Contractors must take precautions when disposing of dangerous material to minimise the risk of injury to the workforce.
See the examples below for how one supplier addressed this:
- The company developed the ‘Blade Safe’ box for the safe storage of used Stanley blades.
- Used blades are placed in the box and a keyring is provided to ensure it is not overfilled. A sticker is then placed to seal the opening before disposal.
- The box is also made of metal so that it can be disposed of together with the contents.
- Disposal is environmentally-friendly, as both the box and its contents can be put in a metal waste skip to be recycled.
- The box has been crush tested to withstand a one tonne force and can hold over 1000 used blades.
- An accompanying safety poster ensures operatives understand how to use the ‘Blade Safe’.
This system reduces the risk of serious injury caused by the mishandling of used blades and ensures the blades are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.
Supplier Monitor report. Steel Bits Ltd. June 2017.