The Core of ISRI: Safety

Apr 3, 2023, 14:29 PM
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Arnulfo Moreno
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Safety has always been at the core of ISRI. In ISRI’s mission statement — ReMA is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™, promoting safe, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible recycling through networking, advocacy, and education — safe is the first concept ReMA promotes. But how does safety actually playout in the day-to-day lives of ReMA and ReMA members? Education and training are a big component.

Education and training are conducted by the ReMA safety team and help recyclers evaluate and improve their operations. These include a variety of in-person and virtual offerings focused on: general facility safety, creating a culture of safety, hazard recognition, transportation assessment, machine guarding, material handling and more.

“Back around 2004/2005 ReMA members saw a need for a more refined approach to safety for the recycled materials industry,” said VP of Safety Tony Smith. “Through hundreds of outreach efforts, we learned where the hazards are and developed some appropriate tools and guidance.”

The tools and trainings that came out of this approach eventually led ReMA to partner with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Through this partnership, ReMA has received grants over the past seven years to continue its safety outreach initiatives.

One of the most recent grants ReMA received from OSHA focuses on fire safety. ReMA developed a class, Hazard Recognition: Fire Safety and Prevention, to assist all recycling facilities and all commodities to better understand and deal with hazards associated with fires in recycling facilities not limited to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and recycled materials processing environments. Attendees learn ways to potentially control these hazards and to avoid significant losses due to fires. The course is taught by ReMA Safety and a fire professional familiar with recycling facilities.

This article is the first in a series spotlighting ISRI’s focus on safety. In an upcoming article we’ll take a look at the ReMA member perspective and dive deep on what they get out of these safety trainings.

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