End of engineered life and decommissioning bring many safety challenges across countless different industries worldwide. These challenges arise from a range of issues, including hazardous medical waste, the decommissioning of offshore structures and electronic waste. These issues often displace safety risks to parts of the world least able to manage them.

To give an 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.



  • 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.

As part of this mission, the Academy is commissioning vital research to help map waste management streams to identify the key safety issues involved.