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SWANA Pacific Chapter Safety Ambassador

SWANA Pacific is pleased to introduce our Safety Ambassador. Lynne Vidler is a Senior Project Engineer at Metro Vancouver with nearly 12 years of experience in the Solid Waste field. Prior to starting with Metro Vancouver, Lynne spent 10 years in the pulp and paper industry, working at mills in Port Alberni, Powell River and Delta. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in safety and emergency management and is looking forward to working with SWANA members on safety initiatives in our region. To contact Lynne with any safety issues or concerns, please contact her via the button below.
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SWANA Reports 52 Solid Waste Industry Worker Fatalities in 2020

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reported 52 municipal solid waste industry workers were killed in 2020 in the United States and Canada, with nearly 70 percent occurring during collection. This data was shared by Jesse Maxwell, SWANA Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager, at SWANA’s virtual Safety Summit on February 25. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
March 10, 2021
Safety

Whole-Body Vibration Risk

The health risks of long-term exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) are well documented, including the potential for spinal and gastrointestinal system injuries. Mobile heavy equipment that is typically used in the solid waste industry will often have vibration levels associated with long term exposure risks. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
December 10, 2020
Safety

White Noise Back Up Alarms

Many businesses are now replacing conventional vehicle back up alarms in order to reduce the noise impact on the surrounding area and to make sure people haven’t become habituated to the classic “beep-beep-beep” noise. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
December 10, 2020
Safety

SWANA Safety Summit – Save the Date

SWANA will be holding their annual safety summit on February 25, 2021. This half-day virtual event will share industry data on injuries and fatalities and explore how it can help us improve collection and post-collection safety. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
December 10, 2020
COVID-19Safety

COVID-19 – Protecting Yourself and Your Employees

The global situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve on a daily basis.  Thankfully the transmission risk level in BC and the Yukon remains low at this time, but here are some basic steps you can take to protect yourself, and ideas on how businesses can protect their staff: What you can do to protect yourself: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, don’t touch your face and cover your cough or sneeze. Monitor yourself for symptoms, including cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Call the public health line at 8-1-1 if you have symptoms, particularly if you have recently travelled abroad. Stay home when you are sick. How employers can protect their employees and customers: Stay on top of the latest communication by reputable global health authorities and keep staff informed of any changes and updates. Keep employees informed with regular updates. If the…
Stephanie Moorman
March 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update & Resources