Practical Safety Tips For Municipal Solid Waste Departments. David Biderman – EIA/NSWMA/WASTEC firstname.lastname@example.org 202-364-3743. 2007 Fall Summit Philadelphia, PA. Solid Waste Fatality Data. Most DPW and solid waste managers know solid waste
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David Biderman – EIA/NSWMA/WASTEC
2007 Fall Summit
Most DPW and solid waste managers know solid waste
collection is dangerous. Do you know how dangerous?
Solid waste employees also have high injury and
illness rates and days away from work:
Injury RateDays Away
Waste Collection 8.5 per 100 3.6 per 100
Waste Disposal 7.3 per 100 2.46 per 100
Solid waste vehicles are also involved in many
accidents causing fatalities, injuries and property
damage to third-parties.
How are you going to reduce the frequency and
severity of accidents and injuries and reduce the
number of employee and third-party fatalities?
Traditional elements of a good safety program:
Safety needs to be more than a “program”:
– Multimedia – pictures/video, classroom,
– Keep it short.
– Make it relevant – e.g., PPE/
– Use humor.
– Language/literacy issues.
helpers are following the rules and working safely is
to watch them:
– Do some incentives discourage
reporting of injuries?
What do you do to deal with employees who get into multiple accidents? One large solid waste company has determined 50% of claims were caused by 10% of employees,
– Zero tolerance.
– 3 strikes and you’re out.
– Focused refresher training with a “safety leader.”
The ANSI Z245 standards provide a blueprint for safe
waste collection operations:
If we don’t comply with ANSI standards, federal and
state governments will pass laws changing how we do
our jobs (cameras, helmets, training).
The 3 most common OSHA violators for solid waste
These violations involve safety hazards that can be
It isn’t easy – but it’s critical!