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Kevin Johnstone

SWANA Safety

SWANA Pacific Chapter Safety Ambassador

SWANA Pacific is pleased to introduce our Safety Ambassador, Kevin Johnstone.

Kevin has been involved with SWANA for 7 years, first as a student member then as a YP and also the YP committee head. He has been working as an Environmental Engineering Technologist for Ecowaste Industries for 4 years. He became involved with SWANA after connecting with some members at a networking session after a conference. Those connections helped Kevin complete his undergraduate thesis at BCIT, graduate, and find his first job in the industry doing waste audits.

Kevin values SWANA as an organization that allows him to continue to make new connections, learn about the industry, and participate in conferences. He looking forward to serving the SWANA BC/Yukon chapter throughout his career in solid waste.

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Waste Connections Wins SWANA Safety Award

Waste Connections of Canada – Toronto District has won The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) award for biggest safety improvement in 2021. Waste Connections is joined by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) of New Jersey for Best Safety Innovation; and the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department (ACCSW) of Georgia for Best Covid-19 Response. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
September 22, 2021
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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…)
Stephanie Moorman
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