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Safe Waste Collection

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WorkSafeNB focuses on high-risk industries to reduce injuries and promote a safety culture in New Brunswick workplaces. In 2013, WorkSafeNB identified waste collection as a high-risk industry. Waste collection workers in New Brunswick are three times more likely to be hurt on the job as the average New Brunswick worker. Since 2003, four waste collection workers have died from workplace injuries.

To help, WorkSafeNB has launched the Safe Waste Collection initiative. The strategy has several components: increased education; focused compliance activities; recommendations to require safety policies and procedures in the tendering process; and, public awareness and engagement.

Starting in September, WorkSafeNB consultants will meet waste collection employers one-on-one throughout the province to help them improve their health and safety practices.

Following this, health and safety officers will focus their efforts on new employee orientation and training. In spring 2016, WorkSafeNB will begin inspections of mobile equipment and facilities of employers in the industry.

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WorkSafeNB is offering several tools to help prepare workplaces: 

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