Safety Stand-Down Day
Annual Safety Stand-Down Day 2023

This year on Wednesday June 14, 2023, ISRI will be holding the annual industry Safety Stand Down Day. On this day we are asking all those involved in the recyclable materials industry to dedicate at least one-hour of their workday to safety conversations and activities. Take this time to recognize the men and women who work at your facilities. Recognize them for the hard work and dedication that they bring to their jobs every day. This is the eighth year that ISRI has asked members to dedicate this time to health and safety. In the past, we have had members share with us the following activities:

  • First aid and CPR training classes.
  • Hazard recognition and awareness in the field.
  • Mobile equipment blind spot education and training.
  • Vehicle inspection education and training.
  • Review of your company’s lock-out, tag-out, try-out program.

OSHA’s Safe + Sound campaign focuses on three pillars that form a strong health and safety program: management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards. Please take a few minutes to review how the campaign can help your operations and your business’ health and safety strategy and programming. Feel free to add the following web links and materials to your resource library and files.

Let us know how you celebrate ISRI’s recycling industry Safety Stand-Down Day. Send us photos and tell us about what you and your teammates did. Whatever you choose to do we appreciate you working safely every day. For more information contact ISRI’s safety team at


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the U.S. has decreased by more than 60% in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed. However, every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

Serious job-related injuries or illnesses not only hurt workers and their families but can also hurt business in many ways. Implementing a health & safety program, however, can improve small- and medium-sized businesses’ safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness.

Health & safety programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses;
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations;
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums;
  • Engage workers;
  • Enhance social responsibility goals; and
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations.


Management Leadership

Top management commit to implementing a program and using it to drive continuous improvement in safety and health.

Why Is It Important?

When management leadership is sincere and supported by actions, workers know that safety and health are important to business success. The steps they take to improve safety and health will be valued by the business.

Top management can demonstrate commitment in many ways, including:

  • Developing and communicating a safety and health policy statement.
  • Providing the necessary resources to implement and operate the program.
  • Factoring safety and health into operational planning and decisions.
  • Recognizing or rewarding safety and health contributions and achievements.
  • Leading by example, by practicing safe behaviors and making safety part of daily conversations.
Management Leadership
Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers
Worker Participation

Effective health and safety programs tap into workers’ collective experience, knowledge and insight to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges.

Why Is It Important?

Workers often know the most about potential hazards associated with their jobs. When they are involved in finding solutions, they feel invested in the program. To maximize participation, however, workers must feel free to speak without fear of retaliation or discrimination (e.g., for reporting an injury or hazardous conditions).

Workers can participate in many ways, including:
  • Developing the initial program design.
  • Reporting incidents (including near misses) so they can be investigated.
  • Analyzing hazards associated with routine and non-routine jobs, tasks, and processes.
  • Defining and documenting safe work practices.
  • Conducting site inspections and incident investigations.
  • Training current coworkers and new hires.
  • Evaluating program performance and identifying ways to improve it.
Worker Participation
Better Safety Conversations
Find & Fix Hazards

At the core of every effective health and safety program is a systematic process for identifying and controlling (i.e., finding and fixing) workplace hazards.

Why Is It Important?

Traditional approaches to finding and fixing workplace hazards are often reactive. People take action only after a worker is injured or becomes sick, a new standard or regulation is published, or an outside inspection finds a problem that must be fixed. Finding and fixing hazards using a proactive approach, before they cause injury or illness, is far more effective.

Workplaces are always evolving as new technologies, processes, materials and workers are introduced. By adopting a systematic approach, businesses can stay on top of emerging hazards that could lead to injury or illness.

A systematic find and fix approach means:
  • Involving workers, who often have the best understanding of the conditions that create hazards and insights into controlling them.
  • Reviewing all available information about hazards that might be present.
  • Conducting inspections to identify new or emerging hazards.
  • Investigating incidents to identify root causes and potential solutions.
  • Evaluating options using the “hierarchy of controls.”
  • Finding ways to protect workers during emergencies and non-routine activities.
  • Checking that existing controls are intact and remain effective.
Find and Fix Hazards
Walk-Arounds for Safety Officers
10 Ways to Get Your Program Started

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