Upcoming Events
Fri  |  December 1  |  10:00 am
December Board Meeting
Wed  |  December 6  |  7:00 am
Appliance Demanufacturing Training
Thu  |  December 14  |  7:00 am
10-Hour Landfill Operator Training




Hawkeye on Safety
Registration is now open for Hawkeye on Safety 2017! We hope that you'll join us. This year's Hawkeye on Safety conference will be held on September 20 in the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Based on your feedback, we plan to include sessions on topics like silica, safety culture, soft tissue injuries, fall protection, women in construction, ladder safety and inspection, electrical safety assessments, and work comp legal updates, in addition to our traditional OSHA Updates session.

You can register now using the Center for Conferences website, or by calling the Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141. Head to hawkeyeonsafety.com for more information, including photos of our previous events.

2017 One Day Safety University, October 24
Registration is now open for the 2017 One Day Safety University, October 24 at Ankeny Fire Station #1. Since seating is limited to 75 attendees, register early for this free training.

This year’s lineup features sessions from FirstNet, IMWCA’s online learning system, and Iowa OSHA with an update on current topics. You’ll hear from members who have rejuvenated their safety culture and a presentation on human resources tools to help contain workers’ compensation costs. There’s also presentation on Operation Lifesaver, a national highway-rail grade crossing program by Mike Rainer from SHIELD and an appearance by the ever-popular Seatbelt Convincer! Hope to see you on October 24!

Register now, as space is limited. For more information contact your loss control representative or at losscontrol@iowaleague.org or call at (515) 244-2708.



Meeting Agenda

SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassador Meeting Minutes from WASTECON

WASTECON Safety Meeting Attendees

WASTECON Meeting Action Items:

1. Small hauler outreach
The need to reach out to small haulers in order to improve overall industry safety was a major discussion point.

  • First, SWANA International and/or the Chapters would like to explore the development of safety awards that would be aimed at small haulers. If anyone is interested in being part of a committee on that topic, please contact Jesse Maxwell (jmaxwell@swana.org).
  • Second, some people are already reaching out to small haulers, and SWANA has asked that any of those materials also be shared with the Ambassadors as a whole for their use. This can be done by sending the materials to Jesse Maxwell (jmaxwell@swana.org). We would also appreciate receiving the names of your contacts at these haulers.

2. Develop safety best practices
Although several new resources are available through SWANA.org/safety (Backing Best Practices, Five to Stay Alive), two areas were discussed as high priority: 1) manual rear loader safety 2) preventing strains/sprains. The Ambassadors would like to develop best management practices for both of these topics. Anyone interested in being part of a committee to develop one or both should contact Jesse Maxwell (jmaxwell@swana.org).

3. Incident review forms/process
One item on the agenda was a discussion of incident reviews and how they are handled. A request has been made for Ambassadors to send incident review forms and processes from their own organizations and others in their Chapter. These materials will then be shared with the Ambassadors and through the Safety Matters website. Any materials should be sent to Jesse Maxwell (jmaxwell@swana.org).

4. Use Open Forum to share safety info
Ambassadors are encouraged to share any valuable safety information they have with the membership as a whole. One easy way to do this is to post in the Open Forum on MySWANA.org. All members have access to this Forum, and it is a great way to distribute information or strike up a conversation on a topic.

5. Develop Chapter-level safety programs
As a safety ambassador, you serve as a leader in your Chapter on safety issues. As part of that role, you are asked to ensure that safety is included in your Chapter’s events. This can be accomplished by giving a presentation, inviting other to speak on safety at your events, or even developing a stand-alone Safety Summit for your Chapter. Please work with your Chapter leadership and members to develop some safety-focused programming within the next 6 months. SWANA International can help provide support for these efforts, and can also help advertise them.

6. 2017 Safety Summit at SWANApalooza
Reminder that because WASTECON® 2017 will be combined with the ISWA World Congress, the annual Safety Summit that normally occurs at WASTECON will instead take place at SWANApalooza in Reno, Nevada, March 27 – 30.

7. Natural Gas Vehicle Safety
If you have not already done so, please download the SWANA/NGVAmerica white paper on natural gas vehicle safety available on SWANA.org/safety. Please distribute to members of the Chapter and those involved in collection with whom you interact.



SWANA Releases 2015-2016 Industry Fatality Data
At least 98 fatalities directly related to municipal solid waste (MSW) collection, processing and disposal occurred in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, according to data collected by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and released for the first time. Read more.

OSHA Fines Increase August 1, 2016
On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an interim new rule increasing fines to keep up with inflation. This includes fines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA will increase maximum penalties by 78% to make up for decades without change.

Serious violations will cost employers up to $12,471, and the maximum fine for a willful or repeat violation will rise from $70,000 to $124,710. Penalties will be updated annually in line with the Consumer Price Index, but are limited to no more than 150% of the existing penalty amount at the last increase.

The new rules will affect penalties issued after August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. Comments on the interim new rule will be accepted until August 15, 2016.

The “catch-up” increase this year, and annual reevaluation of the penalty amounts, is required as a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which was signed into law November 2, 2015.


Slow Down to Get Around
On April 20, 2017 new legislation was signed into law that will protect workers in the waste and recycling industry. HF314, Iowa's version of the Slow Down to Get Around law requires motorists to slow down or move out of their way or face penalties. Iowa is one of sixteen states to enact this vital legislation, commonly referred to as Slow Down to Get Around, which is designed to protect waste and recycling workers.

The law went into effect on July 1 and requires motorists to slow down, safely change lanes if possible and operate with due caution around waste and recycling trucks when safety lights are flashing, similar to cautions motorists must now exercise when traveling through a construction work zone or when passing a stopped public safety vehicle.

Please join ISOSWO’S efforts to educate the public on this new law that protects our workers and let us know how many FREE stickers you want for your waste and recycling trucks by September 19, 2017. Please contact Brian Seals, bseals@wastecom.com or 563-388-1447.



Accident Analysis and Investigation Form

Accident Investigation

Construction Industry OSHA Compliance Guide

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA Accident Form

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA Safety Plan

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA Medical Emergency Action Plan

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA New Employee Safety Briefing

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA Draft Boot Policy

Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA Scissor Lift SOP

City of Cedar Rapids Workforce Stretching Poster, Marilyn Fitzgerald

City of Cedar Rapids Range of Motion & Stretching Exercises, Marilyn Fitzgerald

Equipment Operator Training

Hand Injury Safety, National Precast Concrete Association. 

Hazard Recognition in Recycling (Free safety training classes from ISRI)

IMWCA Safety Resources

Lithium-ion Batteries: How Safe Are They?

Motor Vehicle Enforcement (MVE) FAQs at CRLCSWA January 2017

OSHA Guide for Small Entities that deal with silica dust in the construction industry.  This document contains good information for many solid waste facilities, especially those that tackle small construction projects with in house staff.

Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment Form (True North)

Roll-off Container Doors-Opening Safely, ISRI

Slip Trip & Fall Handbook (IMWCA)

SWANA Safety Resources

WorkSAFE Heavy Machinery Operator Safety Rules

Waste Commision of Scott County Safety Policy (Slides)


Fall Prevention-Three points

 Slips, Trips & Falls-The fatal half inch