SWANA Safety: SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs and reduce accidents and injuries. The resources available on this page represent part of that effort. Click Here to visit SWANA’s Safety Page.
Backing Best Management Practices Guide
According to industry and OSHA data, backing represents approximately 25% of all injuries and accidents in the solid waste collection industry. Use our poster and guide covering the industry’s best backing practices to educate employees to stay safe on the job. Click here for more information and to download
Chapter Safety Ambassadors
SWANA has launched a Safety Ambassador initiative for its 45 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Under this new program, SWANA chapters will identify a member to serve as their Safety Ambassador. Safety Ambassadors will serve as leaders in their chapters, and are likely to speak at chapter events about how to reduce accidents and injuries. Read the press release here.
The Chapter Safety Ambassador program is sponsored by AWTI.
LinkedIn Group: Solid Waste Safety
Click here to access the Solid Waste Safety LinkedIn Group, moderated by SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman.
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The “Safety Matters” column is part of the monthly members-only “I Am SWANA” eNewsletter. To receive this valuable monthly eNewsletter right to your inbox, join SWANA now!
- SWANA Launches Safety Matters Webpage
- SWANA Launches Distribution of Slow Down to Get Around Decals to Members
- SWANA Works to Advance Safety Awareness in Light of Fed Report on Injury and Illness
- New Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Shows Slight Downturn in Waste Industry Fatalities
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2014 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data, with the solid waste industry showing a slight downturn in worker fatalities.
Safety Monday is a member-only weekly, one-page safety newsletter distributed by SWANA in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA).
Members can access the complete archive of Safety Monday on the Open Forum library. You will need to log in with your member account to access. Click here to access the Safety Monday archive.
Slow Down to Get Around Sticker Distribution
Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. SWANA will begin giving away the Slow Down to Get Around Decals to SWANA members per request at no charge, sponsored by Lytx.
SWANA recently supported a successful effort to pass a Slow Down to Get Around law in Virginia to help improve garbage truck safety.
Solid Waste Safety Events
Safety Stand Down Awareness Week
January 25-29, 2016
SWANA wholly supports the 2016 NWRA Safety Stand Down, an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association. This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry.
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Arizona Chapter Safety Training
February 3, 2016
A full day of educational safety training: safety discussion; distracted driving; operator awareness.
Saint Xavier College, Gilbert, AZ
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OSHA & DOT Compliance Workshop@HQ
Eric Conn, Founding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC
Tony Cardamone, VP, Sales & Marketing, Concorde, Inc.
David Biderman, Executive Director & CEO, SWANA
A recording of the event may be available soon.
10 Ways to Reduce Accidents and Injuries Webinar
David Biderman, CEO & Executive Director, SWANA
Click here to be taken to the download page.
Sponsors: SWANA Arizona Chapter, Dadee Manufacturing, Concorde Inc, Reflective Apparel Factory, Golder Associates
Post-Collection Safety Webinar
Neal Bolton, P.E., President, Blue Ridge Services
Susan Eppes, MS, CSP, ARM, President, EST Solutions, Inc.
Tom Parker, Associate. CDM Smith
Click here to be taken to the download page.
Sponsors: SWANA Florida Chapter, FireRover, Golder Associates, SCS Engineers
WASTECON Solid Waste Safety Summit
SWANA’s Safety Summit, held annually as a part of WASTECON, is a curated program track that focuses solely on all aspects of solid waste safety, including garbage truck safety, safe practices in landfills and transfer stations, and more. Speakers talk about their experiences with enforcing rules and regulations with everything from OSHA to fires. The program for the 2016 Safety Summit will be posted along with the complete WASTECON program in early spring 2016.
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