To reduce accidents and injuries and ensure worker safety and health outcomes during daily waste disposal facility* operations through attention to hazards and making worker protection a part of company culture
To Rreduce material disposal accidents and injury.
- Implement a weekly safety and equipment usage training program
- “Accessible” Training (Mandatory for new hires; ongoing) Training is available in the predominant/fluent language of the workers being trained; graphic-based or video training; globalized hazard recognition symbols used
- Operates in a documented safety-training system that complies with all or most of SWANA’s recommended ANSI equipment safety guidelines as applicable: https://swana.org/Safety/ANSIStandardsforWasteandRecycling.aspx
- Verify that weekly safety training demonstrations and training are being conducted for all employees
Accomplish increased operational regulation, safety resources, and safety awareness campaigns by implementing the relevant SWANA equipment safety recommendations.
- Complete all employee safety and health training programs
- Complete and record Risk Assessments for all work tasks
- Implement a system to report near-misses
- Implement and follow a Safe Driving Policy & training for facility rolling stock (option: using SWANA’s template)
- Incentivize workers for monitoring, recording, and reporting worker fatalities and injuries
- Conduct regular safety training at least weekly for all employees
- Create and maintain standard operating procedures based on industry best practices
Regularly hold focus group meetings between employees and employers. Ensure both parties have the opportunity to communicate opinions on the effectiveness of worker safety regulation, and suggestions for improvement
- Regularly hold focus group meetings comprised of employees only to discuss the effectiveness of worker safety regulation, and suggestions for improvement.
- Have a safety committee regularly present findings and recommendations from these employee-only focus groups to the employer
- Disconnect incentive programs from accident-free periods *Note: “Waste disposal facility” includes transfer stations, landfills and thermal conversion facilities.
Mandatory: Implement an ongoing safety and equipment usage training program. Tier 1: “Accessible” Training (Mandatory for new hires; ongoing) In the predominant/fluent language; graphic-based or video training; globalized hazard recognition symbols used. Tier 2: Conduct an OSHA (or equivalent)-Level audit by a qualified auditor OSHA-level audits follow the official forms. Qualified auditors include: Federal or State OSHA inspector; Insurance inspector; Union safety official; Tier 3: Full remediation of all OSHA (or equivalent) incidents reported