Among the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)’s goals for the future is making sure the waste industry moves off the federal government’s list of the top dangerous jobs in the United States. With this mission in mind, SWANA developed a new safety campaign that gives waste collection employees five tips to stay safe and alive on the job.
Five Tips to Stay Alive provides a useful set of guidelines – including a reference to an ANSI Safety Standard that states collection workers should not ride on the step of a garbage truck if the truck is backing or going more than 10 miles per hour – which waste collection workers should follow to reduce accidents and injuries on the job.
Susan Eppes of EST Solutions said, “As Chair of the ANSI Z245 Committee that develops safety standards for the industry, I am thrilled that SWANA’s latest safety resource explicitly references a critical safety standard developed by our committee.”
SWANA hopes waste industry professionals will use this tool, in addition to its other safety resources, to continue efforts in creating a positive safety culture in the workplace.
“Waste Connections fully supports SWANA’s efforts to improve the industry’s safety performance, and we hope other companies and local governments will use this new resource to help reduce accidents and injuries, said Waste Connections’ Director of Safety Shawn Mandel.
Earl Gloster, director of solid waste for the City of Clearwater, Florida, commented, "We enthusiastically support SWANA’s efforts to make municipal employees safer through these types of resources."
Five Tips to Stay Alive is available for download on the SWANA website in flyer, poster and social media banner formats for easy sharing in promoting safety to colleagues and other industry professionals.
“SWANA will continue to develop new tools for supervisors and front line employees to help reduce accidents and injuries in both the public and private sectors," said SWANA Executive Director David Biderman. "SWANA is the leading waste industry resource in the United States and Canada for meaningful safety tools that help companies and local governments make sure their workers go home to their families, safely, every day.”
Biderman also noted that the new guidelines will be available in Spanish in coming weeks.
For more information on SWANA and its Safety Matters program, please visit www.SWANA.org/safety.