FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

30 April 2021

If you use a third-party contractor to complete this duty, can you request this information from your service provider.

 

All information provided will be kept confidential and no organisation, local authority or company will be named in the research findings.

 

Question 1

 

Which method for collecting recycling glass do you complete?  (kerbside or co-mingled for example)

 

Question 2

 

  1. Have you completed any noise assessments for refuse recycling collection services?

 

  1. If yes, have these been completed for exposure to the workforce or for environmental noise? 

 

Question 3

 

If you have completed noise assessments for noise exposure to the workforce of recycling refuse collections, can you please provide the information with exposure levels? (Sound level readings, dosimeter readings or noise assessment reports)

 

Question 4

 

If you have not completed noise assessments for recycling refuse collection services, can you provide the rationale for not completing these?  (Working environmental noise or other hazards)

 

Question 5

 

  1. Do you consider any existing noise induced hearing loss when recruiting a new employee as a recycling refuse loader?
  2. Or, when contracting agency staff, as refuse loaders?

 

Question 6

 

  1. Do you provide recycling refuse collection loaders with any personal hearing protection?
  2. If yes, what type?
  3. If No, the rationale for not? (may be similar to question 4 response)

 

 

 



East Herts Council Response

05 May 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Question 1

Which method for collecting recycling glass do you complete?  (kerbside or co-mingled for example)

  • Commingled

 

Question 2

I.              Have you completed any noise assessments for refuse recycling collection services?

  • No

II.         If yes, have these been completed for exposure to the workforce or for environmental noise? 

 

Question 3

If you have completed noise assessments for noise exposure to the workforce of recycling refuse collections, can you please provide the information with exposure levels? (Sound level readings, dosimeter readings or noise assessment reports)

  • N/A

 

Question 4

If you have not completed noise assessments for recycling refuse collection services, can you provide the rationale for not completing these?  (Working environmental noise or other hazards)

  • Wrap Noise exposure in glass collections for recycling published in 2012 analysed the various collection methodologies and a commingled collection system operated below lower exposure action value.   

 

 

Question 5

I.              Do you consider any existing noise induced hearing loss when recruiting a new employee as a recycling refuse loader?

  • A medical questionnaire is completed which includes hearing

II.         Or, when contracting agency staff, as refuse loaders?

 

Question 6

I.              Do you provide recycling refuse collection loaders with any personal hearing protection?

  • No

II.         If yes, what type?

III.        If No, the rationale for not? (may be similar to question 4 response)

Collection methodology operated is below the lower exposure action value

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