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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

lessons learned.

Safety Resources

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,

and Quinceañera.

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 at .

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.

UXO—Unexploded Ordnance

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.