Safety Summit

Winners’ Circle (1.5 CEUs)

Wednesday, August 22
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Canal AB

SWANA is proud to recognize outstanding health and safety programs through our annual Safety Awards. But, it’s about more than just trophies. This session will feature insights from past award winners HAMM Inc. and Fairfax County SWP that have proven successful in creating safer workplaces.

2017 Overall Safety Award

Safety Culture: How to Move the Safety Needle in the Waste Industry

This presentation provides insight into how the waste industry is currently handling safety and how a positive safety leadership culture can dramatically improve it. You’ll learn about one company’s journey from a traditional safety management system to a culture in which safety is incorporated into all aspects of the organization.


Charlie Sedlock, Director, Hamm, Inc.

Charlie Sedlock

Charlie Sedlock is the director of Hamm, Inc., and his responsibilities include operations, compliance, business development and siting/permitting for Hamm's waste service and mining businesses in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird Graduate School.

2017 Collection & Transfer Biggest Improvement Award Winner

Taking Safety Out of the Shadows

Learn how a local government successfully improved its safety record by taking safety out of the shadows with staff by asking difficult questions and no longer settling for the status quo. You’ll understand how they overhauled their safety program and accomplished significant reductions in safety metrics driven by operational improvements.


John Kellas, Deputy Director of Public Works, County of Fairfax, VA

John Kellas

John Kellas started in the solid waste profession more than 35 years ago. He has held roles in many aspects of the solid waste industry including design and operation of disposal facilities, transfer stations, transportation and material diversion facilities. Mr. Kellas spent more than 25 years with a national solid waste firm as a regional manager across the US and Canada. He and his wife Carma relocated to the Washington, D.C. area five years ago to work for Fairfax County, VA. As Director of Solid Waste, Mr. Kellas works helping lead the coordination of the waste and recycling process for 1.2 Million residents of Fairfax County. Mr. Kellas says the last five years in public service has been very rewarding working for culture change that has led to great improvements in safety, efficiency and engagement for the Fairfax Solid Waste Program. He and his wife reside in Manassas VA with their two German Shepherds.