The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires all employers to “provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of employees”.
What has waste got to do with safety?
Excessive waste create unsafe work environments. Stacked boxes and clutter could negatively impact on the movement of people. Emergency exits could be blocked and could pose a real threat during emergencies such as fires when staff need to evacuate the building.
How does PT put your safety first?
As an employer, PT has identified the health and safety risk posed by ineffective waste disposal. To eliminate the cause, a Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) was designed to guide employees on how to manage waste effectively without causing harm to themselves and thereby create a work environment that is hazardous free and safe. It further provide clear guidelines in the arrangement for collection of identified waste.
Why is waste disposal important?
Proper waste disposal procedures:
- Ensure that hazardous wastes are disposed of correctly
- Avoid risk to health and safety
- Ensure that all floors and offices occupied by the Provincial Treasury are aesthetically pleasing
- Avoid littering
- Ensure that the waste is disposed of in an environmentally acceptable manner.
What is expected of YOU?
Roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders are outlines in waste disposal process. You must ensure that you familiarize yourself with the SOP to ensure that you know your role in waste disposal process. This SOP came into effect on 1 August 2019. Click here to read the SOP.
Let’s work together to create a safe work environment through effective and efficient waste disposal.