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International Safety Day

Keeping our colleagues safe at work

Renewi marked International Safety Day on 28 April 2016 across its former Van Gansewinkel (VGG) sites in the Benelux with a campaign based on the theme of ‘acceptance’. Colleagues at our Coolrec, Minerals and Maltha operations also took part.

The campaign sought to raise awareness about ensuring that the right conditions are in place and to accept the right waste streams from customers and handle them in a safe way. At a more fundamental level, acceptance is about creating a culture where pointing out a situation that is unsafe becomes a normal part of everyday activity.

All employees taking part in the campaign were offered a safety ‘gift box’ containing information on how to improve safety at work by preventing accidents and the spread of illness. A target was set to further reduce the current >3 day accident rate of 1,920, and for all customers to be informed of the safety standards we expect when our drivers visit their sites.

This type of safety event is not a one-off for Renewi. Throughout the year we hold safety events, with topics ranging from safety behavioural change and observational safety, to hard-end issues such as machinery safety and traffic management. These regular safety events are one tool we use to continually improve.

Safety plays a key role at Renewi. We want all our employees to feel safe at work and return home safely each day.