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Blue Ridge Services - Landfill Safety Training

SWANA has partnered with Blue Ridge Services, Inc. to bring you comprehensive video safety training for landfill workers and operators. Safety is a big deal, especially at landfills, where the mix of heavy equipment, traffic and trash can often spell disaster for the untrained worker. In 2012 there were 3,825 deaths in American workplaces due to accidents and/or exposure.1 You have a responsibility to your employees, your customers and yourself to know the safety hazards and know how to protect against injury and damage. There are over 70 topics in this one of a kind video safety training program specifically for landfills.

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U.S. Department of Labor; http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cftb0268.pdf

Every topic includes an introduction, safety training, safety quiz and summary.

Each safety topic training packet includes:

  • 1 VHS or DVD
  • 10 Employee Booklets
  • 1 Sign-Off Sheet
  • 1 Teacher's Manual
  • 3 Tailgate Updates
  • 1 Poster

Annual subscriptions will also include a 3-Ring Binder with monthly tabs to store your training materials.

The price of shipping is included in the price when shipping to a location within the United States.

Scroll down to see the list of all 70 Landfill Safety Courses offered, listed alphabetically. 




The Annual Safety Training Subscription offers you and your crew an easy and comprehensive method of conducting regular safety training. Every month, your waste facility will receive a complete safety training package on a specific, relevant topic. All the materials you need to conduct a safety training with your crew will be included.

  • Safety Videos
    The safety videos include photos and live footage from landfill sites. This relevant information is presented in an informal and conversational style… in keeping with our reputation for practical, nuts-and-bolts training.
  • Posters
    The posters highlight each topic's message by representative photos and short statements pulled directly from the safety video. Posters are also available individually.
  • Instructor’s Manual
    The instructor's manual guides the presenter of the safety meetings through each step.
  • Sign-Off Sheets
    To keep track of who has attended the safety training sessions
  • Booklets (10 included. Extras available at separate cost.)
    Every employee who attends the safety session will receive a booklet, which includes graphics and text written in a clear, understandable way. Employees will want to keep the booklets to use for later reference.
  • Tailgate Updates
    You will also receive 3 agendas for conducting weekly tailgate safety meetings to help reinforce the monthly theme. Sign-off sheets are also included for all of the tailgate meetings.



Asbestos Safety provides an overview of asbestos and discusses the risks and prevention measures. This lesson covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Friable & Non-friable asbestos
  • Prevention
  • PPE
  • Response



Backing Safety covers the basics of how to safely back up any piece of heavy equipment, and covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Blind spots
  • Installing mirrors & video cameras
  • Remove certain attachments



Bird Safety covers the health and operation risks related to excessive bird populations, and discusses the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Health
  • Airport safety
  • Aesthetics
  • Prevention
  • Daily cover
  • Noisemakers
  • Depredation permits
  • Monofilament lines
  • Reflective tape
  • Decoys
  • Model airplanes
  • Falcons
  • Cleaning up



Blood Borne Pathogens (Hazards in the Waste Stream) gives an overview of the risks related to blood borne pathogens, and how to work safely and avoid exposure. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Sources of exposure
  • Hazards to watch for
  • Working safe
  • PPE
  • Other safety precautions
  • What to do if you are exposed



Call Before Digging discusses the scenarios when you should call before digging, the various legal issues, and potential safety issues. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Knowing when to call
  • It’s the law
  • Prevention
  • What do locate marks mean
  • Hand expose lines
  • Common mistakes
  • Response
  • Power lines, Gas lines, Telecommunication lines
  • Other underground utilities



Compactor Safety provides an overview of how to safely operate one the most important pieces of landfill equipment: the compactor. This DVD discusses the following safety topics:
  • Big, heavy, agile, big teeth
  • Walk-around inspection
  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Starting the machine
  • Working near other vehicles and people
  • Speed v. Safety
  • Compacting guidelines
  • Watching for hazardous materials
  • Working on a slope



Confined Spaces discusses the safety risks involved with working in confined spaces, and covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Confined spaces at landfills
  • Examples
  • Entry plan
  • Identifying confined spaces
  • Who may enter
  • When is entry allowed
  • Permit notification
  • Backup and rescue plan
  • Type of work allowed



