The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, is recognizing excellence in solid waste safety through its awards program while also expanding the categories being honored this year.
The SWANA Safety Awards program began last year by recognizing winners in two categories: Best Safety Innovation and Biggest Safety Improvement. In 2017, the fields will be expanded to recognize winners from each of SWANA’s seven technical divisions—landfill management, waste to energy, planning and management, sustainable materials management, collection and transfer, communication/education/marketing and landfill gas/biogas. Members of SWANA’s Safety Committee will then choose an overall winner to be awarded as well.
SWANA says its safety awards exemplify the solid waste industry’s commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, increased compliance with applicable regulations and accident investigation and review.
“We are very excited about the expansion of SWANA’s safety awards,” says SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman. “They provide an opportunity for SWANA to recognize the biggest improvements and best safety programs in various lines of business, and to share best practices that other employers in both the public and private sector can use to reduce accidents and injuries involving their operations.”
SWANA says it has a commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs. This awards program, along with other initiatives, such as the Chapter Safety Ambassador Program and “5 to Stay Alive” campaign, are provide information for steps in that direction.
Preco, Boise, Idaho, is the official sponsor of SWANA’s 2017 Safety Awards Program. Preco designs, engineers and manufactures collision mitigation technology optimized for heavy-duty equipment.
“Preco Electronics is actively involved and committed to improving safety practices across the world’s waste and recycling industry,” says Greg Spiropulos, waste safety leader at Preco. “Our sponsorship of SWANA’s annual safety awards allows us to recognize those that are implementing best practices. Preco believes that by continually showcasing best practices the industry will ultimately reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.”
Award submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2017, and winners will be announced June 15, 2017. SWANA will present the awards to the winners at the ISWA World Congress/WASTECON 2017, Sept. 25 to 27, in Baltimore.
For information on Awards eligibility and criteria, please visit https://swana.org/Awards/SafetyAwards.aspx.