Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Safety Summit: Implementing a Comprehensive Safety Program
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Room 127
Kasem Cornelius, Operations Consultant, Blue Ridge Services
Jerry Schuber, Assistant Director of Public Utilities - Solid Waste, City of Fresno, California
Safety isn’t just a slogan. It requires planning, practical standard operating procedures, and regular safety training. But many facilities don’t even know where or how to start the process. This co-presented session will use a real-life case study from the City of Fresno’s solid waste collections division and look at how they evaluated their current safety program, identified areas for improvement (just to avoid it sounds like they were deficient, even though they were). The presentation will discuss how City of Fresno implemented their new plans and training programs, with a strong focus on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and customized safety training videos.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Safety Summit: Steps for Tracking Safety and Preventing Trends from Becoming the Norm
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Room 122
Jessie Atencio, Director, Arizona Division of Safety and Health
While it’s easy to get lost in the weeds when it comes to improving your operation's safety record, rest assured that you are not alone when contemplating your responsibility to ensuring your employees get home safe every day. Unfortunately, it seems that a majority of the industry professionals throughout the country are perplexed trying to find ways to control the amount of workman's comp claims. In an effort to provide a snapshot of industry trends, the Arizona Division of Safety and Health (ADOSH) and the Arizona SWANA Chapter have formed an Alliance to instill a culture of safety and promote the use of voluntary consultations at solid waste operations throughout the State of Arizona.
Safety Summit: Pathways to Innovative Collection Safety
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Room 124
Jonathan Baltic, Senior Vice President, BrandArmor
Shawn Mandel, Vice President - Safety and Risk, Waste Connections
Tony Miano, Solid Waste Manager, City of Tempe, Arizona
In 2018, at least 42 waste and recycling collection workers lost their lives while on the job, and every year far too many men and women are injured while out on the route. That is why collection is regularly ranked the 5th deadliest job in America. This session brings together safety leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss their biggest challenges and what they’ve done to reduce risk and improve safety. This session will also include a presentation on how you can integrate the national Slow Down to Get Around campaign into your safety programs and how you can use stickers and other reflectives in creative new ways on your trucks.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Safety Summit: Catching Fire: How to Reduce Risk and Handle Facility Fires Safely
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Room 124
Hilary Gans, Contracts and Facilities Manager, RethinkWaste / South Bayside Waste Management Authority
Kevin Roche, Chief Executive Officer, ecomaine
The frequency of fires in the solid waste industry is a huge threat to both safety and financial viability. Whether it’s from lithium ion batteries, equipment malfunctions, hot loads or other sources, the devastation caused by these incidents can put a facility out of service for months, endanger lives, and lead to substantial insurance premium hikes.
A 2015 fire at the Shoreway MRF in San Mateo, California, nearly destroyed the facility, and smaller fires have also occurred. Hilary Gans will discuss the risks posed by lithium ion batteries in the solid waste stream and present a case-study of the efforts taken at the Shoreway MRF to mitigate this fire hazard.
The Ecomaine MRF in Portland, Maine, has also faced serious threats from fires, and so has installed a new system to monitor and detect hot spots 24 hours a day before they become a problem. Once detected, they can respond accordingly using water cannons, which have remote controls from inside and outside the plant. Kevin Roche will present how Ecomaine developed this custom fire detection and response system.