Moray Council first in Scotland to make health & safety commitment

Moray Council has become the first resource management team in Scotland to sign up to a national commitment to prioritise health and safety it was announced today (14th December).

14 Dec 15

The Scottish Resource Sector Commitment, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, is a ‘kite mark’ for quality in the waste and resources sector, backed by the Scottish Government. It is a voluntary agreement, open to both local authorities and private resource management firms, with over 20 committed businesses already signed up to the first phase, a commitment to good customer service.

Earlier this year the scheme was expanded to include excellence in health and safety. It’s open to any organisation involved in providing waste or resource management services to commercial customers in Scotland.

Moray Council has shown it goes beyond simply meeting its own health and safety requirements, taking a proactive approach to identifying any potential problems, updating corporate information developing an employee and driver guide, and arranging health checks for all staff with the local NHS.

Earlier this year Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, visited Moray to congratulate the council on signing up to the customer service commitment.

Commenting on the news that Moray Council is the first to sign up to the health and safety commitment, Mr Lochhead said:

“I’d like to congratulate Moray Council, my own local authority, on being the first commercial resource management team in Scotland to sign up to the Scottish Resource Sector Commitment health and safety standard, having already taken the positive step of signing up to the customer service element earlier this year.

“Health and safety is clearly an essential issue for the resource management industry and I’m delighted to see Moray taking such a proactive approach.

“In addition, over half of Scotland’s waste comes from businesses. In order to continue to increase recycling in Scotland, and support business in dealing responsibly with its waste, we need to drive up standards in the resource management industry to ensure customer confidence and the accessibility of high-quality services. A commitment to excellence in health and safety is a particularly important step to take.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Resource Sector Commitment’s health and safety standard shows a commitment above and beyond the health and safety policies which all organisations should have. It highlights the issue’s particular importance to the resource management industry and to help the team demonstrate that it sees compliance with good practice in health and safety as more than a tick box exercise.

“Moray Council is aiming to be an excellent example of this, with its resource management team getting onto the front foot with regard to the critical issue of health and safety, identifying potential issues and aiming to prevent them, including taking action to monitor the health of employees. I commend the team for their work and look forward to other resource management businesses making the commitment.”

“Zero Waste Scotland works with the resource management industry across Scotland on a programme of continual improvement and we are committed to keeping standards high. A professional resources management sector is essential for us nationally to harness Scotland’s resources in a useful way, not simply disposing of them as waste.”

Cllr John Cowe chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure committee, said:

“I’m delighted to see Moray achieve this prestigious standard. Safety is vitally important within all workplaces, and especially so within the waste sector, to achieve this on the back of a recent successful Health and Safety Executive inspection is valued recognition of the hard work of everyone within the waste section. Not only are we amongst the leading authorities for our recycling performance, we now have formal recognition from within the industry that our safety systems are effective.

“I know they have a detailed development plan in place and look forward to seeing their burgeoning safety culture flourish in time.”

Notes For Editors

  • Photos show L-R: Grant Wilson of Moray Council; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead and Charlie Devine, Zero Waste Scotland, on a visit to Moray Council this year, to launch the second phase of the Resource Sector Commitment.
  • Read more about Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment at
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
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