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Municipal PCR Draft Credit 11: Post-Collection Recovery Facility Safety Protocols and Training (x points)

Intent:

To Rreduce accidents and injuries and ensure worker safety and health outcomes during daily material recovery and organics processing facility operations through attention to hazards and making worker protection a part of company culture. material recovery accidents and injury.

Requirements:

  • Verify that weekly safety and equipment usage demonstrations and training are being conducted for all employees
  • “Accessible” Training (Mandatory for new hires; and ongoing for existing employees) that 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 safety guidelines as applicable: https://swana.org/Safety/ANSIStandardsforWasteandRecycling.aspx

Strategies

Accomplish increased operational regulation, safety resources, and safety awareness campaigns by implementing the relevant SWANA 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)
  • Monitor, record, and report worker fatalities and injuries 
  • Incentivize workers for monitoring, recording, and reporting worker fatalities and injuries
  • Disconnect incentive programs from accident-free periods 
  • 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 

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) Training is available in the predominant/fluent language of the workers being trained; 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 [include form #s in the credit, which must be completely filled out

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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