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Recyclable Material Handler Safety Training

With the threat of climate change, the overcrowding of city dumps, and the dangers of trash burning, recycling is becoming more and more of a necessity each and every day. To encourage more households and offices to recycle as much as possible, many communities now employ special recyclable material handlers to sort out recyclable materials for people. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Recyclable Material Handlers.

OSHA Required Training

Forklifts OSHA Regulation: 1910.178(l)

When OSHA Requires Forklift Training:

When an employee is required to use a powered industrial truck as part of their job duties. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Re-evaluation every three years; re-training if new equipment is introduced, an accident occurs, or if the operator is operating the equipment in an unsafe manner.

Downloadable Forklift Training Resources (free):

  • Forklift Safety Powerpoint

  • Forklift Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Forklift Training Videos (paid):

  • Forklift Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Forklift Certification Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Forklifts and Pedestrian Safety by Atlantic Training

Manlifts OSHA Regulation: 1910.66(i)(1)

When OSHA Requires Manlift Training:

When an employee is required to operate a working platform as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

None specified.

Downloadable Manlift Training Resources (free):

  • Manlift Operator Powerpoint

  • Working Platform Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Aerial Lift Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Aerial Lifts in Industrial and Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Aerial Lift Safety by Summit Training Source

  • Aerial Lift Safety by Atlantic Training

Hearing Protection OSHA Regulation: 1910.95(k)

When OSHA Requires Hearing Protection Training:

Employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Hearing Protection Training Resources (free):

  • Hearing Protection Powerpoint

  • Hearing Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hearing Protection Training Videos (paid):

  • Hearing Conservation Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hearing Conservation (PPE) by Atlantic Training

  • Ultimate Hearing Conservation by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Materials Handling

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Materials Handling Training Resources (free):

  • The Back and Material Handling Powerpoint

  • Manual Materials Handling Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Materials Handling Training Videos (paid):

  • Materials Handling Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Manual Material Handling Safety by Summit Training

  • Material Handling Equipment Safety by JJ Keller

Hand, Wrist and Finger

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Resources (free):

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand, Wrist and Finger Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist & Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety It's In Your Hands by Coastal Training

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

3.4% (rough approximation based on waste management and remediation services industry) 3.4% Annual Injury Rate

Recyclable Material Handler Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Batteries and other electrical devices might end up in the recycling. These can be very harmful to your health and produce a shock, especially if you are near water. Be very careful handling any electronic devices, and if you are unsure how to handle it, put them down and contact a supervisor.

With the threat of climate change, the overcrowding of city dumps, and the dangers of trash burning, recycling is becoming more and more of a necessity each and every day. To encourage more households and offices to recycle as much as possible, many communities now employ special recyclable material handlers to sort out recyclable materials for people. This job is an incredibly important position for local communities and the entire planet, but its factory-like setting and repetitive tasks make the professionals vulnerable to injury and accidents. Follow these simple safety tips to make sure that you are doing your part for the environment without putting yourself or your coworkers in jeopardy.

Wear the Proper Personal Protective Equipment

  • There is no telling what you might be handling. It’s possible that the materials coming through the recycling that could be dangerous or harmful to your health. Pay close attention and wear the right gear at all times.
  • Protect your eyes with goggles or a face shield.
  • Use proper masks if you are dealing with any chemicals that are hazardous to breathe.
  • Use the correct, tough gloves when handling sharp or hazardous products.

Know the standard emergency procedures for your recycling facility

  • Know the location of the eye flush station in case you are exposed to something harmful.
  • Know the quickest route from your station to an emergency exit. Practice these exits with fire drills so you know exactly what to do in the event of a major emergency.
  • Keep walkways and areas in front of emergency exits clear and free of clutter to avoid tripping and making quick exits easier.
  • Be familiar with the contact information of the proper authorities, such as the fire department and poison control in case you are exposed to something toxic.

Limit Distractions

  • Never text or talk on the cell phone while on sorting recycling. Missing something in front of you will cause problems for others and could lead to major accidents and injuries.
  • Wear proper attire that won’t draw attention away from the work at hand or get caught in any machinery. No dangling strings, flashy shirts, keep your hair secured, and do not wearing jewelry.
  • Take your breaks. Getting some fresh air or time away from your position will help you to focus and concentrate better while you are there. Don’t let yourself “zone out” while you are sorting.

Keep your area efficient

  • Keep your area free of junk or debris.
  • Never chew gum or eat at your station. This is distracting and creates unnecessary mess.
  • Clean up after yourself if you spill something.
  • If you must move quickly throughout the recycling center, never run. Always walk.
  • Communicate with your coworkers and supervisors. Working better as a team will improve efficiency and cut down on the possibility of accidents.

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