Important Safety Performance Benefits from Incentivized Scheme

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Red Industries Ltd, the specialist national waste contractor, reports measurable improvements in incident reduction as well as in operational performance and environmental impact reduction, following the introduction of the Process Improvement Points (PIPS) Scheme.

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This scheme encourages all team members to constantly monitor the various processes, procedures and working practices for possible improvements, and to record any suggestions. These are then evaluated at regular intervals, with a voucher, Facebook recognition and other benefits going to the best suggestion. Though the scheme is not specifically targeted at safety issues, the improvements adopted have seen a noticeable fall in the number of incidents, as well as streamlining site activities.

Staff at Red Industries currently submit an average of seven suggestions per month, and to date, just over 98% of the winning suggestions have been implemented.

Commenting on the success of the scheme, Operations Director Jon Clewes said: “The waste industry has one of the highest accident rates of all industries and the Red Industries team has always prioritized incident reduction as part of our operational programme. However, since the introduction of the PIP scheme about a year ago, we have observed even better results with fewer reported incidents, which is extremely encouraging. It is very often the people doing a job who see better and safer ways of doing it, and we have always liked our staff to feel fully involved in keeping our standards among the highest in the industry”.

Red Industries offers a nationwide industrial waste collection service from its centres in Stoke-on-Trent and Kinglassie, Scotland, and specializes in the environmentally-responsible disposal of hazardous wastes.

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