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SWANA Expands Safety Program

Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
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Source: Recycling Today
Association says it will partner with its safety leadership to develop a survey that will capture information related to injuries and accidents.

The  Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced that it will begin collecting safety data from municipalities about collection injuries and accidents, as part of its renewed emphasis on worker safety in the solid waste industry.

Recognizing a need for data on the frequency of accidents and injuries among municipal solid waste (MSW) collection workers and vehicles, SWANA says it will partner with its safety leadership to develop a simple survey that will capture needed, relevant information.

“The frequency of accidents in our industry, particularly fatal ones, is unacceptable,” says David Biderman, SWANA executive director and CEO.

He adds, “SWANA will continue to expand its safety offerings so all of the hard working men and women in this great industry return home to their families safely, every day.”

SWANA will be discussing its initiative at the Safety Summit during its annual conference, Wastecon, in Orlando, Florida, from August 24-27, 2015. The 3rd Annual Safety Summit will include presentations on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation compliance, preventing fires and safety issues facing MSW workers.

Data collection for this initiative is slated to begin in early 2016.

In other safety endeavors and programs, SWANA says it plans to host a webinar on postcollection safety issues at transfer stations, recycling facilities and landfills in the fall. SWANA says it also expects to hear from OSHA next month whether its application for grant funding to provide safety training in 2016 has been approved.

SWANA is an organization of more than 8,300 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA says it has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

For more on SWANA’s safety program, visit

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