Members of the lead battery recycling industry have good news to share during our nation’s annual Safe + Sound Week 2022, held August 15-21. For example, did you know that nearly one-fourth of industry members’ annual operating budget is allocated to environmental health and safety (EHS)?
The Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) believes that when a company’s foremost commitment is health and safety, work-related injury and illness are preventable. The industry’s top priority is ensuring the health, safety and well-being of employees, their families and local communities – and not just during OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week initiative to promote workplace health and safety programs.
Sanders Lead Company: “Safety first, last and always”
Sanders Lead Company is a great example of how ABR members make workplace safety personal. Located in Troy, Alabama, Sanders is one of the largest recyclers and producers of lead alloys in the United States. It’s safety motto is, “Safety first, last and always.”
The company has made significant investments in safety improvements and ongoing safety operations, including the company’s hygiene facility, personal protective equipment (PPE), improvement projects, safety committee meetings, etc. Sanders finds Safe + Sound Week an ideal time to pause and provide refresher training on risk, personal choice and accountability:
- Conducting annual OSHA-required refresher training. This year, the company’s focus is on blood lead levels. It’s developed new training tools and scheduled town hall meetings with supervisory and management teams.
- Using electronic posting boards in break rooms to push safety and health messages.
- Conducting annual fit testing requirement to ensure proper fit and use of respiratory protection.
- Developing new materials for “tool box talks” and reposting personal hygiene training materials.
Lead Battery Recyclers Keep Employees Safe and Sound
Lead batteries are essential to our way of life, but they must be recycled properly. ABR members keep more than 130 million lead batteries from landfills annually through responsible recycling practices.