New face at EVE intends to advance industry health and safety standards

The latest addition to the Eco Verde Energy (EVE) team is aiming to raise the bar of what constitutes as ‘good practice’ across all AD plants operated by the specialist supplier of operations and management services.

Will Rogers has recently joined EVE as health and safety director. He explains his vision for change, and how he intends to optimise safety standards.

“When AD was first recognised as a viable renewable energy technology the industry expanded rapidly, starting with predominantly small farm-based AD plants, then growing to incorporate larger AD facilities powered by a broader range of feedstocks, such as food waste.”

Mr Rogers explains that there can be risks associated with AD operations, such as moving vehicles, working at a height and exposure to chemical hazards. People working on-site need to be aware of these risks, follow DSEAR regulations and manage these on a day to day basis.

“This has been brilliant in relation to utilising waste to generate renewable energy. However, when it comes to health and safety, standards and practice these need to be evolved to keep up with the rate of development.

“We need to foster a positive health and safety culture that reflects the nature of the risks in the operational environment. This is a great opportunity for EVE to establish and implement industry leading health and safety management standards.”

Mr Rogers has visited each of the three plants which joined the EVE portfolio on 1 December 2020, to assess the arrangements as they currently stand.

“Ultimately, our intention is to have all the plants meeting the BS ISO 45001 standard for health and safety, but it will not be a one-size-fits all approach which gets us there due to each plant being unique.

“We will be looking at a range of options that will continue to ensure staff competency and risk awareness. Participation of the workforce at all levels will be required to ensure health and safety is at the forefront of our thinking and actions. 

“I’m thrilled to join EVE at this exciting time. Working in the AD industry really appeals to my environmental awareness and I will utilise my consultancy skills and experience in the energy sector to facilitate positive change in AD operations and management.”

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