Allied Waste, now Republic Services following a 2008 merger, ensures the safety of its employees by providing instructive and on-the-job training, equipment-specific training, regular safety meetings and independent performance reviews, according to Republic Services. The company also keeps its trucks and equipment in good repair, and technicians routinely inspect them to be in compliance with the United States Department of Transportation guidelines.
Republic Services provides a week of equipment-specific training to all drivers, including skill set verification, which is then followed by weeks of additional in-cab instruction and evaluation by a trained instructor, states the company. Regular training sessions, safety meetings and reviews further ensure employee safety.
Additionally, the company runs safety-related programs and campaigns, such as the Focus 6 program and the 101 Days of Summer Safety program, notes Professional Safety, a publication of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The Focus 6 campaign educates employees on how to avoid the six most serious and frequent accidents in the industry. The hands-on, interactive program is integrated into day-to-day operations to educate employees on making safe decisions. The 101 Days of Summer Safety program emphasizes that driving a garbage truck is physically and mentally demanding, and it outlines a basic program that includes simple steps like staying hydrated, driving defensively and watching out for children. Its goal is to focus employees on preventing summer-related driving incidents.