Refuse and Recyclable Material Collection Worker Safety
Refuse and recyclable materials are collected from Fairfax County residences and businesses by a mix of private collectors and County employees. These workers are doing dangerous work in dangerous conditions on our roads every day. Their safety is as much in your hands as theirs.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics data, refuse and recyclable materials collection is the fifth most dangerous job in this country - and transportation incidents are the cause of 40 percent of the injuries and fatalities.
Summer Heat Safety
- OSHA Quick Card on protecting workers from heat stress, and in Spanish
- Dehydration Urine Color Chart
- OSHA Heat Index app available for smartphones on iOS and Android
Garbage Man Day
- The week of June 17 has been designated National Garbage Man Day.
- National Garbage Man Day flyer
- There will be an event to celebrate Garbage Man Day at the inbound commercial scales at the I-66 Transfer Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, to recognize the hard work refuse and recycling collection workers do each day, giving out bottles of water and specially designed cooling towels (while supplies last).
- Fairfax County Celebrates National Garbage Man Day
Slow Down to Get Around
In July 2015, Virginia signed HB1649 into law, joining eight other states that have enacted Slow Down to Get Around legislation: Wisconsin, North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Alabama. The new law, which carries a penalty of up to $250, states that drivers must reduce their speed to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and pass at least two feet to the left of any stationary vehicle that is collecting refuse or recyclable materials.
The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program has been actively promoting Slow Down to Get Around:
- May 9, 2016 Awareness Campaign Kickoff Event Notice/Agenda
- Video: Slow Down to Get Around Event
- Video: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) CEO David Biderman at the Slow Down to Get Around Event
- Photos: May 9, 2016 Awareness Campaign Kickoff Event
- Video: "No Excuses"
- Photos: SDTGA Wrapped Trucks
- SWANA SDTGA Event Press Release
Safety Resource Links for Collectors
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z245.1: Standard for Refuse Collection, Processing and Disposal Equipment
- Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Safety Matters Website
- Video: National Waste Recycling Association SDTGA Public Service Announcement
- OSHA Standard OSHA 3151-12R 2004 for Personal Protective Equipment
- The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program is hosting this year's SWANA Old Dominion Chapter Safety Matters Workshop. Announcement and registration information is at http://www.swanava.org/.
- I-66 Transfer Station Complex Rules and Regulations
- I-95 Landfill Complex Rules and Regulations
- Energy/Resource Recovery Facility Rules and Regulations
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