Waste Treatment and Management

Waste Management Health and Safety

Date Added Resource Source
Jan 2013

NIOSH Factsheet: Solid Waste Industry


The solid waste industry (Waste Management and Remediation, NAICS 562) consists of 3 groups: Collection; Treatment and Disposal; and Other Waste Remediation Services. This fact sheet provides safety and health information for this industry.

Mar 2012

NIOSH Factsheet: Solid Waste Industry


Effective health and safety programs which include hazard recognition and controls can reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and improve work conditions in the solid waste industry.

Apr 2008

Occupational Hazards: Report Highlights Safety Concerns in Sanitation Industry


This article by Laura Walker in Occupational Hazards highlights findings from a report released by the National Commission of Inquiry into the Worker Health and Safety Crisis in the Solid Waste Industry and the Teamsters Union.

(Occupational Hazards)
Apr 2006

Orphaned compressed gas cylinders in the waste and recycling industries (PDF)


This best practice guidance was written in consultation and with the support of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH). It contains notes on good practice which are not compulsory but which you may find helpful in considering what you need to do.

May 2005

Solid Waste Management in Emergencies (PDF)


This technical note outlines some of the key activities in dealing with solid waste in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Solid waste refers here to all non-liquid wastes (e.g. rubbish or garbage). Sometimes solid waste may contain faeces. Solid waste can create significant health problems and a very unpleasant living environment if not disposed of safely and appropriately.

May 2005

Waste Industry Safety and health – Reducing the risks (PDF)


This leaflet has been produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in consultation with the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH). It is written for supervisory staff and employees and provides a checklist of standards to aim at.

May 2005

Non-Hazardous Waste and Recyclable Materials – Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines for the Collection, Transport and Unloading of Non-Hazardous Waste and Recyclable Materials (PDF)


This publication has been produced to provide the waste management industry with an industry specific guide to assist in the implementation of safe systems of work. It has been developed by the Victorian WorkCover Authority in conjunction with a range of relevant industry stakeholders, including waste contractors and recyclers, local government, designers, manufacturers, operators, unions and maintenance personnel and is based on the jointly developed Health and Safety at Work, Waste Management Recycling Industry Guide developed by the Victorian WorkCover Authority and Workcover New South Wales.

(Worksafe Victoria)
May 2005

The Art and Science of Safety


Whether you manage a landfill, a materials recovery facility or a collection company, safety should be an integral and natural part of your operations. However, there can be a treacherous gulf between what you are willing (and able) to spend and what you must, in order to properly execute safety objectives and meet federal and state requirements.

May 2005

Safe Transport in Waste Management and Recycling (PDF)


This is one of a series of best practice documents designed and facilitated by the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) forum to help the waste management industry achieve improvements in critical safety areas.

May 2005

Health and Safety in the Waste Management and Recycling Industries – Information


This page provides links to sources of information and guidance on health and safety in the United Kingdom Waste Management and Recycling industries.