Through the Alliance, OSHA and ISRI will continue providing ISRI members and others with information and resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Alliance will focus on scrap recycling industry hazards, such as slips, trips, and falls; heat and cold stress; lithium battery and needlestick injuries; and other topics as appropriate, with particular emphasis on outreach to small- and medium-sized employers.
OSHA and ISRI will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- Share information on OSHA’s National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
- Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of scrap recycling industry hazards and the value of safety and health programs in improving safety performance and communicate this information (e.g., via educational webinars, the EHS Update e-newsletter, ISRI Safety Stand-Down Day materials, the OSHA and ISRI websites, and other mechanisms, as appropriate) to employers and workers in the scrap recycling industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ISRI conferences, meetings, and other events, such as ISRI Safety & Environment Council meetings and the Annual ISRI Convention & Exposition.
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on scrap recycling industry hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- Collaborate with other Alliance Program participants to address workplace safety and health issues, such as needlestick hazards in waste and recycling collection and processing.
- Encourage ISRI members and other industry stakeholders to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices; participate in OSHA’s Cooperative Programs, such as the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and the Voluntary Protection Program; and utilize OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program to improve health and safety in scrap recycling workplaces.