09/06/2006

Waste and recycling vehicles in street collection - guidance

Reversing waste/ recycling collection vehicles are a contionuos problem and
hazard. Reversing has caused a disproportionately large number of moving
vehicle incidents, in most instances adopting safe systems and using aids for
reversing, including trained assistants to ensure that pedestrians do not enter
the reversing zone, will prevent these tragedies.

British Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published a guidance for employers,
managers, supervisors and workers to help them remove or reduce the risk of
injury caused by waste/recycling collection vehicles operating in the street.
It is deliberately restricted to:

  • vehicle issues (but comments on other issues); and
  • activities in public access areas (eg street collection, car parks).

It focusses on

  • Risk assessment
  • Managing the risk and especially
  • Reducing the risks of reversing.

It contains

  • Job sheet example
  • Refuse/recycling collection round data sheet
  • Training record
  • Driving ability report
  • Pre-employment driving licence questionnaire and accident history
  • Record of initial and periodic driving licence check
  • Operations monitoring

More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work