Induction - Loaders & Sacktory New

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Method Statement – Waste / Recycling Collection

Date: March 2023

Work to be undertaken: Daily waste / recycling collection rounds

Location:  Designated collection area

Prepared by:  Michal Szuminski (Transport Manager/Lead Assessor),

Reviewed and authorised by: Dr B. Bratley (Health & Safety Officer at First Mile)

1.0       Work location

This document outlines the safe working methods employed by First Mile Limited when collecting refuse sacks from client premises

Tasks to be carried out as detailed below:

2.0       Description of work to be carried out

Collection of refuse sacks from client premises as detailed in collection contract for each customer.

3.0 Hazards

Potential hazards include, but not limited to:

  • 3.1 Slips, trips and falls.
  • 3.2 Manual Handling
  • 3.3 Cuts and abrasions
  • 3.4 Moving vehicles
  • 3.5 Contacts with sharp objects

4.0       Risk assessments

See Risk Assessments (RA) for:

  • 4.1       FM collection & Delivery Drivers RA
  • 4.2       Driving RA
  • 4.3       Drivers Manual Handling RA

5.0       Control methods

All employees are conversant with the company Health and Safety Policy and specific Method Statements (MS)/Safe Systems of Work (SSOW). A copy of which is available for review at the depot office.

  • 5.1.    Trained and competent staff.
  • 5.2.    Clearly defined Method Statements/Safe Systems of Work.
  • 5.3.    Personal protective equipment.
  • 5.4.    Health & Safety Policy.
  • 5.5.    Accident Reporting Procedure.
  • 5.6.    Emergency contact telephone number.

6.0         General method of work.

  • 6.1.      Before the start of each shift driver completes vehicles safety check list.
  • 6.2.      Appropriate PPE is available and must be worn.
  • 6.3.      Driver follows the collection route assigned to him by the Operations Manager for designated collection round.
  • 6.4.       Driver observes safe parking of vehicle for each collection point.
  • 6.5.       Driver checks weight of waste or recycling sacks.
  • 6.6.       Driver undertakes dynamic risk assessments for reasonably foreseeable hazards.
  • 6.7.       If emptying wheeled bins using a bin lift driver to check inside the bin for homeless people sleeping in bins.
  • 6.8.       If safe to do so, driver transfer waste or recycling sacks from designated collection point to collection van following safe manual handling practices.
  • 6.9.       Drivers are required to collect all materials prepared for collection, marked as First Mile or in accordance with collection description.
  • 6.10.     Drivers must make sure that collection area was left in the same state as it was before collection, all bins and cages must be closed and locked if applicable. Bin brakes to be applied all the time.
  • 6.11.     Driver is not to climb on or enter vehicle body at any time.
  • 6.12.     Driver closes vehicle doors/gates before proceeding
  • 6.13.     Driver completes round and delivers content to waste disposal/recycling site.
  • 6.14.     Driver follows disposal site safety rules including traffic management route
  • 6.15.     Driver returns to depot and reports to Supervisor/Operations Manager.

I hereby declare that I have read, fully understood and I agree to always comply with the above Method Statement for Waste-Recycling Collections. I am also conversant, and I must  always  comply  with  the  Risk  Assessments  stated  in  paragraph  4  and  the  Safe System of Work for Drivers/Loaders.

Signed by:

Employee name(Required)
DD slash MM slash YYYY

Method Statement – Sacktory

Date: March 2023

Work to be undertaken: First Mile Sacktory

Location:  Operation Depot, Minerva Road, Park Royal

Prepared by:  Michal Szuminski (Transport Manager/Lead Assessor)

Reviewed and authorised by: Dr B Bratley (Health & Safety Officer at First Mile)


1.0       Work location

This document outlines the safe working methods employed by First Mile Limited during materials sorting in the Sacktory premises.

Tasks to be carried out as detailed below:

2.0       Description of work to be carried out

Sorting of waste in MRF as per practices stated on Safe System of Work/EMS.

3.0       Hazards

  • 3.1.      Machinery malfunction
  • 3.2.      Machinery misuse
  • 3.3.      Uneven/slippery surfaces.
  • 3.4.      Falling objects
  • 3.5.      Falls from height
  • 3.6.      Manual Handling
  • 3.7.      Sorting of waste by hand (totting)

4.0       Risk assessments

See Risk Assessment (RA) for Sacktory.

5.0       Control methods

All employees are conversant with the company Health and Safety Policy and specific Method Statements (MS)/Safe Systems of Work (SSOW). A copy of which is available for review at the depot office.

  • 5.1.    Trained and competent staff.
  • 5.2.    Clearly defined Method Statements/Safe Systems of Work.
  • 5.3.    Personal protective equipment.
  • 5.4.    Health & Safety Policy.
  • 5.5.    Accident Reporting Procedure.
  • 5.6.    Emergency contact telephone number.

6.0       General method of work.

  • 6.1.   Appropriate PPE must be worn always
  • 6.2.   Only trained staff is authorized to operate inside the Sacktory, and especially the compaction equipment/trailer as per manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety procedures
  • 6.3.   The Sacktory must be free of hazard and obstacles like; debris, holes, overhanging objects, spillages. The area must be kept tidy, so a thorough cleaning of all machinery and the floor is to be done at the end of each day.
  • 6.4.   At the beginning of work, the Site Supervisor must inspect work area for hazards
  • 6.5.   Compactor side and top panels should only be removed for maintenance and testing and it is essential that the machine is switched off and the isolator locked off before any work commences
  • 6.6.   Operatives must perform daily maintenance checks as per manufacturer’s instructions and Safe System of Work and report any issues to Site Manager.
  • 6.7.   In case of emergency, operatives must push immediately the red emergency stop button and inform Supervisor/Manager
  • 6.8.   Sacktory Tipping Floor is called ONE-MAN ZONE, only one person is allowed to do operations on the floor at any time. It is also a designated hard hat area.
  • 6.9.   One type of operation can take place at the time, tipping, loading, exchanging vans or containers or swiping floor. There is no exemption from it.
  • 6.10. The whole process is supervised by Site Supervisor and only he decides on the sequence of operations.
  • 6.11. Loading process is supervised by Site Supervisor who drives Wheel Loader/JCB loading waste material to MRF Hooper.
  • 6.12. Site Supervisor is responsible to make sure there is nobody else on the floor during loading process.
  • 6.13. If for any reason anybody enters the tipping floor (ONE MAN ZONE), all operations have to cease immediately
  • 6.14. Coupling / uncoupling process is supervised by Site Supervisor/ Trained Banksman who acts as banksman for driver when coupling or uncoupling semi-trailer. Site Supervisor/ Banksman maintain eye contact with the driver during the whole process, while remaining in a safe distance from the manoeuvring vehicle
  • 6.15. Fall arrest equipment is checked every time prior to use and in more in- depth examination by Site Manager every month.
  • 6.16. Compactor ignition key to be REMOVED when repairs/ maintenance / cleaning is done to avoid machinery use by other staff

I hereby declare that I have read, fully understood and I agree to always comply with the above Method Statement. I am also conversant, and I must always comply with the Risk Assessment(s) stated in paragraph 4 and the Safe System of Work for Sacktory.

Signed by:

Employee name(Required)
DD slash MM slash YYYY