when to apply it and operational and training issues for the safe lock-off of recycling and recovery machinery and equipment

Information Documents

Ref No.Document TitleSummary
INFO 01Health & safety leadership self-assessment toolAllows ‘leaders’ such as directors, managers and supervisors to assess their leadership style and approach, and gives tips for improvement
INFO 02Practical lock-off advice recycling recovery
INFO 03Effective proactive monitoring in waste and recycling collectionsAdvice on how to monitor safety performance during waste and recycling collection activities, including example format for operator and client use
INFO 04Examples of safety aids on waste collection vehiclesPractical examples of safety aids on waste collection vehicles, such as visual and audible safety aids, under-run protection and similar
INFO 05Non-technical summary WISH waste burn testsSummary of phases I, II and III of the WISH waste fire tests, the results and application to waste operations. Support document for Waste 28
INFO 06Noise in glass collections hearing protectionInformation and advice on the selection of hearing protection during the collection of glass wastes
INFO 07Noise in glass collections noise assessmentInformation and advice on the monitoring of noise levels during the collection of glass wastes
INFO 08Rogue lithium batteries and fire riskAdvice on reducing the risk from rogue lithium batteries occurring in mixed and general waste streams
INFO 09Employee engagementAdvice and tips on effective engagement with workers in the waste management industry (‘sister’ document to INFO 01)
INFO 10Safe use of refuse collection vehicle bin lifters and binsDesign and compatibility of lifting equipment and bins, selecting systems, maintenance and safe use. Support document for WASTE 04
INFO 11Safety in driver only commercial waste and recycling collectionsRisk assessing when driver only collections may be appropriate and advice on reducing the risks involved. Support document to WASTE 04
INFO 12Reversing in waste recycling collectionAdvice on reducing the risks associated with reversing during waste and recycling collection operations
INFO XXLandfill gas guidanceAdvice and information on reducing the risks associated with exposure to landfill gas during routine tasks, maintenance of systems and similar

Reference Documents

REF 01Example of daily periodic check sheets for street collection vehiclesExample daily/weekly check sheets for waste collection vehicles. Support document to WASTE 04
REF 02Case Studies bin lifters and bins on waste vehiclesCase studies of incidents and lessons learnt relating to the use of lifting equipment on waste collection vehicles. Support document to WASTE 04
REF 03Example refuse recycling collection round data sheetExample data sheet for use on recycling and similar waste collection routes/rounds. Support document to WASTE 04 and WASTE 23
REF 04Example format driver assessmentExample format for use during assessment of waste collection vehicle drivers, including licence checks. Support document to WASTE 04
REF 05Summary key occupational health hazards and referencesList of key potential occupational health hazards, potential symptoms and links to further information and reading. Support document to WASTE 30
REF 06Waste plastic fire separation distances case studyCase study of a real waste plastics fire confirming the separation distances calculated in WASTE Reducing fire risk at waste management sites