The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) has produced Spanish versions its Be Safe, Be Proud series of four safety-training videos, and is making them available to garbage companies and local governments. The Spanish versions will help those companies and governments with Spanish-speaking employees reduce their accidents and injuries.
The series of videos include Be Safe, Be Proud; Be Safe, Be Proud - At the Landfill; Be Safe, Be Proud - At the Transfer Station; and Be Safe, Be Proud for Supervisors and Route Managers. The 18-20 minute videos feature actual solid waste employees in real workplace hazard situations faced by drivers and helpers on collection routes or by workers at landfills and transfer stations. They help users reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
"In any and every language, making safety a top priority helps reduce fatalities, injuries, and accidents," said David Biderman, NSWMA's General Counsel and safety director. He added, "NSWMA continues to work hard to improve safety in the solid waste industry, and our Be Safe, Be Proud videos are an important component of that effort."
The videos were developed under a grant awarded by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
NSWMA promotes industry safety as a core value. Solid waste collection, processing and disposal are potentially dangerous activities, if they are not performed by workers who are properly trained and operating equipment that is not properly maintained. In addition to these videos, NSWMA offers a weekly newsletter, other training materials and a public-education program to help employers and employees reduce fatalities, injuries and accidents. These efforts have had a positive impact: The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the fatality rate for collectors of trash/recyclables substantially decreased in 2007 from 2006.
Order forms are available at www.nswma.org www.nswma.org or by calling the NSWMA Publications Department at 800-424-2869.