Waste Stories 15/7/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1.Health and safety fatalities in the waste sector

Provisional figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show fatalities in the waste sector has dropped below the yearly average.

There were seven fatalities in the waste and recycling sector for the year 2018/19 compared to 12 fatal injuries during the previous year (2017/18). This puts the most recent figures below the annual average of nine fatalities.

The provisional annual data for total work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

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2. EU employers must set up systems to measure daily working times

To ensure that the health and safety of workers in the workplace is fully and effectively protected in accordance with Working Time Directive legislation, employers must set up a system which will enable the duration of daily working time to be measured, according to a ruling from the European Court last month.

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3. What does the Green Finance Strategy mean for business?

Following the launch of the UK Government’s Green Finance Strategy earlier this month, the chief executive of the Green Finance Institute has outlined how climate disclosure, policy signals and a robust business case for sustainability will transform how corporates engage with the finance community

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4. Funding for key technology components for local energy systems

This £3m competition will support the development of components of an energy system that will strengthen the development of smart, local energy systems of the future that make the best use of cheaper renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, low carbon heat and digital infrastructure.

The competition opens for registration on July 22 and the KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) will be holding briefing events in London and Manchester to provide:

  • an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail
  • opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet and explore ideas with UKRI, BEIS and wider stakeholders.

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5. Eyefficiency audit toolkit

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been working with partners around the globe with a second Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund grant for the ‘Eyefficiency’ audit toolkit which allows surgical units to view their cataract operations in terms of productivity, costs, carbon-emissions and to benchmark these against other users.

At the end of May, 10 beta sites have successfully completed 2 rounds of beta testing of the toolkit.

Testing is currently being rolled out to sites in Scotland and England. If you would like to get involved please email info@sustainablehealthcare.org.uk

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