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  • Recyclers answer the call to take part in safety stand-down day

    Companies dedicated one hour per shift to safety training
  • EPA and Kimberly Clark recognize professional truck drivers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the American Trucking Associations, Kimberly Clark and the entire trucking industry, honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

  • National association hires new director of safety

    National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) president and chief executive officer Sharon H. Kneiss welcomed John Haudenshield, NW&RA’s new director of safety. Haudenshield will work with industry stakeholders to address industry safety issues and to expand the association’s safety program.

    Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of progressive experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he also held senior level safety and risk management positions for Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Unique Industries and Cycle Systems. While with Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Diageo, John was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites, as well as across a direct store delivery sales region.

    Haudenshield has extensive experience with DOT Compliance, Driver Safety, Incident Management and Safety & Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Rubber established as playground safety surface

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) disclosed that it played a significant role in the establishment of standard specifications for loose-fill rubber used in playground surfacing. ISRI members actively participated as part of a taskforce within ASTM’s F08.63 committee on Playground Surfacing Systems to create the Standard Specification for Loose-Fill Rubber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface under and around Playground Equipment (standard designation ASTM F3012).

    “The work of ISRI members and the taskforce in creating this standard specification will lead to safer, more uniform loose-fill rubber playground surfacing products,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “By selecting a surface material that meets the standard, playground operators will have the confidence of knowing exactly what the material is children will be playing on, and that it is safe.”

    As part of the drafting process, the taskforce considered points of view from many stakeholders, including the recycling industry, playground equipment manufacturers, playground operators, concerned parents, government and many others.

    For a summary and full version of F3012, click here.

    Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Florida passes legislation to protect workers

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law legislation aimed at preventing road accidents and fatalities involving waste and recycling workers and vehicles caused by careless drivers.

  • Advantage Metals Recycling awarded for safety standards

    Nine of Advantage Metals Recycling’s (AMR) scrap metal recycling facilities received the 2014 Corporate Safety Award from The Safety Council of the Ozarks, a regional branch of the National Safety Council.