Alliance formed to protect solid waste industry workers
OSHA has formed a national alliance with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to protect the safety and health of workers in the solid waste industry.
During the two-year agreement, the Alliance will address transportation hazards, including backovers and distracted driving; slips, trips, and falls; musculoskeletal injuries; heat and cold stress; and needle stick and other hazards. Participants plan to develop and share information about preventing and mitigating these hazards through articles, toolkits, fact sheets, exhibits at local and national industry conferences, and discussions at forums and other meetings. Participants will focus their efforts and outreach on small- and medium-sized employers.
Formed in 1962, NWRA represents nearly 700 public and private companies, manufacturers, and service providers in the waste and recycling industry, and provides members with advocacy, education, and safety expertise. Formed in 1961, SWANA represents more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through education, advocacy and research.
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.