The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) today announced the participation of several leading companies and independent waste and recycling organizations nationwide in its second safety stand down with an emphasis on keeping collection workers safe during hot weather. Through this effort, NWRA is equipping participants with guidance and tools on water, rest and shade as preventative measures to pretext the health of industry workers as temperatures begin to soar in summer months. The 2016 NWRA Safety Stand Down on Water, Rest and Shade launches on May 16 with a weeklong training and awareness initiative focused around reducing heat-related illness and injuries, a common challenge for industries where workers spend considerable time outdoors. This NWRA Safety Stand-Down will include a daily focus on safety issues related to keeping cool, hydrated and healthy in warmer weather and will conclude on May 20, 2016.
Nearly 60 companies have already joined the Stand Down with additional participants registering as the kickoff to the Stand Down nears. Further, in an effort to amplify the common purpose of safety education, NWRA is being joined by several regional waste and recycling associations and the municipal waste community who have encouraged their members to participate in the Stand Down: California Refuse and Recycling Council, the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, the Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, the International Scrap Recycling Institute and the Solid Waste Association of North America.
“We are proud of the commitment of our members, sponsor and partners to work together to raise the bar for safety in our industry,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, NWRA president and chief executive officer. “We are working to raise awareness and elevate our performance as we focus on the importance of a safe environment for our workers and the communities they serve nationwide.” “Through training, effective communications and heightened awareness we are committed to helping improve safety across our industry,” said Kneiss.
NWRA has made safety its top priority, a pledge shared by its member companies. This Stand Down will provide participating companies with the tools, guidance and support necessary to move the needle on heat-related health incidents. In 2014, 1,160 injury and illness cases with lost work days involved exposure to environmental heat in the services providing industries. The Waste and Recycling industry falls into this sector. The NWRA is assisting with tools to help employers make employees aware of therisk. Through this Stand Down, NWRA aims to prepare companies to address the concern and provide employees the resources they need to stay healthy in the heat.
This Stand Down comes on the heels of the highly successful NWRA Stand Down on Backing that took place in January. This Stand Down brought together more than 60 percent of the industry for a week of education, discussion and resource sharing to reduce backing related incidents.
Participation in the NWRA Safety Stand Downs involves waste and recycling companies’ commitment to focusing employee safety sessions during the week on heat safety; conducting a risk assessment and review of heat-related policies and procedures; and posting Stand Down information at facilities and on social media sites to make employees aware of this effort.
“NWRA, its members and partners in this Stand Down, are committed to safety. This is one of multiple efforts NWRA is leading to move the needle on safety in our industry for our workers and the communities we serve,” said Kneiss.
The Stand Down is sponsored by 3rd Eye Cam Powered by AWTI, a leading supplier to the waste and recycling industry, whose products and technologies are directly contributing to improving safety. More information on AWTIs products and services can be found at www.awti.com