Safety is one of the National Waste and Recycling Association’s top priorities. To further our mission to make our industry safer, NWRA hosts three Safety Stand Downs annually which any company in the industry can participate.
As part of NWRAs mission to move the needle on industry safety, we have launced a series of professional development events taking place throughout the nation. This free, half-day event, brings safety experts to your town as part of NWRAs commitment to moving the needle of safety in the waste and recycling industry. This year's series focuses on safety culture and the top five things that employers need to know about safety and compliance.
Safety Stand Down
To further our mission to make our industry safer, NWRA hosts three targeted Safety Stand Downs annually. Each week-long Safet Stand Down campaign focuses on a seperate safety topic. NWRA provides participating companies from throughout the industry with valuable resources to distribute and use to train employees on the topic. NWRA also works with other organizations, membership associations, government agencies, and local communities to raise awareness throughout the industry about these safety issues during the campaign. One of our most recent Safety Stand Downs highlighted Back to School Safety.
Back To School Safety Standown
August means the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. This time of year, you’ll see more buses and cars on the roadways including parents driving their children to school to teachers and college students heading in to their classes.
Waste and recycling collection workers will be sharing the roadways with these neighbors and will be taking added safety precautions to protect students, teachers and families from harm. Historically, back to school time also means that school zone accidents increase, significantly. NWRA, the Waste and Recycling industry, and our members realize that this increases the chances for collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Approximately 100 children in the United States are killed every year while walking to or from school and another 25,000 children sustain injuries as a result of school zone accidents. Some kids will be walking, riding their bikes or riding a bus to school for the first time in 2016.
NWRA’s Back to School Safety Stand Down will provide information and guidance material to address driver distractions, benchmarked successful practices and operations planning for waste and recycling collectors to improve safety in school zones and bus stops around them. Often times, kids aren’t as well versed about school zone and bus stop safety and traffic laws as adults are. The fact is many adults aren’t clear either. NWRA’s Stand Down will partner with other safety organizations that communicate to youth groups, pedestrians, employers and drivers of all ages to help promote and communicate a shared commitment to safety on the roadways and around school zones and bus stops to protect the communities we serve.
Safety Stand Down Toolkit on Back to School.
- Monday (Enlgish or Spanish)
- Tuesday (English or Spanish)
- Wednesday (English or Spanish)
- Thursday (English or Spanish)
- Friday (English or Spanish)
Risk Assessment and Planning
Keeping your family safe
- Riding the bus
- Stop, Look, Wave Campaign by Volvo