NWRA releases camera proximity sensor guidelines

The release is part of an industry effort to commit to guidelines that improve safety for workers.

January 21, 2016

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Washington, has released new camera proximity sensor guidelines designed to make waste and recycling haulers aware of the technologies available to help them create a safer work environment. As a result of a year-long effort from NWRA Safety Committee, comprised of leading safety experts from throughout the industry, this set of guidelines provides information on how to incorporate the use of cameras into operations. These guidelines follow the Site Safety Best Practices released in December 2015 and are part of a series of educational and instructional materials being provided to the NWRA’s members and partners. 

“These guidelines, which might be adjusted for company or vehicle specific circumstances, are a tool for haulers to improve on-the-job safety when incorporating camera technologies,” says Sharon H. Kneiss, NWRA president and chief executive officer.

The guidelines are aimed at supporting drivers to make them more aware of their surroundings by increasing visibility and reducing blind spot areas and decreasing the likelihood of an accident, injury or fatality. The complete list of guidelines can be found by at https://wasterecycling.org/our-work/safety.

NWRA says it has made safety its top priority, a pledge shared by its member companies and partners.

The release of this information occurs one week before the NWRA launches a one-week National Safety Stand Down on Backing sponsored by 3rd Eye Cam Powered by AWTI. Running from Jan. 25-29, 2016, the event is a weeklong training and awareness initiative focused around reducing accidents, fatalities and injuries related to truck backing incidents that represents a common challenge for the industry.

NWRA also is being joined by several regional waste and recycling associations and the municipal waste community, which has pledged participation in the Stand Down, including: California Refuse and Recycling Council, the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association, the Washington Refuse and Recycling Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America.

More than 30 independent companies have joined the Stand Down. Companies can still register to participate in the Stand Down by visiting https://wasterecycling.org/events/safety-seminars