The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) 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 environmental, health and safety for ISRI, in a statement. “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 that 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 personal protective equipment.
- An understanding of the importance of the control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).
- 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.
- Hazard communication in the workplace.
Each class is approximately four 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 both 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.”