Controlling Landfill Fires offers an overview of how to safely control landfill fires, and covers the following topics:
  • Think before you act
  • Evacuate
  • Secure the site
  • Stay upwind
  • Isolate the fire



Dealing with Unruly Customers discusses how to deal with customers who don't follow facility safety rules, and covers the following topics:
  • Background information
  • Causes and solutions
  • Age and aggression
  • Miscommunication
  • Mistakes or problems with the landfill
  • Personality conflict
  • Accumulated stress
  • How to deal with difficult customers



Electrical Safety discusses the safety risks associated with working with or close to live electricity. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Basic electrical terms
  • Shocking surprise
  • How does risk of shock happen
  • Body’s reaction to electricity
  • Risks & prevention
  • Overloading outlets
  • Overloading extension cords
  • Portable tools & their cords
  • Double insulated portable tools & water
  • Grounded plugs
  • General
  • Response



Emergency Response Plans - General provides an overview the importance of emergency response plans, and covers general topics related to the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Plan components
  • Communications
  • Training
  • Getting prepared



Equipment Safety: General offers an overview of equipment safety and basic inspection. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Walk-around inspection
  • Climbing aboard
  • Basic operation
  • Parking the machine



Evacuation Plans discusses when evacuation is appropriate, and covers the following topics:
  • When & how to evacuate
  • Evacuation plan
  • Know the plan
  • Follow instructions



Excavating Old Trash discusses the unique safety risks associated with excavating old trash and covers the following topics:
  • Statistics
  • Risks and prevention
  • Bulky items
  • Hazardous materials
  • Landfill gas
  • Oxygen deficient work areas
  • Fire
  • Leachate
  • Instability
  • Operational issues
  • Odors



Eye Protection gives an overview of eye-related personal protective equipment, and includes the following topics:
  • Statistics
  • Blowing debris/dust
  • Power tools
  • Chemicals
  • Smoke
  • Glare
  • Hot material
  • Protection



Fueling Machines discusses the safety risks involved when fueling heavy equipment and trucks, and covers the following topics:
  • Fuel tank/pump station
  • Fuel truck
  • Portable can
  • Fueling guidelines
  • First aid procedures
  • Regulations



General Dozer Safety gives an overview of some of the safety concerns related to dozer operation, and discusses the following topics:
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Starting the machine
  • Working around other vehicles and people
  • Pushing
  • Working on steep slopes
  • Working on the tipping pad



Green Waste Issues discusses the potential risks and safety issues associated with green and wood waste processing, and covers the following topics:
  • Traffic
  • Dust
  • Bulky material
  • Flying debris
  • Noise
  • Snakes, skunks & other critters
  • Fires
  • Odors



Hand Protection covers the basics of personal protective equipment for hands, and discusses the following topics:
  • Amputations
  • Broken/fractured bones
  • Types of burns
  • Cuts
  • Protection



Handling Difficult Loads gives an overview of difficult loads at landfills, and addresses the following common issues:
  • Slow unloaders
  • Mixing vehicles
  • Bulky material
  • Unstable vehicles
  • Tire damage
  • Litter loads
  • Thinking ahead



Handling Offensive Loads offers strategies on safely dealing with offensive loads, and covers the following issues related to offensive loads:
  • Dealing with offensive loads
  • Require prior notice
  • Identify the load
  • Mask or eliminate odors
  • Dump in a separate area



Hard Hat Safety covers the basics of hard hat usage, and includes the following topics:
  • Statistics
  • Risks
  • Examples
  • History
  • Types
  • Wear & care
  • Response/head injuries



Hazard Communication & Understanding MSDS covers the requirements of Material Safety Data Sheets, and how to properly communicate hazards to your employees. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Program
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Shop
  • Waste stream
  • Haz-Mat temporary storage facility
  • Other hazards
  • Read labels
  • What is a Material Safety Data Sheet
  • How to read an MSDS
  • Chemical name & manufacturer information
  • Hazards identification
  • First aid measures
  • Firefighting measures
  • Handling & storage
  • Engineering controls & personal protection
  • Stability & reactivity



