AJF Waste Management has launched the UK’s first and only (CIWM) accredited waste training courses for operatives working in frontline operations.
The pioneering courses include Street Collections, Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF), and Reversing Assistant. A Manual Handling course accredited by the Institute of Safety and Occupational Health (IOSH) is also now available.
Andrew Firman, Managing Director of the south Wales based AJF, explains: "AJF has pioneered the training of agency staff prior to their placement, and is dedicated to leading the industry by achieving and maintaining the highest standards of good practice. It was a natural progression to get these courses accredited by the CIWM and IOSH.
"The Safe Working Practices – Street Collections course is suitable for people who are currently working in frontline waste operations, as well as those intending to start work in the waste industry. It provides the necessary education and support to this vulnerable sector, enabling them to deliver their legislative responsibilities and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.
"The MRF course provides knowledge and understanding of the complexities of a materials reclamation facility, and the actions required by employees to help keep themselves and others safe while working in this environment.
"The Reversing Assistant course in contrast provides employees with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and members of the public safe during vehicle manoeuvring.
"Finally, the Manual Handling course is intended to complement all of the above operations. It is relevant for related operational activities such as street cleansing, grounds maintenance, and vehicle and highways maintenance.
"With over 30 years’ experience in the waste industry, including at frontline operations, I have a personal appreciation of the importance of training. Adequate training can create benefits such as reduced risk of a death or injury, demonstration of due diligence, compliance with best practice standards and potentially reduced insurance premiums.
Training for temporary / agency staff ahead of their engagement also meets with the very latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) good practice guidance.