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ISRI to Offer New Hazard Recognition Safety Training as Part of Federal Grant Program

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced the formation of a “Hazard Recognition in Shipping/Receiving and Loading Dock Areas” safety training program. The program is the result of $160,000 in funding ISRI received as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“The offering of a free Hazard Recognition in the Shipping/Receiving and Loading Dock areas training program further emphasizes that safety is a core value for ISRI,” said Scott Wiggins, vice president of EHS for ISRI. “This program is unique in that it is designed specifically for the recycling industry. Every company in the industry, including those who are not ISRI members, should take advantage of this training. We are extremely grateful to OSHA for distinguishing ISRI’s qualifications to deliver high-quality safety training and the importance of hazard recognition in recycling.”

The course is designed for recyclers across all commodities who want employees to learn more about hazard recognition and mitigation in the operations environment. This includes:

  • How to recognize the hazards of and safely work around mobile equipment;
  • The importance of proper PPE;
  • An understanding of the importance of the control of hazardous energy (LOTO);
  • Good housekeeping practices;
  • Fall prevention and working around heights;
  • Safe stacking of materials;
  • Fire safety and prevention strategies;
  • The importance of in-bound materials inspection; and
  • Hazard communication in the workplace.

Each class is approximately 4 hours long and is open to both ISRI members and nonmembers for no cost. Classes will be scheduled starting in January 2020. In addition to the class, the funding includes the development of safety training materials that are offered in English and Spanish.

OSHA’s Harwood Grant Program awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations such as ISRI on a competitive basis. According to OSHA the focus of the program includes providing “training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.”

For additional information, including how to host a class at your facility, please contact ISRI Safety.

Details on all ISRI safety training programs, resources, and news can be found on the ISRI Safety website.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.

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