Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Safety Matters

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.

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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.


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!

Press Releases

Safety Monday

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.

Sign up here to get your stickers.

Read the press release here.

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.
Click Here for More Information

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
Click here for more info


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.
Sponsor: Intelivert

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.

Click here to learn more about the Safety Summit at WASTECON.


Keep up to date with tweets about safety in our industry using the #SWANAsafety hashtag. #swanasafety Tweets

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