Washington, DC – Today, 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) - announced the release 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 a great deal 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. “The revision has upgraded drawings, an improved format that will be easier for readers to navigate, and new requirements for trucks and equipment safety.”

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. I salute the committee and staff, who were instrumental in this revision."

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.

This recently approved standard (ANSI Z245.1, Mobile Wastes and Recyclable Materials Collection, Transportation, and Compaction Equipment - Safety Requirements – 2012) can be purchased by visiting the online store of the Environmental Industry Associations.

For detailed information on the Z245 standards committees, visit here.