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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.

NWRA Professional Development Series

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.

There is still time to register for NWRA’s Full-Day PDS
being held at the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe and hosted by Action Carting Environmental Service, Inc.

Book your flight and hotel, now.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

In addition to our world class presenters, the event will feature a roundtable discussion of Industry Data to identify how NWRA can continue to improve Safety.

NWRA’s PDS is Free for all that attend. Members and Non-Members. Private and Public industry.

Encourage your network contacts in the Northeast (Teaneck, Newark, NY City, Philly, CT, MA, etc.) to attend by forwarding this email and registration information.

The event is only a 30 minute drive from Newark airport.

2018 NWRA Professional Development Series – Teaneck, NJ

Wed, July 11, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Register On-Line

This event is free and lunch will be provided.

Agenda Timing is Tentative

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Introduction, Opening Remarks, Understanding Safety Culture

  • Anthony Hargis, NWRA Director of Safety
  • 8:45 am – 9:45 am

   A Healthy Focus on Human Capital - Why Post Offer Pre-Hire Functional Capacity Testing?

  • Ben Hoffman MD, MPH at WorkSTEPS EHS.
  • BREAK 9:45 am – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am

OSHA – What You Need To Know – Audit Readiness

  • Daniel Callahan, CSP, Board Certified Safety Professional
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

DOT Compliance 101 – Audit Readiness

  • Tony Cardamone, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Concorde, Inc
  • LUNCH 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  • 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Heat Illness Prevention, Hydration and Recovery in Worker Performance

  • Mark Paulsen, President/Founder, Working Athlete
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

ANSI Z245 - How it impacts our industry

  • Bret Biggers, NWRA Director of Statistics & Standards and ANSI Secretariat
  • BREAK 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Fleet Maintenance – How to use FMCSA’s Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) web portal

  • Anthony Hargis, NWRA Director of Safety
  • 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

How data impacts our industry - Bureau of Labor Statistics Injury, Illness, and Fatality Data

  • Anthony Hargis, NWRA Director of Safety
  • Bret Biggers, NWRA Director of Statistics & Standards and ANSI Secretariat

Round Table Discussion / Closing comments

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.

2018 Safety Stand Down on Backing

This week-long training and awareness effort is focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents which represents a common challenge for the industry. Fatalities caused by backing vehicles continue to be a leading cause of preventable deaths for waste & recycling workers, accounting for nearly 30% of industry worker fatalities in 2015. NHTSA’s extensive research study of 10,092 fatalities of truck crashes involving cars. The study showed that large trucks were at-fault for 87 of 89 backing crash fatalities (98%) involving cars.

Please join NWRA and our partners the week of February 12-16, 2018 in creating a Safer, Smarter, Stronger waste & recycling industry. Members of the waste and recycling industry are asked to join in NWRA’s commitment toward significantly improving safety for the waste and recycling industry by taking part in this effort.

Participation in the stand down means that your company has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to:

  1. Conducting a risk assessment at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing.
  2. Review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements, and then training employees on any changes.
  3. Posting Stand Down materials to the company website, in employee meeting rooms and on social media sites.
  4. Using a series of five editions of Safety Monday to share with employees during the event

Register here to pledge to take part in the week-long Stand Down for safety. Participants will receive a toolkit of resources for the Stand Down upon registration. There will also be a question of the day and safety videos from NWRA’s Safety Director Anthony Hargis posted on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.


Question of The Day: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM EST, click here for instructions. Find us on Twitter and Facebook by typing our handle @wasterecycling.


  • NWRA Safety Stand Down on Backing Survey
  • Click Here to view the Sample Press Release
  • Click Here for instructions on how to participate