Heat illness is preventable and can be deadly. Last year alone, at least 30 workers in this country died from heat exposure. Waste and recycling workers working in hot weather are at risk. That is why the National Waste & Recycling Association is sponsoring an industry Stand-Down on Water Rest Shade the week of May 16, 2016. We hope that you will join us. The Stand-Down a week of heightened awareness with a focus on preventing heat-related illness.
NWRA's campaign is joining with OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, begun in 2011, which has reached more than 10.7 million people. All companies that take the pledge committ to holding training sessions and develop other opportunities to work safely in the heat.
We are asking that companies commit to:
- Assess the risk associated with heat exposure.
- Develop a Heat Illness prevention plan that includes:
- Understanding the health effects of heat
- Processes to prevent heat exhaustion
- How to respond to symptoms and illness
- Review and, if needed, update your company's policy for safely working in the
- Let us know your plans for the week.
Companies committing to this effort will be recognized on our website and in our social media. We will be issuing special Safety Monday alerts addressing Water Shade Rest each day that week. In addition, we are developing a Tool Kit for participants' use which will include:
- Instructions on how to participate
- Schedule for the week
- Educational Resources about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. Many of these resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or
- A Heat Index document providing guidance to employers to develop a heat
illness prevention plan.
- A training document including a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to
use in instructing workers on heat illness. There are links to additional resources
in other languages.
- Press release template that can be modified for use by each participants and sample social media content
Register now, at no cost, to take part in this timely stand down!
NWRA, its members and partners in this Stand Down, are committed to safety. This is one of multiple efforts NWRA is leading to move the needle on safety in our industry for our workers and the communities we serve.
Special thanks to our sponsor AWTI!