Hazardous Materials discusses how to identify and safely deal with hazardous waste. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Definition & characteristics
  • Prevention
  • Training
  • PPE
  • How to respond
  • Personal safety
  • Assess, delegate & contact



Hearing Protection provides an overview of how to safely work in high-noise areas, and what personal protective equipment and monitoring techniques can prevent hearing damage. This DVD discusses the following safety topics:
  • How is sound measured
  • How loud is too loud
  • Rule of thumb
  • Assessing the workplace for hazards
  • Types of hearing protection
  • Don’t fake it
  • Communication



Hydraulic Safety discusses the risks associated with working with hydraulics, and includes the following topics:
  • Controls
  • Case studies
  • Exploding or burst components
  • Burns
  • Controlling a flailing hose
  • Fluid injection into the skin
  • Fires
  • Electrocution
  • Response



Ladder Safety – Working at Heights discusses the risks involved with working on ladders, and covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Types of ladders
  • Prevention
  • Single/straight & extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Fixed ladders
  • Response
  • First aid for falls



Landfill Odors discusses the common sources of odors at landfills and how to know when odors present a safety or public relations issue. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Common sources of landfill odors
  • Active face
  • Green waste area
  • Landfill gas
  • Drainage ditches / ponds
  • Leachate
  • Complaints
  • Solutions
  • Open face issue
  • Areas of inadequate cover
  • Condensate sump & leachate overflow pond
  • Other methods of control
  • Offensive loads
  • Cap cleanout pipes
  • PPE
  • When odors mean business



Leachate Management and Handling covers the basics of leachate and how to properly prevent and manage it. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Potential sources of contact
  • Tipping area
  • Leachate seeps
  • Liner
  • Collection and Recovery System (LCRS)
  • Transmission pipes
  • Evaporation pond
  • Water truck
  • Health risks
  • Safe handling practices
  • First aid



Lightning Safety discusses the risks associated with lightning, and includes the following topics:
  • How lightning works
  • Statistics
  • Risks
  • Examples
  • Prevention
  • Response



Load Checking discusses the safety issues related to checking customer and hauler loads, and covers the following topics:
  • Cursory check & regulations
  • Training
  • PPE
  • Risks
  • Keep potentially hazardous materials out of the landfill



Loader Safety gives an overview of how to safely operate a loader, and covers the following topics:
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Mounting and dismounting
  • Starting the machine
  • Stockpiling
  • Loading trucks
  • Pushing waste
  • Grading
  • Travel
  • Versatility



Lockout/Tag-Out covers the basics related to correctly locking and tagging out equipment when not in use, and covers the following topics:
  • Definition
  • Statistics
  • Industry guidelines
  • Risks
  • Case studies
  • Prevention
  • Types of equipment



Machine Fires discusses the common causes of machine fires and prevention measures to consider. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Causes
  • Prevention
  • Maintenance
  • Lesson your risk
  • Hot loads
  • Scenarios



Machine Maintenance provides an overview of proper machine maintenance, and covers the following topics:
  • Appropriate PPE
  • Walk-around inspection
  • General housekeeping
  • Changing oil and filters
  • Replacing air filters
  • Secure the machine
  • Hydraulic system
  • Burns
  • Pressurized air
  • Tire explosion



Methamphetamine Lab Waste provides an overview of how to safely deal with hazardous lab waste that may enter a landfill, and covers the following topics:
  • What’s it made from
  • Exposure side effects
  • Identifying meth lab waste
  • What to do if you’re exposed
  • Emergency response plan
  • PPE
  • Training



Methane Gas Safety covers the basics of methane gas and safety-related risks. This DVD discusses the following topics:
  • What is it
  • Beneficial use
  • Asphyxiation
  • Fire or explosion
  • Smoking
  • Open flame
  • Electrical switch & appliances
  • Static spark



Natural Disasters provides an overview of various types of natural disasters, and how to prepare your employees and facility. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Types of natural disasters
  • Tornadoes
  • Ice storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Diseases
  • Fires
  • Risks
  • Preparedness



Night-Time Operations discusses the safety risks and issues related to working at night or during times of darkness. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Physical limitations
  • Visibility for workers on the ground
  • Work zone
  • PPE
  • Visibility for machines & vehicles
  • Fatigue
  • Prevention
  • Scenario



Personal Protective Equipment – PPE presents an overview of the various types of personal protective equipment, when to use what equipment, and how to assess the workplace for hazards.
  • Types of PPE
  • Hard hat
  • Goggles/safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask & respirator
  • Hearing protection
  • High visibility clothing
  • Boots
  • Trousers
  • Assessing work areas for hazards
  • Landfill policy



Poisonous Snakes gives an overview of how to work safely in areas with poisonous snakes, and covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Types of poisonous snakes
  • Dealing with poisonous snakes
  • How to avoid snakebites
  • Symptoms of snakebites
  • How to treat snakebites



Preventing Landfill Fires gives an overview of how to safely prevent landfill fires, and covers the following topics:
  • Controlling the waste stream
  • Landfill policies
  • Adjacent property
  • Fireproof machines
  • Proper cover
  • Water supply
  • PPE



Protection from Bees, Wasps & Yellow Jackets offers an overview of how to work safely around stinging insects, and covers the following topics:
  • Where to look for nests
  • When are you at risk
  • What to do if bees hit
  • Identifying allergic reactions
  • Getting rid of them



Pushing to the Face - Stage 1 provides an overview of pushing safely for landfill heavy equipment, and covers the following topics:
  • Pushing near other vehicles and equipment
  • Pushing self-haul loads
  • Pushing packer truck loads
  • Pushing transfer truck loads
  • Pushing behind tippers
  • Identifying types of loads



Pushing to the Face - Stage 2 provides an overview of pushing safely for landfill heavy equipment, and covers the following topics:
  • Push path safety
  • Pushing large loads
  • Pushing up and down hill
  • Safety while building a cell
  • Slope stability



Putting Tools Away discusses the importance of putting tools away after using them, and covers the following topics:
  • Organization in the shop
  • Organization in vehicles
  • Organization at the gatehouse
  • Getting organized
  • Maintaining order



Road Safety for Drivers and Operators provides an overview of road safety for heavy equipment operators and haul truck drivers, and covers the following topics:
  • Fatigue
  • Age
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Excessive speed
  • Poor visibility
  • Reducing risks
  • Driving defensibly



Safe Lifting Procedures gives an overview of how to safely lift heavy objects to avoid injury. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Use of levers
  • Improper & proper lifting techniques
  • When it’s too heavy
  • Injury prevention
  • Response to injury



Scraper Safety provides an overview of how to properly and safely operate a scraper, and covers the following topics:
  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Mounting & dismounting
  • Starting the machine
  • Working around others
  • Excavating soil
  • Transporting soil
  • Safe haul roads
  • Stockpiling soil
  • Working on slopes



Sexual Harassment discusses the issues related to sexual harassment and how to deal with issues in the workplace. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • What it is
  • It’s against the law
  • Types of sexual harassment
  • Hostile environment
  • Third-party sexual harassment
  • Prevention
  • What to do if harassed



Shop Safety covers safety risks and safety measures related to working in a shop setting, and covers the following topics:
  • Chemicals
  • Electrical
  • Fire
  • Mechanical
  • Physical
  • Safety policies
  • Power & hand tools



Slips, Trips and Falls covers potential risk scenarios and discusses the following topics:
  • Recognition of risks
  • Falls from height
  • Uneven ground
  • Mounting & dismounting machines
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Mud, ice & snow
  • Not watching where walking
  • Walking backward
  • Steps, ladders & stairs
  • Hurrying
  • Poor housekeeping
  • Pushing & pulling



Slope Stability – Excavation Slopes discusses the potential risks and issues related to excavating soil from steep slopes. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Risks
  • Machine rollover
  • Steep vertical banks
  • Loose soil
  • Slippery conditions
  • Know your machine
  • Erosion & falling rocks
  • Slope failure
  • Soil type, origin & moisture content
  • Steepness & length of slope
  • Loading
  • Types of slope failure
  • Working safely



Spotter Safety - Communicating with Drivers provides an overview of spotter safety, and specifically deals with issues related to communicating with private and commercial drivers. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Spotter must be visible
  • Eye contact
  • Blind spots
  • Hand signals
  • Courtesy and politeness
  • Communicating with operators



Stopping Distance discusses the potential safety risks related to braking heavy equipment, and covers the following topics:
  • Information & scenarios
  • Road design
  • Slope
  • Drainage
  • Surface & speed
  • Sight distance
  • Bad brakes
  • Payload



The Basics of First Aid provides an overview of basic first aid procedures, and covers the following topics:
  • Training
  • Minor injuries
  • Stocking a first aid kit
  • Major injuries
  • Broken bones/sprains



The Basics of Landfill Safety provides an introductory overview of safety at landfills, and covers the following topics:
  • When Does Safety Start?
  • Speed limits
  • Dust
  • Controlled Access
  • Communication
  • Hotspots
  • Traffic and road safety
  • PPE
  • Heavy Equipment Safety



The Basics of Spotter Safety offers an overview of spotter safety, and covers the following common spotter responsibilities at a landfill:
  • The spotter's job
  • Public relations
  • Law and order
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • PPE



The Hazards of Scavenging provides an overview of the risks involved with scavenging, and presents strategies for dealing with scavenging with both employees and customers. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Three landfill scenarios
  • Understanding & communication
  • Setting an example
  • Safe alternatives



Tire Safety covers the basics of equipment tire safety, and includes the following topics:
  • Risk caused by tire malfunction
  • Flat tire
  • Blowout
  • Improper inflation
  • Tread separation
  • Rim failure or disengagement
  • Tire explosion
  • Real risks
  • Storing tires
  • Tire maintenance



Traffic Safety: Road Design offers an overview how proper road design can ensure traffic safety, and covers the following elements of landfill road design and traffic safety:
  • Communication
  • Organization and layout
  • Unloading area
  • Safe roads
  • Maintenance and speed limits



Trench Safety discusses the potential risks and appropriate safety measures related to working in trenches, and covers the following topics:
  • Before digging
  • Protective systems for trenches
  • Inspecting the trench
  • Working in & near the trench
  • Confined space entry plan and procedures
  • PPE



Water Truck Safety provides an overview of safely operating a water truck, and covers the following topics:
  • Dust control
  • Fire control
  • Moisture conditioning soil
  • Handling leachate
  • Cleanup
  • Composting
  • Driving considerations



Working in Cold Weather - Phase 1 is part one of a series on how to work safely in cold weather. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Cold related fatalities
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Equipment maintenance issues
  • Icy, snowy & cold conditions
  • Slow down
  • Winterize tires
  • Maintain equipment
  • Be cautious



Working in Cold Weather – Phase 2 is part two of a series on how to work safely in cold weather. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Cold related fatalities
  • Protection
  • Frostbite & hypothermia
  • Treatment



Working in Dusty Conditions offers an overview of how to work safely in heavy dust, and covers the following topics:
  • The problem with dust
  • Controlling dust
  • Know your wind
  • Spray water
  • Alternative dust controls
  • Speed limits
  • Build “low-dust” roads



Working in High Winds includes an overview of working safely in windy weather and covers the following topics:
  • Know your site’s wind patterns
  • Preparing for high winds
  • Watch v. warning
  • Danger to equipment
  • Potential risks
  • Danger to employees and customers
  • Trees and power lines
  • Litter
  • Alternative daily cover
  • Increased fire threat



Working in Hot Weather gives an overview of the risks related to working in hot weather, and how to safely deal with the following issues:
  • How hot is too hot
  • Hot weather issues
  • Health issues
  • Sunburn
  • Dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion/stroke
  • Symptoms
  • Hot tools
  • Machine problems
  • Fire danger



Working in Wet Weather includes an overview of working safely in wet weather and covers the following topics:
  • Preventing leachate
  • Controlling surface runoff
  • Sheet flow
  • Erosion
  • Downed power lines
  • Safety at the tipping pad
  • Road safety
  • Equipment safety
  • Keep warm and dry



Working Safely Off the Job discusses general safety risks associated with drug use, health problems, etc. This DVD covers the following topics:
  • Common problems
  • Drugs & alcohol
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Health problems
  • Emotional stress
  • Attitude

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