Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
ISRI is dedicated and committed to helping our members
address worker safety within their operations. Our efforts
in 2015 were focused on expanding training resources for
members, raising awareness as to specific risks of concern
to the industry, and reaching out to other industries and
organizations—including the steel industry, chlorine
manufacturers/distributors, the short line railroads, and
the Department of Defense—to share best practices and
As part of its commitment to industry
safety, ISRI provides members with
access to a variety of tools to help im-
plement successful safety programs.
To showcase and market these tools,
ISRI introduced a Safety Resources
Catalog in 2015, providing a com-
prehensive listing and one-stop shop for the more than
150 safety-related videos, posters, publications, manuals,
presentations, and newsletters available to members.
“Be Safe to Be There”was the theme of a safety poster
series released in 2015. Offered in both English and
Spanish, these posters featured images depicting such
family events as college graduation, summer barbeques,
youth sports activities, birth of a child, snow sledding,
ISRI also offered free, members-only safety webinars
throughout the year, providing up-to-date information
about new or changing regulations and answers to safety
questions from a team of safety experts. Safety webinars
are archived and available online for members atISRI.org/webinars .
Responding to OSHA’s call to replace all Material Safety
Data Sheets (MSDSs) with Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), ISRI
worked with ChemAdvisor in 2015 to develop and make
available to members customized SDSs for the 24 com-
monly recycled commodities, giving members an effec-
tive and low-cost option for compliance.
Unfortunately in 2015 the scrap industry continued to
experience incidents due to unexploded ordnance (UXO)
making its way into recycling operations. By working with
the U.S. Army Technical Center for Explosive Safety, ISRI
now has a resource available on its website titled the “3Rs
Explosives Safety Guide” that was specifically written for
the recycling industry to use to help educate and train
employees. The information covers what workers should
look for when handling DOD munitions, what to do if
unexploded munitions (UXO) are encountered, and what
procedures should be followed in dealing with UXO.