SWANA Safety Awards

Charlie Sedlock and David Biderman Charlie Sedlock (L) of Hamm Waste Services accepts the Overall Safety Award and Sustainable Materials Management Best Innovation Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (R).
John Sliwicki and David Biderman John Sliwicki (L) of Lakeshore Recycling Service accepts the Communication, Education and Marketing Biggest Improvement Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (R).
Dennis Batts and David Biderman Dennis Batts (L) of Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program accepts the Collection and Transfer Biggest Improvement Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (R).
Mark Hill and David Biderman Mark Hill (L) of DTE Biomass Energy accepts the Landfill Gas and Biogas Best Innovation Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (R).
Tim Brownell and David Biderman Tim Brownell (R) of Maryland Environmental Service accepts the Sustainable Materials Management Biggest Improvement Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (L).
Bryan Dodds and David Biderman Bryan Dodds (R) of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing accepts the Collection and Transfer Best Innovation Award from SWANA CEO David Biderman (L).
Tom Parker and David Biderman Tom Parker (L) of CH2M and Safety Committee Chair announces the 2017 Safety Award Winners as SWANA CEO David Biderman (R) presents the awards.

Congratulations to the winners of SWANA’S 2017 Safety Awards, presented on September 27, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland at ISWA’s World Congress & WASTECON® 2017. Submissions are not yet open for the 2018 awards, which will be presented at WASTECON 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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5 to Stay Alive

Five to Stay Alive safety tips are specialized for workers based on job function and location. These materials are meant to provide basic information to help reduce accidents and injuries. Each package contains a printable PDF in letter and poster size, and are available in English and Spanish. Find tips for Composting Operations, MRFs, Transfer Stations, Landfills, Collection Employees, and Waste-to-Energy Operations.

Chapter Safety Ambassadors

SWANA Safety Ambassadors serve as safety leaders in all 45 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. They organize and speak at chapter events about how to reduce accidents and injuries, and are the go-to person for safety resources within their region.

The Chapter Safety Ambassador program is sponsored by 3rd Eye.

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Natural Gas Vehicle Safety

SWANA, along with NGVAmerica, is proud to promote natural gas vehicle (NGV) safety initiatives to increase the commitment to workplace safety throughout the solid-waste industry and continue to keep these clean and affordable vehicles safely on the road.

Here you will find a whitepaper providing basic NGV knowledge and safety practices, and also a new fuel systems inspection guidance document.

Needlestick Survey

SWANA and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) are conducting a joint research project to quantify and address the issue of needlestick injuries at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the United States and Canada.

The objectives of the survey are to inventory observances of needles and syringes in MRF waste streams in the U.S. and Canada and document the extent of needle-related incidences (both those that resulted in no injuries and those that did).

Results will be aggregated in a form that keeps the identity of individual facilities private. To take the survey, interested parties can access the project webpage here.

Slow Down to Get Around Sticker Distribution

New for 2017—Get up to 20 SDTGA Decals FREE!

Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. SWANA provides the Slow Down to Get Around Decals to SWANA members per request at no charge, sponsored by Heil Environmental and 3rd Eye, part of the Environmental Solutions Group family.

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Seventeen states have now passed Slow Down to Get Around legislation, including New York, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Iowa, New Jersey, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

SWANA Safety Summit

SWANA’s annual Safety Summit is a curated program track that focuses solely on all aspects of solid waste safety, including garbage truck safety, safe practices in landfills and transfer stations, and more. Speakers talk about their experiences with enforcing rules and regulations with everything from OSHA to fires.

SWANA’s 2018 Safety Summit will take place at WASTECON® in Nashville, Tennessee in August 2018.

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Backing Best Management Practices Guide

According to industry and OSHA data, backing represents approximately 25% of all injuries and accidents in the solid waste collection industry. Use our poster and guide covering the industry’s best backing practices to educate employees to stay safe on the job.

LinkedIn Group: Solid Waste Safety

Click here to access the Solid Waste Safety LinkedIn Group, moderated by SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman.

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Safety Matters Column

The “Safety Matters” column is part of the monthly members-only “I Am SWANA” eNewsletter. To receive this valuable monthly eNewsletter right to your inbox, join SWANA now!

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SWANA Safety in the News

Safety Monday

Safety Monday is a member-only weekly, one-page safety newsletter distributed by SWANA in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA).

Members can access the complete archive of Safety Monday on the Open Forum library. You will need to log in with your member account to access.

Solid Waste Safety Events


The 4th NYC Waste & Recycling Safety Symposium
Queens, New York
April 11, 2018
More Details to Come

Future Fleet Forum 2018
Guildhall, City of London
City of London Corporation Offices, City of London
January 24 – 25, 2018
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Maryland Safety and Compliance Workshop
SWANA Training@HQ — Silver Spring, MD
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 8:30 – Noon
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NYC 2017 Vision Zero Fleets Safety Forum
Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
November 14, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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The 3rd NYC Waste & Recycling Safety Symposium
100 Church Street, NY, NY 10007
October 24, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.
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Data Insights Can Help Uncover Causes of Incidents in Waste
Gary Johnson, Director, Risk and Compliance Management, Lytx
SWANA Webinar
October 25, 2017 | 1:45 PM ET
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Lithium Batteries: Proper Disposal and Management Webinar
Hosted by NWRA
September 14, 2017 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
SWANA members attend free, email jmaxwell@swana.org for registration information
Non-Members Click Here to Register >>

2017 Fall Back To School Safety Stand Down
July 31 – August 4, 2017
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Arizona Chapter General Membership Meeting and Safety Training
Stonebridge Golf Course
1601 Bluff Top Dr.,
Prescott Valley, AZ
June 2, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) Annual Safety Stand-Down Day
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Keystone PA Chapter Safety Summit
800 East Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA
June 28, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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