ESA Launch Zero Plan https: ESA-Net-Zero-Exec-Summary.pdf (

This strategy sets out ESA’s collective ambition to not only become a net zero GHG emission sector, but to achieve this by 2040 – a full decade ahead of the UK’s legally binding target. Meeting this stretching ambition requires joint action from our sectors, government, supply chain and our customers – working together to protect the environment, deliver investment in new infrastructure and create green jobs


This report – the CIWM Presidential Report for 2021/2022 – captures the thoughts of CIWM members and other professionals working in, or supplying, the resources and waste sector about what the next ten years might hold in terms of sector evolution and most importantly what skills we will need to drive a more green and circular recovery.

CIWM-Skills-for-the-Future.pdf (



A waste collection firm in Luton has been instructed to pay almost £2 million in fines and costs after being found guilty of health and safety failings following the death of a binman.

The incident occurred when Peter Coleman was collecting waste at Woodside Leisure Complex on Saturday 11 October 2014.

His vehicle began to roll away and while attempting to regain control and stop the runaway vehicle, Peter was struck and died of his injuries.

Following a police investigation, a coroner’s inquest and an investigation by Watford Borough Council, the decision to prosecute Peter’s employer, F&R Cawley, was based on evidence indicating serious issues with the condition of the vehicle and the practices of the company. 

The prosecutor said the brakes on the lorry’s second axle were faulty and a mechanism that prevented the bin lift being operated when the vehicle was in gear had been disabled.

A Southport skip hire and recycling company, Johnsons Scrap Metal limited, has been charged £10,000 and instructed to pay costs of £4,000, after an employee suffered “serious injuries” to his arm.

A 22-year-old worker had been working at Johnsons Scrap Metal at Crowland Street, loading a 44 tonne “third party” vehicle with waste wood when the incident occurred.

An investigation completed by the HSE found that the company “neglected to assess the risks” and take valuable measures to prevent employees from accessing third party vehicles.

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The Society of Occupational Medicine is a registered charity whose objective is to increase the wellbeing of the working population across the UK.

This guidance offers employees from Occupational Health Authorities guidance on how to manage getting back to work after COVID-19 infection and Long COVID.

Stuart Fair (Dumfries & Galloway) and Danielle Moore (East Renfrewshire) Councils presentation on how we need to think about the mental health of our workforce within the resource management industry.

“Our current world is very different to the one we knew a year ago. It is an understatement to say we are all operating in different times and whilst we are strongly focused on service delivery and abiding by COVID-19 restrictions and Guidance, we need to take a moment to think about our own and the mental health of our workforce, if we chose to ignore this or not proactively manage and support our people, it could be an accident waiting to happen”. (Danielle Moore, ERC)

Read Danielle’s blog here

Sources of Support / Further Information

A £1 million programme offering small to medium-sized businesses across Scotland up to £5,000 of training each has been launched by the OU in Scotland.

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund programme aims to boost productivity and growth of SMEs in response to Covid-19. It is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and opened to applications on Monday (1 February).

Following the Scottish Government announcement in mid-November, teams in Scotland, BDU and Marketing and Communications responded rapidly to develop the offer, a range of short courses and modules.

These reflect existing Scottish skills gaps including leadership and business, digital and IT, health and social care and the green economy.

Marie Hendry, Deputy Director, External Engagement and Partnerships, at the OU in Scotland, said: “The Open University is uniquely placed to help industry address national and regional skills gaps and support employers to develop in an ever-changing world of work.

“We know that Scotland’s SMEs have been particularly affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and these businesses and their people will play a crucial role in Scotland’s recovery. Our tailored training plans will help SME companies to upskill and retrain their existing workforce to maximise the opportunities to restart and recover.”

The OU already provides workforce development solutions to over 260 organisations from the Shetland Isles to Dumfries and Galloway benefitting over 900 employees. It is the first university to provide training for small to medium-sized businesses under the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

Encouraging companies across the private, public and third sectors to discuss tailored training for their organisation, Suzanne McQuade, Business Relationships Manager, said: “We offer a highly flexible approach working with companies to understand their business challenges and shaping training and development to suit them. Staff can access our innovative online training in the workplace or from home at a time to suit while accommodating ongoing business operations.”

Find out more about OU support for SMEs on the Flexible Workforce Development Fund webpage.

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UWS Centre For Continuing Professional Development, are offering a couple of their MSc Waste & Resource Management modules as stand along CPD courses:

The Two modules are:

Funding may be available to delegates via the UWS Upskilling Fund. The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided, and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.

To receive this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or, work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.

If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application. Please also contact the CPD team,  to discuss other potential funding mechanisms if you are not eligible for the UWS Upskilling Fund.

For more information on the modules, contact Dr Iain McLellan.

RoSPA and insurer RSA Group team up on a new home safety project, promoting the importance of remaining active in later life.

Maintaining an active lifestyle and keeping good levels of strength and balance can reduce your chances of having a fall. Knowing about hazards in the home is also important, so you can make some quick, simple changes to address them.

Five virtual Safe and active in later life: falls prevention roadshows are taking place to give people in later life, their families and falls prevention practitioners the opportunity to find out more about building exercise into a daily routine. The sessions will run from Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4 and are open to people from across the UK. You can find out more about these sessions and book a place, by visiting the events page.


This year ScORSA have decided to change the format of our their annual St Andrew’s seminar.

The event will be split into a series of three webinars with Part One taking place on Thursday 26th November, Part 2 in January and Part 3 in February.  Each part will cover a separate topic and will begin this month by discussing the issue of Fatigue and Driving for Work.

The programme for the workshop session will be:

10am – 11.30am

  • 15 min intro from Chair , Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA Policy Adviser and Head of Road Scotland
  • 20 min break-out rooms facilitated by
    • Michelle Little, Road Safety Framework, Transport Scotland;
    • Michael McDonnell, Director,  Road Safety Scotland;
    • Blair Boyd, ScORSA Member and #DrivingTiredKills case study and
    • Dr Karen McDonnell, ScORSA/RoSPA
  • 10 min feedback
  • 15 min conclusion from Chair

Although unable to meet face-to-face this year, ScORSA hope that the break-out rooms format will allow for some thought-provoking discussion and valuable sharing of experience.

Please join ScORSA for this interesting new format on a very important topic.

To reserve a place, please email: