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2020 Safety Award Winners

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SWANA is proud to recognize the winners of the 2020 Safety Awards for their commitment to industry safety.

Best Safety Innovation

City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department

SWANA awarded the City of San Antonio, Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) for the 2019 Best Safety Innovation award. As a department consisting of 725 municipal employees with a constant high-risk exposure serving more than 355,000 households weekly, SWMD was selected by its city manager to fully implement a Safety Management System (SMS) that challenged convention, created synergy, and engaged employees at all levels and functions. These efforts reduced accidents by 47%, and injuries by 50%, with a lost-work day-rate reduction of 28%.

Biggest Safety Improvement

OC Waste & Recycling

OC Waste & Recycling in California launched OC Safety, the County’s first safety management enterprise software tool. Replacing different reporting methods across departments, OC Safety brought all safety-related administration together in a single, automated system for training, safety inspections, near misses, incidents, and injuries. It enabled easy and instantaneous tracking of near misses, incidents, and injuries, providing valuable trend analysis systemwide.

Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority

Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority in New Mexico incorporated a safety incentive program to reduce its worker compensation claims and its premium. This incentive program was designed to create a stronger safety culture and enable employees to maintain a high level of awareness. The result was Estancia Valley SWA’s safety rating going from one of the worst in the State of New Mexico to one of the best.

Honorable Mention

City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services Department and Guahan Waste Control, Inc.

SWANA also recognizes the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services Department of Charlotte, North Carolina and Guahan Waste Control, Inc. of Tamuning, Guam for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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