Backing Best Management Practices Toolkit

SWANA’s Backing Best Management Practices Guide

According to industry and OSHA data, backing represents approximately 25% of all injuries and accidents in the solid waste collection industry. Use this guide covering the industry’s best backing practices to educate employees to stay safe on the job. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.

Top Ten Backing Best Management Practices

Use this Top 10 poster to promote and highlight the industry’s best backing management practices as part of on-going training to keep employees stay safe on the job.


The Solid Waste Association of North America would like to thank Thomas Parker, PE, BCEE of Ch2M for the development of the backing best management practices guide.

Mr. Parker would like to acknowledge the following resources, organizations and individuals which were consulted in the preparation of this document:

  • Wallace, Liz. CDL Driver Guide to Best Practices for Safe Backing. Web log post. Driving Ambition. Driving Ambition Inc., 09 Sept. 2012
  • Safety.com
  • National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Tabitha Laser, CSP, H&S Business Solutions Leader, CH2M
  • Anthony Miano, Solid Waste Manager, City of Tempe, Arizona
  • SWANA Safety Committee