03.08.2017

Changes to trash and waste collection in order to dramatically reduce workplace injuries and illness

Every company - from an office or factory to a construction site or hospital -
produces and, therefore must dispose of, waste. However, improper disposal,
hauling and lifting practices can cause repetitive stress or back injuries,
result in slip and fall incidents, or expose workers to other workplace
hazards. Taking a closer look at your facility's waste stream and making a few
simple changes can have a huge positive effect on workplace safety and injury
prevention.

According to recent data, in the USA janitors and cleaners suffered more than
46,000 injuries requiring days away from work and had the 16th highest injury
rate of all occupations. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration
estimates the average employer cost for a workplace back injury is $60,618.
More than 60 percent of these were back and shoulder injuries, often caused by
overexertion due to lifting or pushing heavy loads in carts, trash cans, and
dumpsters.

To help minimize these injuries, it's important to think of waste management as
an integrated process and analyze each facility's waste stream, rather than
viewing things as discrete tasks. Simply put, waste stream management involves
four key areas: collection, transportation, storage, and disposal. The key to
reducing back injuries is minimizing manual lifting and dumping in each phase
of the process, so a facility's choice of equipment is critical.

Because no two facilities are exactly alike, there can be no one-size fits all
approach to waste management equipment selection and processes. While it can be
tempting for a purchasing department to save a few dollars by buying
off-the-shelf products, smart health and safety professionals will insert
themselves into this purchasing decision and look for vendors that offer
purpose-built, customized, and integrated waste management solutions to meet
their specific needs and challenges. Making more informed choices in this area
provides a unique opportunity to improve both the overall work environment and
the bottom line.

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