Partnership established to protect workers in the scrap recycling industry

Partnership established to protect workers in the scrap recycling industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. has recently signed alliance aimed at protecting workers in the scrap recycling industry and promote understanding of worker rights and employer responsibilities under the OSH Act.

The partnership will be centered on workplace hazards related to powered industrial trucks and other machinery, chemical exposures, hazardous energy sources, and handling and storage of materials.

“These hazards can result in serious injuries and death for workers in the scrap recycling industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr David Michaels.

“We are pleased to partner with ISRI in developing effective tools to control or eliminate safety and health hazards in this industry.”

The two-year alliance will allow OSHA and ISRI to collaborate in creating and revising informational and training resources, encouraging the use of safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs, and promoting OSHA’s compliance assistance resources.

“ISRI’s alliance with OSHA underscores the recycling industry’s commitment to worker safety,” said Doug Kramer, chair of ISRI.

“Now with the support of OSHA behind us, ISRI will be able to provide even greater resources for our members to ensure their workers return home to their families every night.”