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Best Safety Training Program

The SWANA Best Safety Training Program Award recognizes organizations that have implemented safety training that results in continuous improvement and has employee buy-in. A winning program is dynamic and responsive to hazards, engages workers at all levels, and has objective results.


Applicant must be an organization that collects, processes, recycles, or otherwise disposes municipal solid waste, or designs landfill systems and/or works around their components. The individual submitting the application must be a SWANA member.


Safety Award applications will be reviewed by members of the SWANA Safety Committee. Additional information may be requested verbally or in writing in order to evaluate the application further. The decision of winner(s) by the Committee is final.


Winners will be announced on Thursday, June 29 with the awards ceremony that took place in September at WASTECON® 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Application Questions

  1. What is the primary activity of the applicant organization?
  2. What is the size of the organization?
  3. Please describe the content of the organization’s safety training program. (Limit 750 words)
  4. How frequently do frontline employees and supervisors receive safety training? Describe how safety training for individuals is tracked, including what types of platforms are used (e.g., in-person, online, computer, smartphone). (Limit 250 words)
  5. How was the success of the safety training program evaluated for calendar or fiscal year 2022? Provide your organization’s illness and injury DART and TRC rates if available. If not available, please provide quantitative measures used. (Limit 500 words)
  6. How are workplace hazards identified and controlled? (Limit 250 words)
  7. How are frontline employees involved with the development and evaluation of the safety program? Describe how employee behavior is changed when issues are identified. (Limit 250 words)
  8. What one thing sets your safety program apart from the other potential applicants and why? (Limit 100 words)

OPTIONAL: Upload any supporting data or documentation. (Limit 5 pages)

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