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Further training courses are an important component of REMONDIS’ global operations. Just one example of the many courses on offer is the specialist seminar held every two years for plant managers in Germany. For the first time ever, a joint event was organised for REMONDIS and TSR Recycling employees which took place in the German city of Magdeburg at the end of 2014.
The REMONDIS Group’s locations in Germany are all accredited specialised waste management businesses. This also includes appointing an operations officer responsible for running and monitoring on-site waste management activities. Every two years, these officers must take part in a state-recognised further training course.
Around 50 TSR Recycling branch managers in Germany are also operations officers. In the past, their courses were always given by external trainers. Initiated by TSR’s QSHE (quality, safety, health and environment) department, this course was reorganised and made even more practically relevant. Each seminar now consists of two parts. The first section continues to be held by external experts who are called in to inform the participants about any changes to environmental law or health and safety regulations. The new part of this seminar involves in-house specialists who talk about company-related subjects. Jörg Benn, head of TSR’s QSHE department, commented: “The feedback from the operations officers taking part in the first of these new courses has been extremely positive.”
Another change: the TSR operations officers were joined by REMONDIS employees, helping to promote the exchange of information between the two companies. With this course being such a success, the organisers have decided to continue this collaboration so that TSR and REMONDIS operations officers will be able to participate in joint in-house courses in the future, too.
The QSHE team has been using a new database system since the beginning of the year to help them with their complex work. There are more than 8,000 health and safety rules and regulations in Germany alone and this innovative system ensures operations at the TSR Recycling branches are run even more efficiently. There is, for example, an overview page for each individual branch which provides information on a number of subjects – such as upcoming inspections, seminar dates and vacant positions – and automatic reminders are sent to the users. Branch managers are also sent a daily report about environmental matters affecting their branch and any upcoming tasks.
There are more than 8,000 health and safety regulations in Germany.
An additional database enables monitoring processes to be optimised in this field and makes sure any necessary correctional measures are implemented in the best possible way. The system used to transfer tasks between individual branches and delegate inspection duties to those responsible has also been simplified. Jörg Benn explained: “The system has a host of useful functions, helping us to fulfil our environmental and health and safety tasks. It also provides practical support – for example, making sure we renew our certificates on time.”
External legal experts will continue to deliver training courses for operations officers.
The TSR Group has been part of the REMONDIS Group since 2006. Based in Germany, TSR is one of the leading companies in Europe for recycling scrap steel and non-ferrous metals. The company employs around 2,600 people at 150 business locations across the globe and handles more than seven million tonnes of metal a year. Its portfolio of services ranges from collecting, transporting and processing different types of metals, trading in metals and managing material streams as well as carrying out demolition work and industrial services. Metal recycling is a highly effective way of protecting the environment as it conserves primary raw materials and helps to prevent climate change.