On May 16, 2016, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) launched a weeklong training and awareness initiative focused on keeping collection workers safe during hot weather. It was the NWRA’s second Safety Stand Down this year. This effort aimed to reduce illness, fatalities and injuries that can occur as a result of dehydration, heat stroke, heat exposure and other health challenges that can occur in hot weather.
On the heels of a January NWRA Safety Stand Down on Vehicle Backing, the NWRA said the second Stand Down exceeded expectations and by nearly doubling participation numbers. In January, NWRA engaged 60 percent of the industry in its first Stand Down. This time around, the NWRA said 65 percent of the industry took part, composed of 138 participants and 87 companies.