End of engineered life and waste bring many safety challenges across countless industries worldwide. These issues often displace safety risks to parts of the world that are least able to manage them. For example, 80% of electronic waste, the fastest growing waste stream, goes to the developing world. 

The Safer End of Engineered Life Mission seeks to reduce the number of incidents, accidents and casualties that happen as a result of safety issues, as well as addressing the environmental impact of poor management of waste. 

The programme is governed through a board chaired by Professor William Powrie FREng, professor of Geotechnical Engineering within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


  • To understand and apply practical interventions to improve safety at end of engineered life
  • To build an international community of knowledge and good practice across national and sectorial boundaries for the improvement of safety in end of engineered life
  • To raise awareness and public understanding of these issues

How it works

We connect stakeholders internationally (e.g. through workshops) in a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary approach that addresses the challenges in end of engineered life, which then leads to collaborations that improve safety practices.

Funding is available for projects that create the most impact and improve practice where it is most needed.

Global Review on Safer End of Engineered Life

The University of Leeds with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), D-Waste and Independent Safety Services Ltd (ISSL) is carrying out research on different waste streams worldwide and how they impact vulnerable communities to inform the mission's future interventions. This review will look at the following waste streams:

  • Plastics
  • Construction and demolition
  • Electronic
  • Landfill and disposal
  • Hazardous medical waste

The review will be available early 2020, along with more information on the next workshop opportunity.


If you have any questions or if you are interested in joining the Academy’s safer end of engineered life community, please contact Hazel Ingham, Programme Officer