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Landfill Safety

Safety Tips for the Waste Industry

The Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA) safety initiatives include providing waste industry professionals resources to create positive safety culture in the workplace. Check out their FIVE TO STAY ALIVE tips and printable resources below!

5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips for Landfill Employees
Landfills can be a dangerous place for both workers and customers.

  1. Proper PPE is a MUST!
  2. Are you the right person for the task?
  3. Maintain situational awareness.
  4. Heavy equipment has the right of way.
  5. No Scavenging.

SWANA wants you to go home to your family every day, safely. So, of course, never use a cell phone or text while working at the landfill.

5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips for Material Recovery Facilities
Material recovery facilities can be a dangerous place for both workers and customers.

  1. Follow lockout/tagout always!
  2. Do not walk on conveyors
  3. Beware of heights
  4. Bale Safety — Never stack more than four high or stand near
  5. Maintain a safe distance from moving equipment

SWANA wants you to go home to your family every day, safely. So, of course, never use a cell phone or text while operating machinery or working in a material recovery facility, and always wear proper personal protective equipment. Also, follow all fire prevention rules, and never smoke outside of designated areas.

5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips for Transfer Stations
Transfer stations can be a dangerous place for both workers and customers.

  1. Wear PPE at all times
  2. Know your danger zones
  3. Establish/enforce vehicle separation rules
  4. Good housekeeping is essential
  5. Lock out/tag out always!

SWANA wants you to go home to your family every day, safely. So, of course, never use a cell phone or text while operating machinery or moving around a transfer station, and do not scavenge anything from the waste.

Read the complete list of SWANA’s Safety Initiatives

Evora Group is a proud member of SWANA as well as Iowa’s local chapter ISOSWO – Learn more.


Source: Solid Waste Association of North America (2021) Five to Stay Alive. 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 650, Silver Spring, MD 20910