National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), Washington, has added John Haudenshield as its director of safety, according to Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the association. Haudenshield will work with stakeholders to address industry safety issues and expand the association’s safety program.
“NW&RA is pleased to bring such an experienced leader in safety and risk management, who also has familiarity with our industry, into the fold to continue our commitment to establishing standards of excellence for safety,” Kneiss says.
“The safety programs offered to our members continue to be among our most popular programs, and they will continue improving and developing under John’s guidance,” she adds.
Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he had held senior level safety and risk management positions for a number of companies, including Coca-Cola Bottling Co., where he was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites as well as across a direct store delivery sales region, the NW&RA says.
“I am very excited to jump back into the waste and recycling industry and help NW&RA continue to drive and develop leading safety progress for one of the most safety-conscious industries in America today,” Haudenshield says.
NW&RA says it has championed safety for years, having recently launched a first-of-its-kind Safe Driver Certification program for waste vehicle operators. Additional industry safety programs include Safety Monday, regional training events, the Be Safe Be Proud video series and the Slow Down to Get Around campaign, reminding motorists to drive more carefully near waste collection vehicles.
Haudenshield is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a certified lead auditor of Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001. He has extensive experience with Department of Transportation Compliance, driver safety, incident management and safety and environmental management systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).
The National Waste & Recycling Association is a trade association that represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry.