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Proper PPE: Safety University

Safety Video of the Month: Proper PPE for the Waste Management Industry

Proper PPE

Personal Protective Equipment or PPE is what we use to protect us from the hazards we may encounter in our work. It is important that you wear the proper PPE for the job you are performing and knowing how to wear it properly.

PPE will no protect you if you do not wear it…you MUST wear it! The video below highlights the proper PPE needed for each specific waste management task.


Heat Stress – Protecting Workers

Safety University Topic of the Month: Protecting Workers from Heat Stress


The summer heat is great for lounging around at the beach or taking a dip in the pool, but in some cases prolonged exposure to heat can cause illness and death. OSHA tell us of certain precautions that can be taken any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work.


Rear End Collisions and Stopping Distance

rear end collisions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of collision that occurs on U.S. roads, making up 29 percent of all accidents. By practicing these simple tips, it will greatly reduce the risk of having a rear end accident.


Be Aware Of Surroundings: Safety University

In a business like ours, there are a lot of moving parts and we use some pretty heavy duty equipment. So operating safely while at work is paramount to our operation. One tip to keep everyone safe is to ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings while on the job.

The following video will highlight the top 5 things all employees need to do on the job to ensure they are aware at all times.

be aware of surroundings
  1. Never assume that the other person see’s you (seek eye contact, beep your air horn, flash your lights, etc. make sure they see you).
  2. Never walk too closely to equipment. Leave at least 15 feet between yourself and the equipment.
  3. Always wear your PPE to make sure you are seen
  4. Be aware of other drivers and trucks in the area
  5. Don’t be distracted. You should never be on your cell phone or walking with your head down in high traffic areas.

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings to avoid incident. Remember safety is no accident. Want more industry tips? Check out the NWRA’s safety stand down page.

For more safety tips check out our Safety University for more training videos and safety tips.

Front Line Manager Safety Training

Earlier this month we invited our front line Managers to attend our first Front Line Manager Training session. Here we had a meaningful discussion on Safety here at Action.

The discussion was lead by Ross Sandler, a Law Professor at NewYork Law School. Ross also has had a very successful career as a Safety Consultant for Con-Ed and worked as the Department of Transportation Commissioner under Mayor Edward Koch.

Ross talked about topics that managers must remember in order to run a safe and efficient team in the workplace. In safety, the overall concept is to never stop  training. While following the key topics remember that they can always be adjusted to your specific team. Not every team runs the same but working with your employees as well will let them know you trust them in the workplace.

Here at IWS/Action we like to keep a record of how safe our employees are. So managers and employees can track how there is progress in the workplace and separate us from other companies in the waste industry.

5 Important Safety Topics

  1. Safety Culture
  2. Cooperative Effort
  3. Effective Communication
  4. Follow Through
  5. Practical Drift