The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced the winners of the 2017 SWANA Safety Awards, selected by SWANA’s technical divisions and the SWANA safety committee for their excellence in solid waste safety.
This year, SWANA expanded its Safety Awards program and selected winners based on SWANA’s seven technical divisions, as well as an overall winner. These companies and local governments have championed safety within the solid waste sector in the United States and Canada and demonstrated
The 2017 SWANA Safety Award Division Winners are:
Collection & Transfer Division
Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program – Biggest Safety Improvement
McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing – Best Safety Innovation
Communication, Education & Marketing Division
Lakeshore Recycling Systems – Biggest Safety Improvement
Landfill Gas & Biogas Division
DTE Biomass Energy – Best Safety Innovation
Landfill Management Division
city of Vancouver – Best Safety Innovation
Sustainable Materials Management Division
Maryland Environmental Services – Biggest Safety Improvement
Hamm Waste Services – Best Safety Innovation
2017 SWANA Safety Award Overall Winner
Hamm Waste Services – “5S Implementation at Hamm Material Recovery Facility”
“It’s a tremendous honor to receive the SWANA Overall Safety Award for our safety systems at the Hamm Material Recovery Facility in Lawrence, Kansas,” says Charlie Sedlock, director at Hamm Waste Services. “Protecting our employee team members is the most important thing we do each day at Hamm.”
The overall award-winning entry detailed the innovative application of the 5S visual system to reduce employee exposure to hazards while also lowering operating costs. Hamm Waste Services provides safe and responsible waste transport, single-steam processing, and disposal services to communities in Kansas,
SWANA says it is a leader in the effort to move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs; this awards program, along with numerous other safety initiatives, including the award-winning Chapter Safety Ambassador Program and the “5 to Stay Alive” campaign, are important steps in that direction.
SWANA would like to thank PRECO, the official sponsor of the SWANA Safety Awards program, for its support.
Awards will be presented to the winners during the ISWA World Congress & WASTECON 2017 Sept. 27, 2017, in Baltimore.
For information on the 2017 SWANA Safety Awards, visit swana.org/safetyawards.