Municipal PCD Draft Credit 7: Post-Collection Disposal Facility Safety Protocols and Training (x points)

Intent:

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.

Requirements:

  • 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

Strategies:

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.

 

http://www.forworkingfamilies.org/sites/pwf/files/publications/SustainableAndSafeRecycling.pdf 

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

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