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ISRI Highlights Resources for Recyclers During Fire Prevention Month

(Washington, DC) – Recognizing the importance of fire safety and prevention resources in honor of National Fire Prevention Month, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is providing its members with several resources to keep employers and employees safe. Related to these efforts, ISRI has once again been named a recipient of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) grant to fund education and training on hazard recognition and prevention. ISRI will use the grant to continue working on its Hazard Recognition: Fire Safety and Prevention programming, which launched in August.

“We all need to recognize and practice good fire safety and prevention methods every day,” Smith says. “This can seem like a big task. But if you take it one day at a time and ask yourself and your business associates, ‘what did we do today to prevent a fire,’ you will begin to get your arms around the problem and set your facility up on the path to prevention.”

The four-hour, two-day online class was developed to help employees, team leads, supervisors, plant managers, and senior leadership understand hazards associated with fires in recycling and materials recovery facilities (MRF). The course reviews the different types and stages of fire, and helps attendees gain a greater awareness of workplace fire hazards such as ignition sources and fuel sources. The course also provides an overview of fire prevention techniques specific to recycling and MRF facilities, and goes over fire management techniques and emergency response to these events. Instructors will also talk through some real-world scenarios with attendees.

The course is co-taught by a member of ISRI’s safety team, alongside a fire professional familiar with recycling facilities. The first class took place on August 24. Classes are scheduled until the end of the year, with more expected to take place in 2022. Sign up for the next class, taking place October 14 and 15, here.

ISRI has also released five videos related to fire safety and prevention, featuring Kenn Kunze of IC Fire Prevention. The topics include:

The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 3 – 9) is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home, family, and business are protected.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies 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 $116 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 506,000 Americans with good jobs.

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