O’Donovan – Leading the way for SME’s

O’Donovan – Leading the way for SME’s

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O’Donovan Waste Disposal is an independent family-run business and is one of London’s leading waste management companies with 140 employees and 85 HGVs. Industry leading in its commitment to training and operational standards, Jacqueline O'Donovan, Managing Director, explains how FORS has helped them improve their driver training strategy, reduce the risk to vulnerable road users and focus on improving road safety.

‘We first became involved after spotting the FORS stickers on vehicles around London back in 2009 and thought that this would be an opportunity to help improve the perception of the waste industry. We sailed through the initial FORS assessment and registration becoming a bronze accredited company. We were immediately able to start making the most of the benefits available and before long we went on to achieve the silver standard.’

odonovan 1‘Our hard work and dedication to continually improve our operations and our investment in the fleet saw us move upwards from silver. The most crucial area that continues to encourage change whilst having a positive effect on staff is training and development - targeted training of our staff has reduced the impact on the environment whilst improving road safety. The results have helped shape the management of our operations, our fleet and our drivers. All of our vehicles are fitted with CCTV cameras, Class V and VI mirrors along with Fresnel lenses, side guards and side detection sensors. We are now proud to hold the FORS Gold standard for the fourth consecutive year."

“The information and support we have received together with the FORS workshops have proved invaluable as there are always new and innovative ideas and topics being discussed,” continues Jacqueline, “We find it so encouraging that by also sharing our ideas about safer working and best practice, we can implement change and also help other companies to follow in our footsteps.”

“sharing our ideas about safer working and best practice”

Results of the team’s focus have included O’Donovan reducing idling on its vehicles by 50%, as well as lessening fuel usage and emissions. The whole O’Donovan team is kept up-to-date by receiving a Green Drivers Report which celebrates efficient and safe drivers.

“The company also puts all our drivers through Safer Urban Driving courses, which involve a competent trainer taking drivers onto London’s streets on a bicycle to experience first-hand cycling in close proximity to moving traffic, including HGVs. Working with FORS has helped us ensure that we’re doing the maximum we can to improve road safety and has helped us set clear objectives to operate logistics safely whilst achieving the buy-in of all our drivers.”

“Working with FORS has helped us ensure that we’re doing the maximum we can to improve road safety” 

O donovan 2“Operating safely on London’s roads involves a combination of approaches, including vehicle modifications, training and an embedded culture. Ensuring that we provide our drivers with in-depth training and the most advanced safety-equipped vehicles means our drivers are more confident in dealing with the challenges of driving on ever more congested roads.”