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WJ Collect New RSTA Environmental Award

The WJ health and safety culture had been recognised by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) last year when presenting the company with a health & safety award for workforce involvement. At the 2016 conference and gala dinner WJ collected a further award for the RSTA’s new category of ‘Environmental Innovation’ with their Hydroblast system.

The WJ Hydroblast ultra high pressure water system has been serving the industry for some time with a more environmentally beneficial method of road marking removal. More recently the process has been adopted for surface retexturing and emergency fuel spillage clean up with additional environmental benefits.

The Hydroblast trucks are based and maintained at the WJ Stoke Depot which has just been awarded ISO 14001:2004 environmental certification for a renewed period reinforcing WJ’s commitment to environmental improvements.

The RSTA SHE awards recognise health and safety best practice and environmental innovation for one of most dangerous work spaces: live roads. This year there were four categories that included Health and Safety Innovation, Workforce Involvement, Behavioural Safety and Environmental Innovation.

The RSTA Awards were judged by Ray Cooke from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and were sponsored by Nynas Bitumen. Other award winners included National Road Planing, FM Conway and Total Bitumen.

Commenting on the awards Mr Cooke said: "I am pleased with the number and quality of entries. These demonstrate the importance that RSTA members attribute to good health and safety practice and they are to be commended in their readiness to share and disseminate best practice to the road maintenance sector."

His praise was echoed by Howard Robinson, RSTA chief executive, who said: "All the members who contributed entries are to be congratulated for their embracing health and safety awareness and environmental consideration as integral parts of their business and not just some add-ons. Ultimately good Health, Safety and Environmental practice makes good business sense."

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Uploaded 03/05/2016