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Through the OSHA and ERC Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide the association's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety associated with the management of municipal solid waste, especially related to hauler safety. In particular, OSHA and ERC will promote the annual Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety - Do It for Life." Further, OSHA and ERC will work together to reduce and prevent exposure to electrical hazards in waste to energy facilities. The Alliance's goals include:

Outreach and communication:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the ERC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ERC's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ERC and through OSHA- or ERC- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum including outreach events).
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on waste-to-energy worker safety and health issues, waste hauler health and safety issues, and contractor health and safety issues, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • June 1-30, 2009: Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety - Do It for Life" . Kick-off Events for National and State Campaigns.
    • State Campaign Kick-off Events were held at a number of Covanta Energy, Onyx, Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy, Wheelabrator Technologies, waste-to-energy facilities.
  •  May 18-20, 2009: North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, Chantilly, Virginia.
    • May 19, 2009: Elizabeth Way, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "OSHA's Compliance Assistance and Industry Issues Update" to waste-to-energy professionals.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The Energy Recovery Council and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
  • June 1-30, 2008: Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety - Do It for Life". Kick-off Events for National and State Campaigns
    • State Campaign Kick-off Events were held at a number of Covanta Energy, Onyx, Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy, Wheelabrator Technologies, waste-to-energy facilities.
  • May 19-21, 2008: North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • May 19, 2008: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; gave the keynote presentation, "OSHA Adds Value to Business, Work and Life" to 300 waste to energy professionals.
    • May 20, 2008: Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and ERC representatives gave a presentation, "OSHA Update: OSHA's Compliance Assistance and Industry Issues Update" to waste-to-energy professionals.
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Integrated Waste Services Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • November 27, 2007: Wheelabrator's 5th Annual Contractor Safety Summit, Providence, Rhode Island.
    • Maryann Medeiros, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region I, Providence, Rhode Island Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "Industrial Health and Health Items Related to Contracted Work."
  • August 27-30, 2007: 23rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference, Washington, DC.
    • August 29, 2007: Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and ERC representatives gave a presentation, "Safety Campaign on a National Scale: Building a Successful Safety Campaign" on the Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety Do It for Life," the Alliance Program and other activities of the OSHA and ERC Alliance, to 50 attendees.
  • May 21 - June 28, 2007: Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety - Do It for Life". Kick-off Events for National and State Campaigns.
    • June 13, 2007: Hauler Safety Campaign Kick-off Ceremony, Covanta Energy Inc., Waste to Energy Facility, Lorton, Virginia. C. Bryan Little, former-Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA/ERC Alliance, including the Hauler Safety Campaign, to 50 attendees during the kick-off ceremony for national and state Hauler Safety Campaigns.
    • State Campaign Kick-off Events were held at a number of Covanta Energy facilities. [More...]
  • August 28-31, 2006: Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, 22nd Annual National VPPPA Conference, Orlando, Florida.
    • August 30, 2006: Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, and ERC representatives gave a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and ERC Alliance, including the Hauler Safety Campaign, to 25 attendees.
  • June 7, 2006: Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety - Do It for Life". Kick-off events for national and state Hauler Safety Campaigns were held at the following Covanta Energy facilities:
    • Bristol, Connecticut
    • SECONN, Preston, Connecticut [More...]
    • Wallingford, Connecticut
    • Haverhill, Massachusetts
    • SEMASS, West Wareham , Massachusetts
    • Niagara Falls, NY [More...]
    • Onondaga, Syracuse, NY

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • High Voltage (>1000 Volts) Electrical Safety and Injuries (PDF*). Through the OSHA and the Energy Recovery Council (ERC) Alliance, ERC developed "High Voltage (>1000 Volts) Electrical Safety and Injuries." The fact sheet reviews how workers can protect themselves during high voltage work. (2010, February).
  • Safety: Do It For Life. Through the OSHA and Energy Recovery Council (ERC) Alliance, ERC developed "Hauler Safety Campaign, Safety: Do It For Life." The annual campaign educates public and private waste haulers, municipal and private owners and operators, and facility employees about best practices on tipping floor safety. It also encourages the men and women who haul and dispose of solid waste to focus on their safety practices and their families' and friends' well-being as they do their jobs.
    • Hauler Safety Campaign Promotional Posters. English (PDF*) and Spanish (PDF*) (2008, August).
    • The 12 Rules of Tipping Floor Safety. English (PDF*) and Spanish (PDF)* (2008, August).
    • Hauler Safety Campaign Promotional Sticker. English (PDF*) and Spanish (PDF*) (2008, August).
OSHA eTools
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Publications and Newsletters
  • IWSA Weekly Update, July 7, 2006. IWSA's July 7, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Consultation Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs" that describes the services and benefits of the Onsite Consultation Program for small businesses.
  • IWSA Weekly Update, July 14, 2006. IWSA's July 14, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "OSHA's Electronic Resources for Small Businesses" that highlights the OSHA Web site's updated advanced search function and tools that provide links to OSHA's Onsite Consultation Program, publications and compliance assistance resources.
  • IWSA Weekly Update, July 21, 2006. IWSA's July 21, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "OSHA's Standard Interpretation Letters" that describes several ways to search the OSHA Web site for Standard Interpretation Letters, which are OSHA's official responses to written questions about compliance with the agency's requirements.
  • IWSA Weekly Update, July 28, 2006. IWSA's July 28, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "A Safe Workplace is a Drug-Free Workplace" that describes several ways for small businesses to protect their companies and help reduce substance abuse in their communities by implementing workplace prevention programs that educate employees.
  • IWSA Weekly Update, August 3, 2006. IWSA's August 3, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Hispanic Worker Outreach: OSHA Can Help!" that describes the numerous Spanish-language compliance assistance tools and resources that OSHA has developed to assist employers and workers with their Hispanic outreach activities.
  • IWSA Weekly Update, August 18, 2006. IWSA's August 18, 2006 edition of its weekly e-newsletter includes an article, "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventive Strategies," that describes how small businesses should be alert to the risk of robbery coupled with criminal assaults on their employees and have an established workplace violence prevention plan to protect their safety.
Additional Resources

¤Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.

† Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


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