SWANA Safety Summit

SWANA recognizes that, in the solid waste industry safety matters! #SWANASafety That’s why we've curated a program track that focuses solely on safety. Join us for a look at the state of safety today and to learn great new techniques for building your own safety culture.

SWANA’s 2019 Safety Summit will take place at WASTECON® 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2019.

Safety Summit Agenda: WASTECON® 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Keynote: SWANA Safety Matters

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | North Ballroom C&D

Zachary Barnett, Area Office Director, OSHA - Phoenix Area Office

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a national alliance with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to protect the safety and health of workers in the solid waste industry. The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information. OSHA Phoenix Area Office Director Zachary Barnett will discuss how OSHA can collaborate with the solid waste industry to further these goals.

Safety Summit: Implementing a Comprehensive Safety Program

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Room 127AB

Brian Haney, VP, Safety and Compliance, Leadpoint USA
Kasem Cornelius, Operations ConsultaLeadpoint USAnt, 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. 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: Catching Fire — How to Reduce Risk and Handle Facility Fires Safely

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Room 121AB

Hilary Gans, Contracts and Facilities Manager, RethinkWaste / South Bayside Waste Management Authority
Thomas Parker, Senior Project Manager/Client Account Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group
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.

Safety Summit: Steps for Tracking Safety and Preventing Trends from Becoming the Norm

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Room 127AB

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 127AB

Jonathan Baltic, Senior Vice President, BrandArmor
Shawn Mandel, Vice President, Safety and Risk, Waste Connections, Inc.
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.

SSI Shredding Systems
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
TBI Roll-off Covers
Ruble Truck Sales
Harris Equipment

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Thank You to Our 2019 Safety Summit Sponsors

Jacobs Engineering Group
Leadpoint Business Services
Mack Trucks
Nitto in the Americas