The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has announced the 2016 application period for the Circle of Safety Excellence has opened. The Circle of Safety Excellence, a member-driven effort to promote and encourage safety in the workplace, brings like-minded companies together to share safety data and best practices for the betterment of their own safety programs and for the industry in general.
“Safety is a core value of the recycling industry,” says Terry Cirone, vice president of safety for ISRI. “The Circle of Safety Excellence shows that ISRI shares a commitment with our members to do all we can for the betterment of safety in the industry.”
Companies interested in membership for the first time can complete the application online, including the submission of company data. Returning members will need to reapply by entering company injury frequency data for the year 2015. All new applicants and returning members must submit their company's information no later than March 1, 2016, to be included in the initial benchmarking reports to be released at ISRI2016, ISRI’s convention and exposition, held April 2-7, in Las Vegas. Those interested in applying should contact Cirone at TerryCirone@isri.org for further instructions on filling out the application.
The ISRI Circle of Safety Excellence is open to all active ISRI members located within the United States who process or consume scrap material and are committed to operating safely. It is designed to bring together those companies willing to share certain specified injury statistical data so they can benchmark their operations with other's in the industry and learn from each other. Membership in the Circle of Safety Excellence is a demonstration of an individual company’s commitment to continuous improvement and the industry’s commitment to the safety of all employees and the communities it serves, ISRI says.
Those companies in the circle must:
- have a safety management program, with certain key elements as defined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in place at all facilities;
- be willing to share injury data on an annual basis and participate in a group benchmarking program; and
- along with ISRI, have a willingness to outreach to others in the industry regarding the promotion of safe practices.
Ninety-seven members were part of the Circle of Safety Excellence in 2015. More information on the circle can be found on the ISRI Safety website.