Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, USDOL-OSHA (C), NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith (L) and SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman at the Alliance signing ceremony on Sept. 27, 2019.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a national alliance with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) to protect the safety and health of workers in the solid waste industry.
During the two-year agreement, the Alliance will address transportation hazards, including backovers and distracted driving; slips, trips and falls; musculoskeletal injuries; heat and cold stress; and needle stick and other hazards. Participants plan to develop and share information about preventing and mitigating these hazards through articles, toolkits, fact sheets, exhibits at local and national industry conferences, and discussions at forums and other meetings. Participants will focus their efforts and outreach on small- and medium-sized employers.
Formed in 1962, NWRA represents nearly 700 public and private companies, manufacturers, and service providers in the waste and recycling industry, and provides members with advocacy, education and safety expertise. Formed in 1961, SWANA represents more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through education, advocacy and research.
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.