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2019 Shredder Safety report published and 2020 survey now open

  • 01 June 2021

Workforce safety is most important. In 2020, BIR initiated a worldwide survey of shredder owners and operators in order to identify the risk factors leading to accidents and injuries in the previous year; their feedback has been analyzed in the ground-breaking 2019 Shredder Safety Survey report presented today at the BIR Shredder Committee’s online meeting.

This important annual survey enables shredder owners and operators to benchmark their own safety performance against similar operations around the world and provides a basis for safety briefings for permanent and temporary employees, as well as contractors, working on shredder sites.

This was the first safety survey designed specifically for shredders worldwide. The report analyses the collated data for all the main variables with respect to the location of safety incidents in or around the shredder and task being undertaken at the time. The response rate was 10%, as no fatalities were reported by these respondents, the fatal work accident rate was zero fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. The non-fatal accident rate was 3100 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.

To download the 2019 report, and participate in the “BIR Shredder Safety Survey for 2020” which is opened today, go to:

Safety managers of all shredders around the world are invited to contact Ross Bartley (, regarding the BIR Shredder Safety Survey for 2020, now available in five languages: ChineseEnglishFrenchGerman and Spanish.

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