Solid Waste Association Receives Grant from OSHA

Silver Spring, MD - The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has been notified that it is the recipient of a $237,277 grant from OSHA and its Susan Harwood "Institutional Competency Building" Grant program.

SWANA will use the grant to develop training materials to educate municipal solid waste workers and employers on the safety measures that will provide protection from the hazards associated with solid waste services and facilities. Four new training courses will be created or updated on health and safety protocols in collection, operations and transfer stations, recycling facilities and landfills.

"We are pleased to be the recipient of this grant and proud of the confidence that OSHA has placed in SWANA to be able to deliver meaningful training for professionals in our industry," commented SWANA's Executive Director and CEO, John Skinner, Ph.D.

Safety concerns include the health and welfare of the solid waste workers, as well as lost-time accidents, rising workers compensation costs, injury and property claims and law suits. These concerns will be addressed through SWANA's training courses. The training courses are intended for solid waste personnel-including managers, supervisors and employees.