Safety Day 2011
During August 2011, Sunshine Canyon hosted a “Safety Day.” Visitors to the landfill received bottles of water and a reminder to follow all safety rules. “Safety Day” is part of a culture that constantly promotes safety not only with Sunshine Canyon employees, but visitors to the site, as well.
|Sunshine Canyon employees reminding visitors about the landfill's safety rules. Bright-colored, high visibility clothing is a requirement for employees and visitors to Sunshine.|
Safety training is provided to employees and customers are required to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as safety vests, hard hats, and safety work shoes. Traffic and truck control rules are also enforced.
Our “Safety Day” was part of Republic Services 101 Days of Summer Safety campaign. The campaign’s goal was to raise the level of awareness toward safety from Memorial Day to Labor Day
The “Safety Day” event was a comprehensive, team effort according to Sunshine Canyon General Manager David Cieply
“We had prepared our site safety requirements in writing and reviewed some of the critical ones with each driver and had most of them acknowledge receipt of the rules by signing a form. We then provided them with water and some fruit. We had participation from our HR, Area Safety personnel, Ecology Supervisors and Transfer Station Supervisors as well as, the Sunshine Canyon Local Enforcement Agency,” said Cieply
Historically, the solid waste industry has seen an increase in employee injuries and vehicular accidents during the summer season. This increase is due in part to higher temperature/humidity, increased pedestrian traffic, children out of school and increased motor vehicle traffic. Republic Services has been able to eliminate this trend through its 101 Days of Summer Safety campaign
Each Republic division developed a division-specific summer safety plan and tracked their progress by displaying a 101 Days of Summer Safety banner that counted down the days of summer safety. On-going training sessions and the banner reinforced the program’s goal of raising employee awareness about safety and provide information to prevent summer-related incidents