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Waste industry association releases revised standard

The Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC) − the secretariat for the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) for all industry standards related to equipment technology and operations for wastes and recyclable management (ANSI Z245) − released of the revised standard for safety requirements for mobile equipment used in the collection, transportation and management of waste, recyclable, and repurposed materials.

The ANSI Z245 full committee focused on making manufacturer and user safety a priority. Many important changes and requirements have been added since the 2008 version of this standard, including sections that address ladders, fall protection and battery disconnects.

“This standard provides the best practice for users and operators of equipment used for collecting and managing waste and recyclable materials.” said WASTEC executive vice president Janice Comer Bradley.

Robert Mecchi, the Chairman of WASTEC’s Board of Governors explained the importance of this updated standard, “The WASTEC ANSI Z245 standards program is vital because it advances safety for workers in the solid waste and recycling services industry. It also has helped advance uniformity in things like trucks and containers, allowing producers of such equipment to expand their potential customer base. This particular revised standard is wide sweeping and will help hundreds of thousands hardworking men and women get home safely each night time for dinner with their families.”

This revised standard applies to the construction, reconstruction, modification, care, maintenance, operation, and use of mobile waste or recyclable materials collecting, transportation and compacting equipment. The standard identifies requirements for refuse collecting and compacting equipment mounted on a refuse truck chassis, including rear-loading, front-loading, and side-loading compacting equipment; tilt- frame and hoist-type equipment; grapple loaders; satellite vehicles; waste transfer vehicles; recycling collection vehicles; and mechanized container collecting and lifting equipment.