According to a news release, the regulatory authority hopes that companies can use the voluntary manual to evaluate and improve their own waste collection safety practices. The manual provides vital information on how trade waste companies and their workers can operate safely in New York City.
Essential safety topics covered in the manual include:
- Equipping workers with personal protective equipment;
- Proper lifting techniques,
- Collision avoidance recommendations, and
- Safe hopper operations.
The safety manual was developed by the Commercial Waste Zone Collection Safety Working Group (Working Group) comprised of members from the trade waste industry, trade waste organizations, union leaders, and environmental and traffic safety advocates.
The manual is designed to serve as a template for trade waste companies to use and develop their own comprehensive safety plan . This is the next step in improving safety in the trade waste industry.