Key appointment at Keenan Recycling

George Chalmers has been appointed as the new health and safety manager.
George Chalmers has been appointed as the new health and safety manager.

A Buchan recycling company has made a key management appointment to bolster its safety procedures due to its continued growth.

Keenan Recycling, which transforms food and garden waste into BSI accredited compost at its New Deer base in Aberdeenshire, has appointed George Chalmers to the role of health and safety manager to oversee the company’s adherence to relevant regulations and legislation.

Since the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations in January 2014, the firm has seen its client list triple from 600 to 1,800 and now processes more than 60,000 tonnes of waste at its award-winning site.

As a result of this rapid growth, the firm required a dedicated health and safety professional to oversee all procedures and ensure the business stays in line with the most up to date legislation.

Mr Chalmers, who lives close to New Deer, was educated at Bankhead Academy in Aberdeen and joins Keenan Recycling with more than 25 years experience in the industrial sector having previously worked for a large logistics company.

He said: “My day-to-day role mainly involves managing risk, training members of staff, and making sure the facility is operated in a safe manner.

“Due to the nature of the business the staff are regularly carrying out tasks which could be seen as hazardous and there is always heavy machinery moving around the yard, which all require protocols to be in place to ensure all workers are safe at work.”