Recycling


Photo courtesy of OSHA. Properly guarded machinery can protect workers for moving and rotating parts

Properly guarded machinery can protect workers for moving and rotating parts.

Photo courtesy of OSHA.

Recycling of materials such as metal, electronics, paper, batteries, used oil and other chemicals is a good thing for the environment, but for workers who work in the recycling industry, it is a hazardous environment exposing them to hazards:

  • Confined spaces.
  • Falls.
  • Inhalation (asbestos, silica, chemical vapors and fumes).
  • Moving mechanical parts.

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  • Corrosive chemicals (battery acid, cadmium).
  • Falling debris or materials.
  • Lead.
  • Moving vehicles or equipment (cars, forklifts, cranes).
  • Needles (bloodborne pathogens).
  • Slips and trips.
  • Sprains and Strains.
  • Unexpected startup of machines or equipment.

These hazards can result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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