What is the Board’s commitment to Occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing?

Health, safety and wellbeing is the highest priority within the business and the Board is committed to monitoring and reviewing performance on a regular and ongoing basis. Our goal is to keep our people, our customers and the public safe by promoting high standards of health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace and in all our activities.

To achieve this, the Board will:

  • Continuously review the organisation and maintain an up to date risk profile. Identify and evaluate these risks for opportunities to enable Biffa to work towards the continual improvement of the safety, health & wellbeing culture at all levels.
  • Encourage and reward employee engagement and feedback in this area
  • Show visible commitment to improvement by actively driving, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing standards.
  • Act with pace where standards fall short of our expectation to eliminate hazards, reduce risks or positively influence health to an acceptable level.
  • Provide adequate resources to ensure we meet compliance obligations, constantly review and monitor the effectiveness of the Integrated Management System ensuring alignment with Group Strategy, Objectives and Targets
  • Support the ongoing training of operational teams to ensure site competence and understanding in recognising and improving and maintaining safe working conditions in conjunction with the Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Environment & Quality Teams.
  • Ensure all our employees and contractors and third party resource providers take personal ownership of safety, health and wellbeing each day.

What are Biffa’s objectives for Health, Safety & Wellbeing?

Biffa believe that all accidents and workplace related illnesses are avoidable; our objective is to prevent injury or ill health by continuous improvement of our safety performance and the promotion of good mental and physical health. The organisation commits to plan, control and monitor these activities and set the goal to not cause harm to our colleagues or interested parties.

To achieve this Biffa:

  • Develop strategies and campaigns in the form of a Balanced Business Plan with specific objectives and targets taking into account the needs and expectations of interested parties, which are updated annually and monitored monthly.
  • Educate & support staff at all levels in the prevention of work-related and general ill health by promoting wellbeing via our health and wellbeing strategy
  • Engage with and influence other interested parties, collaborating with the Regulators, and industry trade groups to improve industry standards.
  • Undertake incident investigations to ascertain learning points and improvement
  • Internally and externally audit our IMS, implementing improvements to retain external certifications, utilising actions raised from those audits as key drivers for continuous improvement.
  • Commit to further improve processes and systems to include management of change, emergency planning and business continuity strategies, procurement and outsourcing, internal audit and risk assessment
  • Continue to proactively promote and positively reinforce good behaviours and healthy lifestyles with effective H&S and Wellbeing initiatives and campaigns

What are Biffa’s expectations for communication of Health, Safety & Wellbeing?

Participation and consultation are vital aspects of this policy. Biffa welcomes suggestions from all interested parties to improve health, safety & wellbeing and Biffa Colleagues are encouraged and expected to:
  • Report and discuss health, safety & wellbeing matters with their managers, and company SHEQ coaches who will offer or obtain further expert advice, where necessary.
  • Co-operate at all times; contribute good ideas and improvements; report defects and short falls.
  • Work closely with our regulators and industry bodies to improve standards

Biffa welcomes suggestions from members of the public to improve health, safety & wellbeing and Biffa Colleagues are encouraged and expected to:

  • Discuss health, safety & wellbeing matters with their managers, and company SHEQ coaches who will offer or obtain further expert advice, where necessary.
  • Co-operate at all times; contribute good ideas and improvements; report defects and short falls.

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