Staff at Limavady Borough Council have been celebrating after being awarded Ambassador status at the first ever inaugural Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum NI Ambassadors Awards Programme presentations.
The new awards scheme recognises health and safety excellence and best practice within the waste industry. It is part of the ongoing drive to reduce accidents through the promotion and sharing of knowledge and best practice across the industry.
Representatives from the waste management and recycling industry in Northern Ireland came together to form the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum.
Limavady Borough Council was awarded the status for a safety initiative devised by Technical Services and the Corporate Health and Safety Officer. Together they co-ordinated the design and implementation of an electrical Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) procedure for out of service equipment.
The LOTO procedure secures faulty or damaged equipment ensuring such equipment cannot be accidentally used whilst awaiting professional attention.
This upgrade to procedures provides staff with further safety protection and reinforces the strong health and safety culture at Limavady Borough Council.
WISH NI members include representatives from professional associations, recycling organisations and national and local government bodies involved in waste management and recycling.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is also a member, adopting an advisory role to help improve health and safety practices throughout the industry.
Limavady Borough Council was one of three local authorities along with two private organisations to be awarded the Ambassador status at the awards presentation.