As part of on-going efforts to get solid waste workers off the Federal Government’s “Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs” list, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, says it will resume distributing Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) decals to its members, free upon request.
SWANA’s SDTGA program, brought to members in part through a generous sponsorship by Heil Environmental and 3rd Eye—part of the Environmental Solutions Group family, Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a national safety campaign aimed at reminding motorists to drive carefully near waste and recycling collection vehicles. The campaign, initially created by Larry Stone while he served as Safety Director at Rumpke, Cincinnati, Ohio, has resulted in legislation under the same name in nearly a dozen states.
“As the leading association for solid waste professionals in the United States and Canada, SWANA is proud to begin a second year of free SDTGA decal distribution to its members,” says SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman. “Slow Down to Get Around decals are just one way that we can get drivers to pay better attention to our workers and collection vehicles to help reduce the number of accidents and injuries in the industry.”
Biderman adds, “We encourage local governments and haulers to get decals from SWANA to help spread the word about this important worker safety campaign.” SWANA supports efforts at the state, provincial, and local level to enact laws protecting solid waste collection employees.
SWANA plans to continue its award-winning efforts to improve safety in the solid waste industry through the Slow Down to Get Around initiative, its chapter-based Safety Ambassador initiative, and a variety of safety and compliance training workshops and webinars.
For more information on SWANA and its Safety Matters program, visit swana.org/safety.