SWANA Safety Awards 2018

Silver Spring, MD | SWANA Announces Winners of 2018 Safety Awards. Awardees to be honored at WASTECON® 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 SWANA Safety Awards, selected by SWANA’s Technical Divisions and the SWANA Safety Committee for their excellence in solid waste safety.

Winners were selected at the Technical Division-level, and an Overall Safety Award Winner across all categories was also chosen. The applicants this year consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing accidents and injuries through communication, implementing best practices, training, and accident review.

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SWANA Safety Awards 2018

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018 | SWANA’s safety awards exemplify the solid waste industry’s profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, increased company regulations, and accident review. These safety awards reflect SWANA’s continued commitment to worker safety.



  • All submissions will be considered confidential unless permission to publish signed
  • Data should be from the 2017 calendar year or your fiscal year
  • A limit of no more than 10 pages is suggested, not including the cover page
  • The person who submits the application must be a SWANA member
  • See awards criteria pages for additional information

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018

Winners Announced: June 4, 2018

Awards Presentation: WASTECON® 2018

Five to Stay Alive: Safety Tips

In SWANA’s ongoing campaign to promote safety in the solid waste industry, please note the 5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips below. Please see the link at the bottom of this email for materials you can download and distribute in your organization. Also check out the https://swana.org/safety link for more safety information. Thanks, and be safe!

5 to Stay Alive: Safety Tips
Solid waste collection is the 5th most dangerous job in the United States.

  1. Always wear PPE, especially high visibility vests and/or outerwear
  2. Never use your cell phone while driving the truck or at a disposal facility
  3. Don’t ride on the step if the truck is BACKING or going more than 10mph or 1/5th mile
  4. Always comply with safety belt rules
  5. Don’t exceed the speed limit and don’t rush

Following these rules will help keep you safe!
SWANA wants you to go home to your family every day, safely. In addition to these five important rules, be sure to follow local and federal pre- and post-trip inspection protocols EVERY TIME.