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Entry Period for ReMA 2020 Safety Awards is Now Open

Recognizing and rewarding the recycling industry’s best in demonstrating core safety values

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced today that the entry period for both the 2020 Transportation Safety Awards and the Circle of Safety Excellence™ (COSE) Occupational Awards is open. The Transportation Awards, sponsored by the RecycleGuard® Insurance Program, is now its eighth year, recognizes those with a superior record of safety in the field of transportation. The COSE Occupational Awards recognize COSE member companies for outstanding commitment to the safety of their employees by instilling core safety values and exhibiting continuous improvement in safety programs and worker incident reduction.

“It takes a commitment by all to ensure fleet safety and workplace safety,” said Commodor Hall, ISRI’s transportation safety director. “Both of these awards recognize ReMA members who instill a continuous positive safety culture and a safe transportation program.

The Transportation Safety Awards include:

The Best Fleet Awards will be presented to the ReMA member with the lowest vehicle crash rate for the 2019 calendar year in each of four classes, determined by vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

The Pacesetter Awards will be granted to the ReMA member with the lowest 36-month combined crash rate in each of the four classes, determined by VMT.

The Driver of the Year Award will be awarded to the commercial vehicle driver with the best 20-year driving record. The winner will receive $500, trophy, leather jacket, and a trip to ISRI2020.

The ISRI Golden Wrench Award will be given to the best commercial vehicle maintenance technician or manager who exhibits outstanding efforts, achievements, and contributions to ensure that commercial vehicles are safe on the road. The winner will receive a trophy and a trip to ISRI2020.

COSE is an initiative offered by ReMA to help improve worker, vehicle, and facility safety within the recycling industry. The COSE members consist of like-minded companies which voluntarily come forward to share best practices and safety data for the betterment of their own safety operation, and at the same time be recognized by ReMA for their commitment to safety.

The COSE Awards include:

The Best-in-Class Award will be granted to the COSE member company or facility with the lowest OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) for the 2019 calendar year.

The Superior Achievement Award will be granted to the COSE member company or facility that has achieved an OSHA TRIR of .75 or less for the 2019 calendar year.

The Rising Star Award will be granted to the COSE member facility that has achieved an OSHA TRIR of 2.65 or less for the 2019 calendar year.

Entry forms and additional information for both awards can be on ISRI’s website. All entries are due by March 21, 2020. The awards will be presented during ISRI2020, ISRI’s Annual Convention and Exposition, held April 27-30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Those interested in joining COSE can learn more and apply online.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ReMA 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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