Biffa has retained its five star rating in the Integrated Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) management audit from the British Safety Council.
The achievement is the fourth year in a row that Biffa has been awarded five stars for Health and Safety and its second top rating under Five Star SHE Integrated Audit.
The Five Star Safety, Health and Environmental Integrated Audit provides a comprehensive and independent evaluation of an organisation’s entire SHE management system and benchmarks against current best practice techniques, providing an overall score and grading.
The British Safety Council’s in-depth, four-day examination of Biffa’s SHE management systems and arrangements across various sampled sites throughout the UK in December 2015, scrutinised the organisation’s approach to managing occupational safety and health and environmental issues and pathways for continuous improvement towards best practice.
Lawrence Emerson, Biffa’s director of SHEQ, said: “Health and safety is always the top priority when you work in the waste industry – one of the highest risk industries in the country.
“The auditors carried out a complete review of our integrated management system, emergency procedures, reporting of accidents, nears misses and ill health, and we also demonstrated evidence of our continual improvement programme.
“With 6,500 staff and a responsibility for the safety of the general public too, Biffa always demonstrates total commitment to ensuring a safe working environment. Retaining our five star rating from the British Safety Council is testament to the health and safety culture that exists across the whole business, from root to tip.”
Some of Biffa’s most celebrated practices include the roll out of its “iforsafety” behavioural change programme, which focuses on raising awareness of the importance of reporting “near misses” in the workplace.
Biffa has also helped to further boost its safety credentials with campaigns such as “People in Bins”, which have gained significant national press coverage and substantially raised the public’s awareness of the rising number of homeless people being found sheltering in waste bin