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Advocacy Agenda: Workforce Safety Initiatives


ISRI is dedicated to the idea that our workers are our most precious commodities. It is for this reason that ISRI continually looks for opportunities to strengthen its workplace safety initiatives using all possible avenues, including partnerships and resources available through the U.S. government. We believe that continuation of these types of cooperative programs between OSHA and industry help to drive safe operating practices and enhance safety awareness and culture throughout the regulated community. To that end, ISRI supports continuation of:

  • The OSHA Alliance Cooperative Program.
    ISRI became a partner in the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Alliance cooperative program in the fall of 2015. The goals of the program are to (1) provide ISRI's members and others with information, guidance, training, and other resources to protect the health and safety of workers within the scrap recycling industry and (2) promote understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under OSHA guidelines. 

  • Lithium Battery Management.
    ISRI will continue to monitor the impact of lithium battery inputs into the recycling process. In addition to working with other trade associations and non-governmental entities, e.g., the International Code Council (International Fire Code), we will continue to monitor regulatory responses to lithium battery events. Prevention and mitigation of lithium battery fires will continue to be a priority as well as development of response protocols.

  • Road to Zero (zero roadway deaths by 2050).
    ISRI has recently joined the National Safety Council’s Road to Zero program and is actively participating with several transportation -related stakeholders in addressing the distracted driver problem in the US.

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