OSHA and ISRI formed an Alliance to (1) provide ISRI's members and others with information, guidance, training, and other resources to protect the health and safety of workers within the scrap recycling industry and (2) promote understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Through the Alliance, OSHA and ISRI will promote a culture of safety within the scrap recycling industry that works towards the reduction of workplace incidents and control of workplace hazards such as those associated with powered industrial trucks and other machinery, hazardous energy sources, materials handling, chemical exposures, and others as appropriate. The participants will also work to promote the use of safety and health management systems within this sector.
The goals of the Alliance include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
- Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, enforcement initiatives, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Convene and/or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health and safety hazards in recycling and related industries to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
- Improve existing informational and training resources to promote greater utilization and improved safety and health outcomes in the scrap recycling sector.
- Develop and disseminate new informational and training resources in English, Spanish, and other languages, as appropriate.
- Revise existing and develop new best practices for workplace safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs, as well as promote their adoption by the scrap recycling industry.
Outreach and Communication
- Disseminate new and/or revised informational and training resources (print and electronic media) to ISRI members and other stakeholders in the scrap recycling sector, as well as provide in-person training, including OSHA staff.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ISRI's conferences, local meetings or other events.
- Collaborate with other Alliance participants or industry stakeholders on issues and projects related to workplace health and safety in the recycling sector.
- Encourage ISRI members and other industry stakeholders to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues in the scrap recycling industry; participate in OSHA's Cooperative Programs, including the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP); and utilize OSHA's On-site Consultation Program to improve health and safety in scrap recycling workplaces.