SWANA officially launches Safety Matters, a weekly safety newsletter that will contain useful information for SWANA members and others in their solid waste companies and agencies. The goal and purpose of Safety Matters is to make relevant safety guidance easily accessible to front-line employees and workers at all levels. SWANA encourages members to use it at safety meetings and toolbox talks to remind workers of safety hazards associated with solid waste management and how to avoid them.

“SWANA is proud to provide this important new addition to our growing menu of safety resources and member services,” stated David Biderman, SWANA Executive Director & CEO. “Our Safety Matters newsletter will be a powerful tool that will help haulers, disposal facilities, and municipal agencies in the United States and Canada reduce accidents and injuries.”

“Solid waste collection workers are ranked as the sixth most dangerous occupation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, based on the frequency of fatalities within the industry,” said Suzanne Sturgeon, Health & Safety Manager at SCS Engineers and SWANA Safety Committee Chair. “Considering this, we are fortunate to have this new resource to highlight the importance of safety and help to raise the profile of safety amongst our colleagues. I provide a monthly message to our employees and intend to use Safety Matters as a jumping off point for discussions and new training opportunities.”

The timely launch of Safety Matters occurs the same week as SWANA’s virtual Safety Summit on February 25. This half-day event will bring together safety leaders from Waste Management, Republic, Waste Connections, Rumpke, Caterpillar, and more to provide attendees with useful information on how to reduce collisions, injuries, and accidents. The Safety Summit will also include industry data on 2020 fatalities and discussion of the pandemic response, vaccines, and what lessons can be applied.

“This is an important week for SWANA safety, with the launch of Safety Matters and the virtual Safety Summit,” said Jesse Maxwell, SWANA Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager. “SWANA is proud to provide consistent and timely safety messaging to all segments of the industry.”

For more information, visit https://swana.org/initiatives/safety.