NWRA and Together for Safer Roads Partner to Expand FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program to Small Haulers

NWRA and Together for Safer Roads Partner to Expand FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program to Small Haulers

Empowering Small Haulers in the Waste and Recycling Industry to Prioritize Safety

New York — This week, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Together for Safer Roads (TSR) are announcing a partnership aimed at extending the FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program to independent haulers within the waste and recycling industry. This collaboration builds on the success of the program in fostering safe and efficient fleet operations, and it represents a significant step toward enhancing safety cultures and achieving Vision Zero goals.

The FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program, TSR’s signature workforce development safety program, helps independent fleet operators develop their safety culture with expertise and best practices drawn from TSR’s diverse group of leading fleets and technology companies. The comprehensive FOCUS program is structured around three key pillars: Training and Development, Safety Leadership and Technology and includes executive coaching and before and after benchmarking. 

Now, TSR, in collaboration with NWRA, seeks to bring this critical training initiative to independent haulers, addressing the unique challenges and needs of this segment within the waste and recycling industry.

Additional Program Highlights:

  • Inclusive Training: The program is designed for independent haulers, acknowledging the unique characteristics of this cohort.
  • Beyond Compliance: Recognizing the time and resource constraints faced by independent and midsize fleets, the program goes beyond mere compliance, offering practical insights and expertise to establish premier fleet safety programs.
  • Saving Lives, Creating Change: With a focus on creating real and sustained changes, the program aims to not only  enhance road safety but to foster positive transformations within participating organizations.

“Small and midsize fleets account for roughly 88% of all commercial fleets on the road,” said Peter Goldwasser, executive director of Together for Safer Roads. “The FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program is a commitment to saving lives and creating safer roads. We are excited to partner with NWRA and to be recognizing the integral role that independent haulers play in the waste and recycling industry.”

“Our partnership with TSR and the expansion of its FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program underscore our dedication to ensuring that every operator, regardless of size, has access to the tools and knowledge needed for a comprehensive fleet safety program,” said Kirk Sander, chief of staff and vice president of safety and standards at NWRA. “We’re not just promoting compliance; we’re fostering a culture of safety that goes above and beyond.”

“Safety isn’t just a priority in the waste and recycling industry; it’s a fundamental necessity,” said Jessica Whitaker, M.S., PHR, co-founder of Qworky. “With years of experience serving this vital sector, Qworky is proud to be working with TSR to implement the FOCUS program to empower independent haulers with the knowledge, resources and support they need to uphold the highest standards of safety.”

NWRA and TSR are in the process of identifying fleets to participate in this new FOCUS cohort. Companies that are interested in participating or learning more are encouraged to reach out.

For more information on the FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program, please visit TSR’s website.

About Together for Safer Roads:
Together for Safer Roads (TSR), is a leading NGO focused on building cross-sector partnerships to improve fleet trucking safety, leveraging the technology, data, and expertise of its members to create innovative programs aimed at preventing traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities across the globe. TSR’s membership includes some of the largest and most influential fleets worldwide, as well as prominent road safety technology companies. TSR collaborates with governments, businesses, and community stakeholders on local projects, fleet safety management, and technology initiatives, with the ultimate goal of achieving Vision Zero. Visit TSR’s website for more information.

About The National Waste & Recycling Association:
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) is the leading voice of the North American waste and recycling industry on advocacy, education and safety. The industry provides essential services that benefit our local communities and businesses by assisting our customers in achieving their environmental and sustainability aspirations.

Association members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and can be found in most, if not all, U.S. congressional districts. Waste and recycling facilities number nearly 18,000 scattered throughout the U.S., mirroring population centers. Our nearly 700 members are a mix of publicly-traded and privately owned local, regional and Fortune 500 national and international companies. NWRA represents approximately 70 percent of the private sector waste and recycling market. Find out more at NWRA’s website.


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