Recycling Industry Safety

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While recycling is good for the environment, it can be dangerous for workers. Certain materials that are recycled or reused, such as scrap metal, electronics, batteries, and used oil and other chemicals, have materials that directly pose hazards to workers. In addition to those hazards, there are some hazards that are common across various types of recycling, such as traffic safety, moving machine parts, unexpected machine startup, lifting injuries, and slips, trips, and falls.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019 for every 100 employees in the recyclable material merchant wholesalers industry 3.3 employees were injured. 1.9 out of every 100 employees were injured severly enough to cause them to miss work or require a job transfer or restricted job duties. There is a clear need for employees working in the recycling industry to know the potential hazards they may be exposed to and how to protect themselves.

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