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Circle of Safety Excellence™ Provides Members with Important
Data and Expands into Canada

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In 2017, 92 ISRI members joined the Circle of Safety Excellence™ (COSE) program, including 15 new members. COSE was also opened to Canadian members of ISRI in 2017. In addition, COSE leaders developed a near-miss reporting form so COSE members could share information on such incidents in their operations immediately with other COSE members.   


Safety Stand-Down Day Provides Nationwide Awareness
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ISRI held its annual Safety Stand-Down Day on June 14 with ISRI members at more than 125 facilities and 2,500 employees actively participating. In 2017, ISRI partnered with OSHA’s Safe and Sound Campaign as part of the Stand-Down Day initiative, which encouraged ISRI members to consider undertaking at least one activity on each of the three core elements of a successful safety and health program: management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing workplace hazards. Participating facilities received a special certificate, and their companies were recognized on the ISRI-OSHA Alliance Web page. ISRI’s 2018 Safety Stand-Down Day is planned for June 13.


ISRI Safety and Environmental Council Brings Safety
Professionals Together

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ISEC conferences attracted more than 100 safety professionals from the ISRI membership in 2017. ISEC held its spring conference in May in Salt Lake City, and included a tour of Metro Group’s facility. ISEC held its fall conference in October in Jacksonville, and included a tour of Gerdau’s steel mill and Trademark Metal Recycling’s shredder operation. Presentations and discussion topics at both ISEC events touched on goals and standards, transportation safety, source control, radiation concerns, and spill prevention control and countermeasure plans. 


ISRI Partners with FMCSA’s Our Roads Safety Program
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In 2017, ISRI became a partner with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as part of the Our Roads Our Safety program. In that program, FMCSA collaborates with public- and private-sector entities to make available education and training resources to drivers of passenger and commercial motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians on how to safely co-exist on U.S. highways. As a FMCSA partner, ISRI has a voice in regards to the type of content (educational/media) that will be disseminated to the general public, and it will provide ISRI an opportunity to foster a closer relationship with the FMCSA and other transportation industry stakeholders.

This program gives ISRI members’ real-time access to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crash statistics and outreach materials such as tips for CMV drivers, tips for driving safety around CMV’s, and tips for bicyclists and pedestrians. Also various types of social media are available for ISRI Members include graphics, post cards, tips sheets, videos, and radio spot announcements. This information can be used for training drivers, management, and other frontline employees.


ISRI Revises Safety Blueprint 
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ISRI Safety launched a revised Blueprint in 2017 that provides more of a safety culture assessment for recycling operations. The Blueprint process now involves a scoring system that provides a facility’s management with a definite metric for each safety culture element reviewed at the facility. Additionally, unlike past practices, the blueprint and the element scores can now be left at each facility so the member can do a self-review every year and track safety program improvements.


ISRI Awarded 2nd OSHA Grant focused on Machine Guarding 
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ISRI secured a $50,000 grant through OSHA’s Susan Harwood grant program to develop a comprehensive machine guarding program specific to the needs of the recycling industry in 2018. Program tools will include a video, presentations, fact sheets, and checklists for members to use at their facilities. This is the second consecutive year that ISRI has secured a Susan Harwood grant.


New Safety Services & Resources Rolled Out 
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ISRI developed a number of new safety services in 2017, including: a DOT Self-audit checklist; a powered industrial vehicle operator safety class; and a hazard recognition in recycling class.

DOT Self-Audit Checklist. The DOT Self-Audit Checklist template provides members with a step-by-step approach to review their DOT programs for compliance with federal regulations, and it can be used as a teaching aid as well to assist in meeting compliance requirements. 

Powered Industrial Vehicle Operator Safety Train-the-Trainer. The Powered Industrial Vehicle Operator Safety Train-the-Trainer class provides training in a one-day classroom and hands-on environment. The program is designed to empower and create trainers in ISRI member companies who can then continue educating employees on powered industrial vehicle safety. This course covers forklifts, skid-steers, and wheel loaders, or any combination of those three.

Hazard Recognition in Recycling Program. The ISRI Hazard Recognition in Recycling training class covers how to do a PPE hazard assessment, how to recognize the hazards of and safely work around mobile equipment, why proper PPE is important, how to recognize fire hazards, and why it’s important to implement good housekeeping practices, control hazardous energy (lock-out/tag-out), and maintain hazard communication programs.



Our Mission | ISRI is the voice of the recycling industry, promoting safe, economically sustainable and environmentally
responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education.

 

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