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SWANA Expands 2017 Safety Awards Program

SWANA Expands 2017 Safety Awards Program

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is again recognizing excellence in solid waste safety through its awards program, while expanding the categories being honored this year.  

The SWANA Safety Awards program began last year by recognizing winners in two categories: Best Safety Innovation and Biggest Safety Improvement. In 2017, the field will be expanded to recognize winners from each of SWANA’s 7 Technical Divisions. Members of SWANA’s Safety Committee will then choose an overall winner to be awarded as well. 
SWANA’s safety awards exemplify the solid waste industry’s profound commitment to improving employee safety through communication, best practices, increased compliance with applicable regulations, and accident investigation and review, and are open to nominations from all members in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are very excited about the expansion of SWANA’s safety awards,” said SWANA Executive Director and CEO, David Biderman. “They provide an opportunity for SWANA to recognize the biggest improvements and best safety programs in various lines of business, and to share best practices that other employers in both the public and private sector can use to reduce accidents and injuries involving their operations.”

SWANA has a strong commitment to safety and is determined to help move the waste collection industry off of the federal government’s list of 10 most dangerous jobs. This awards program, along with other initiatives, such as the Chapter Safety Ambassador Program and “5 to Stay Alive” campaign, are important steps in that direction. 
PRECO is the official sponsor of SWANA’s 2017 Safety Awards Program. PRECO designs, engineers, and manufactures collision mitigation technology optimized for heavy-duty equipment so operators and fleets can perform with greater confidence and peace of mind.

“PRECO Electronics is actively involved and committed to improving safety practices across the world’s waste and recycling industry,” said Greg Spiropulos, Waste Safety Leader at PRECO.  “Our sponsorship of SWANA’s annual safety awards allows us to recognize those that are implementing best practices.  PRECO believes that by continually showcasing best practices the industry will ultimately reduce avoidable accidents and save lives.”

Award submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2017 and winners will be announced on June 15, 2017. SWANA will present the awards to the winners at the ISWA World Congress/ WASTECON® 2017, September 25 – 27, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.
For information on Awards eligibility and criteria, please visit
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 8,500 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy, and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals in the U.S. and Canada, through technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit

Established in 1947, PRECO provides safety solutions to the heavy-duty industry. PRECO designs, engineers and manufactures collision mitigation technology that stands tall against the industry’s most rigorous testing so operators and fleets can perform with greater confidence and peace of mind.

At least 98 fatalities directly related to municipal solid waste (MSW) collection, processing and disposal occurred in the United States between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, according to 2016 data collected by SWANA.

SWANA 2015-2016 fatality data for the U.S. waste and recycling industry. 

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