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Biffa achieves five-star grading in the British Safety Council Audit

20 January 2021

Biffa achieves five-star grading in the British Safety Council Audit

Biffa has successfully completed a best practice Five Star Integrated Audit conducted by the British Safety Council, demonstrating its commitment towards the continual improvement of its health and safety and environment management systems and associated arrangements. 

Biffa is at the forefront of the UK’s waste industry, with operations that cover the entire breadth of the waste management process including collection, recycling, treatment, disposal and energy generation. The Biffa Resources & Energy Division underwent a comprehensive, quantified and robust evaluation of its occupational health and safety policies, processes and practices. The audit process included documentation review, interviews with senior management, employees and other key stakeholders, together with sampling of operational activities.

The audit measured performance against key health and safety management best practice indicators and a detailed review of over sixty component elements.

Biffa was awarded a Five Star rating following the audit which is reflective of a best practice organisation.

Andrew Allum, Divisional SHQ Operations Manager at Biffa, said: “We are proud to be industry leaders in our approach to health and safety and we’re pleased to have achieved the five-star grading in this audit. We are committed to keeping our people and the public safe by ensuring safety is embedded within our culture and championed at all levels. This new five star grading takes us a step further towards our long-term commitment to create a zero harm environment, whereby there are no injuries or work related ill health across our workforce.”

Roni Kotecha, Managing Director, Audit and Training at the British Safety Council, added: “The award of a five-star grading following our occupational best practice Health and Safety and Environmental Audit is an outstanding achievement and is reflective of a proactive organisation which is committed to continual improvement in its health and safety and environmental arrangements and managing risks to workers’ health, safety and welfare.”

“Biffa should be very proud of this achievement.”  



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About Biffa

Biffa has been at the forefront of the UK’s waste industry for over a hundred years, with operations that span the entire breadth of the waste management process including collection, recycling, treatment, disposal and energy generation. We exist to change the way people think about waste; to help people see the opportunities that exist when we manage our waste in the right way, and to make that happen. We understand the vital role we must play in helping the UK to address the climate emergency and deliver sustainable growth. This involves an ambitious investment programme in green economy infrastructure and low carbon collections, alongside an ongoing commitment to sector leadership in the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Biffa is a Great British company. In FY20, the Group's total revenue was £1,102.8m and its Underlying EBITDA was £174.0m. We have been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2016 under the ticker "BIFF". In March 2020, Biffa entered the FTSE-250. 

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About the Five Star Safety Integrated Health and Environmental Audit

The Five Star Audit  is a comprehensive, contemporary and quantified process which benchmarks health and safety management performance against the latest best practice techniques.

The audit process is carried out through documentation review, management and other stakeholder interviews, as well as operational sampling.

Those organisations who achieve a five-star grading following the audit become eligible to enter the British Safety Council Sword and Globe of Honour Awards which recognise excellence in the management of health, safety and the environment.

The award scheme is an independently adjudicated process which requires five star achievers to build upon the audit findings and provide a written submission on their continual improvement planning.

About the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council believes that no-one should be injured or made ill at work. 

Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.

As part of its charitable work, the British Safety Council leads health and safety networking forums for all sectors, facilitates and promotes best practice in Britain and overseas. It also offers a range of services and products, including training, qualifications, publications, audits and awards. The British Safety Council works closely with organisations, charities and individuals who share its vision of ensuring that every worker goes home at the end of the day as healthy as they were when they went to work.

We would be grateful if you could use British Safety Council in full rather than abbreviating to BSC when quoting our organisation.

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