Upcoming Events
Tue  |  May 1  |  12:00 am
25-Hour Landfill Operator Training
Fri  |  May 4  |  10:00 am
ISOSWO Board Meeting
Thu  |  May 17  |  7:00 am
10-Hour Landfill Operator Training


February 22, 2018
East Central Iowa Safety and Health Conference, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids. 

March 20, 2018
IMWCA Solid Waste Safety Workshop at Ziegler CAT in Altoona. Download the agenda and get registration information here.

April 11-13, 2018
Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference, Coralville.



How the Industry is Working to Keep Landfill Workers Safe
While serious injuries are infrequent, prevention and response plans are still important. Read more at Waste 360.

Bureau of Labor Statistics releases National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016
There were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010. The report ranks solid waste and recycling as one of the occupations with the highest fatal work injury rates. View report.

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)

Heavy Equipment Safety Training (United States Mine Rescue Association)

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.

OSHA Update under Trump Administration

Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment Form (True North)

Roll-off Container Doors-Opening Safely, ISRI

Safety Audit Checklist

Slip Trip & Fall Handbook (IMWCA)

SWANA Safety Resources

SWANA Safety PowerPoint presentation (updated March 2018)

Trade Waste Safety Manual (City of New York)

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