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This month's Safety focus is Ergonomics, which is the science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker. A workplace ergonomics improvement process removes risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries and allows for improved performance and productivity.



This month's Safety focus is Hot Work. This covers any process that can be a source of ignition when flammable material is present or can be a fire hazard regardless of the presence of flammable material in the workplace. Common Hot Work processes are welding, soldering, cutting and brazing.


Stopping Distance 




Towing & Pulling Safely


Heat Stress

  • Landfill of North Iowa: Heat Stress Presentation
  • Waste Commission of Scott County: Toolbox Talk, Educational Poster, and OSHA Quick Card
  • Iowa State University: Heat Stress in the Workplace

Lockout Tagout

  • Waste Commission of Scott County: Lockout Tagout Program, Toolbox Talk and Educational Poster
  • Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA: Lockout Tagout Program and Quiz

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and Personal Protective Equipment

Waste Commission of Scott County: JSA & PPE Program, Toolbox Talk and Educational Poster

Fall Prevention

  • Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA: Fall Prevention Booklet and Recognizing & Preventing Physical Hazards Training
  • Waste Commission of Scott County: Educational Poster and Toolbox Talk 

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Waste Commission of Scott County: Exposure Control Plan and Standard Operating Procedures, 10-Minute Training, and Educational Poster.
  • Metro Waste Authority's Program Overview. 
  • Cedar Rapids Linn County SWA: Exposure Control Plan and Hepatitis B Vaccination Form

Stormwater Pollution: Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan / Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures


WASTECON, October 21-24, 2019, Phoenix, AZ. For more information, visit the website.


SWANA has developed a Hauler Safety Toolkit, which is available on the SWANA website. Feel free to use these tools and share with any haulers you work with. 

Please take the SWANA Safety Pledge. Names of those who take the pledge will eventually be listed on the website. 

SWANA is a proud 2018 Safe + Sound Campaign Supporter through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Campaign is an initiative that aims to encourage every workplace in the United States to have a safety and health program that includes management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards.

SWANA has announced its 2018 Safety Award winners. These awards reflect SWANA's continued commitment to worker safet

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.