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Waste and Recycling

As the nature of industry changes over time, alterations to both the amount and types of waste produced have also occurred. Not only are we making more waste than ever before, the nature of waste is becoming more complex, and often more dangerous to people, property and the environment.

WorkSafe Victoria in conjunction with employer associations, unions and industry have produced Guidelines for the Safe Handling of Industrial Waste to assist workplaces with managing waste, in particular potentially hazardous waste.

Why is waste important from a health and safety perspective?

Waste is created in a number of ways and comes in various forms. Of particular concern is potentially hazardous waste and its effects on the people who work with it. Hazardous waste can create many health and safety problems if not dealt with in a safe and responsible manner. These problems can affect everyone – from people who produce waste to those who transport it, and finally those that receive, treat and store it. Potentially hazardous waste can also create problems for the general public and the environment if not handled safely.

What should workplaces do about waste?

Workplaces need to ensure hazards and risks associated with waste, particularly hazardous waste, are considered and dealt with along with other workplace hazards. At each stage of the waste chain, employers have major responsibilities to keep their staff and other people safe from the dangers associated with waste.

Safe handling of industrial waste

WorkSafe Victoria has produced a guide to the safe handling of industrial waste. This guide has been divided into three sections which describe the stages involved in production, transport and receipt of commercial and industrial waste. Information has been grouped for waste producers, waste transporters and waste receivers/treaters.

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