COVID-19 Resiliency

Coronavirus image by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

SWANA’s COVID-19 Resiliency award has been created to recognize organization’s that have adapted to working during the pandemic with a focus on utilizing the hierarchy of controls to protect employees, contractors, and customers. Efforts to increase worker vaccination and to ensure continuity of service will also be considered.



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 Tuesday, September 6. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at WASTECON® 2022 in San Diego, California, in December.

Application Questions

  1. What is the primary activity of the applicant organization?
  2. Please describe how your organization’s COVID-19 response plan utilizes the hierarchy of controls to protect employees, contractors, and customers. The hierarchy prioritizes controls in the following order from most to least effective: elimination/substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls and safe work practices, and PPE. (Limit 750 words) More info on hierarchy of controls for COVID-19 OSHA | CCOHS
  3. Please describe efforts taken to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among employees along with the measured results, if available. (Limit 500 words)
  4. Please describe organizational plans to ensure service is provided in case of worker shortages. If plans have been implemented, please provide information on the results. Examples include bringing in temporary workers, prioritization of specific services, communication efforts to customers, etc. (Limit 500 words)

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


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