Slow Down To Get Around – Protect our Sanitation Workers!



View this Slow Down To Get Around Public Service Announcement,
then please help us spread the word by sharing on all your social media accounts!


Thanks to the National Waste and Recycling Association for this PSA and their Slow Down To Get Around campaign.



Share our flyer!


Click the graphic above to download a letter size flyer to print and share publicly. Help CSEA spread the word about sanitation safety!



Window clings: Now Available!






Vinyl static window clings are available for you to put on your vehicle to raise awareness.  To order clings, contact the CSEA Occupational Safety and Health Department at 1-800-342-4146, ext. 1361.  Magnets and large signs may be coming soon and we will post an update as soon as they are available.






Worker Training


Clean-Up Safety training is now available for residential sanitation workers and those who are deployed to clean-up after disaster situations. The course covers what to do about chemical, physical, biological and all other hazards of clean-up work.  The training is offered at no cost to the employer and available for all workers at CSEA/AFSCME-represented worksites.  Each individual will get their own copy of the Clean-Up Safety pocket guide, designed to provide on-the-spot  information and immediate guidance.

To schedule a training, contact your area CSEA Occupational Safety and Health Specialist.  For more information about CSEA’s Peer Trainer Program, contact our Peer Trainer Program Coordinator at 1-800-342-4146, ext. 1287.



CSEA Cares about Our Sanitation Workers!


That’s why CSEA President Danny Donohue has formed a new Statewide Sanitation Workgroup, headed up by activists working in the industry and calling on the expertise of the staff professionals in our union’s Occupational Safety and Health Department, as well as our Political Action, Communications, and Legal Departments. CSEA will never quit when it comes to protecting the lives, health and safety of our members on the job!

Across the state, we represent hundreds, if not thousands, of workers in the sanitation industry, many who pickup residential refuse and/or recycling.

This can be some of the most dangerous work performed by public workers. Sanitation workers have twice the fatality rates of police officers, and nearly seven times the fatality rates of firefighters.

Between 1980 and 1992, 450 sanitation workers aged 16 or older died in incidents involving refuse collection.

In 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that refuse and recyclable materials collectors had a fatality rate of 22 per 100,000 workers, placing them among occupations with high fatality rates. In 2004, NIOSH reported that workers in waste management were number six in having the greatest number of fatalities in the service sector.


Our Statewide Sanitation Workgroup has been meeting regularly on these efforts:


    • HAZARD AWARENESS: CSEA has already distributed hundreds of “Clean Up Safety” guides for disaster clean-up and residential sanitation workers to our members working in the sanitation field. We will also utilize this web page to share information about hazards and ways to reduce the dangers to workers;
    • ENFORCEMENT: Promote stronger awareness and enforcement of the existing State Department of Labor’s Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) directive that references sanitation safety guidelines. CSEA’s Occupational Safety and Health staff are currently working with PESH staff to accomplish this. CSEA activists can download a copy of the directive to share with management;
    • PUBLIC AWARENESS: We’re partnering with the waste industry and NIOSH to utilize the existing Slow Down To Get Around slogan and materials in a campaign to promote sanitation safety, similar to what we’ve done with our Don’t Zone Out campaign for work zone safety. Please view and share the Public Service Announcement created by the National Waste & Recycling Association. We will also be distributing awareness flyers and window clings at upcoming union events;
    • PASSING LEGISLATION: Our Political Action Department has joined with other waste industry organizations — NWRA, SWANA, and other unions — to urge the passage of “Slow Down To Get Around” legislation, which amends New York’s “Move Over” Law to include vehicles operated by a sanitation or recycling worker to the definition of “hazard vehicles” so that drivers would be required to move over when possible, like they currently must around any emergency or police vehicle; and
    • WORKER TRAINING: As mentioned above, CSEA’s Occupational Safety and Health staff are available, at no cost to the employer, to provide Clean-Up/Sanitation Safety training for all employees working in the industry at CSEA represented worksites. To arrange for your own training, contact your Area OSH Specialist.