Waste collection companies told to follow safe work practices

The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) – the national authority which regulates workplace safety, health and environment as well as radiation matters – reminded all waste collection companies and those involved in the collection, transport and disposal of waste to prohibit unsafe work practices and behaviour such as workers hanging onto the sides and the backs of garbage trucks while in motion.

Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) such as protective gloves, high visibility coverall or vest as well as safety shoes, among others, should also be worn by the workers at all times. Unsafe practices and behaviour may endanger the safety and well-being of the workers and members of the public.

Under section 12 of the Workplace Safety and Health Order, 2009 (WSHO), the duties of employers include taking necessary measures to ensure the safety and health of employees and other persons – such as members of the public.

Employers should also provide sufficient instruction, training and supervision for the workers.

The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) reminded all waste collection companies registered with it to comply with relevant directives or regulations, including matters related to the safety of their workers, at all times.

JASTRe reserves the right to suspend or revoke the approval to carry out waste collection service issued to the companies if they fail to do so at any time.