Protecting the health and welfare of working people is important to preserving an economy that works for everyone. It was with this in mind that in 1970, Congress drastically expanded the responsibility of the Department of Labor by establishing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. This bureau would go on to elevate labor standards that had grown insufficient due to the rapid expansion of industry, technology, and the size of the workforce in the wake of World War II.
When someone considers working in the recycling industry, they usually don’t consider the hazards involved in the career. Additionally, the managers and decision makers at a recycling facility might not be aware of the safety hazards their workers face day in and day out. It’s important that everyone in the recycling industry is fully aware of safety risks, how they can prevent accidents, and how to keep themselves safe. While building awareness sounds simple enough, it’s your responsibility as the facility manager to execute a training plan to ensure everyone is aware of the risks. However, you can’t build a training plan if you don’t know what the risks are to begin with. Our experts put together a guide discussing the safety risks faced by recycling workers for your reference. Read on to learn more.
Safety in Scrap
At the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries safety is a core value and it is a message that we want everyone to hear. It consists mainly of representatives from companies who do business with the scrap recycling industry as well as those from individual scrap recycling companies. Among them are ways to enhance the ISRI national convention experience, develop guidelines for exhibitor etiquette, and find opportunities to increase safety awareness and to share safety advancements with the ISRI membership at large. (more…)
June 2-6, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is leading a National Safety Stand-Down.
Falls kill – they are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls. This week, June 2-6, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is leading a National Safety Stand-Down to give employers across the country the opportunity to talk to their workers about construction fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention.