The future of safety

How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the field of occupational safety and health?

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David Biderman

Executive director and CEO
Solid Waste Association of North America

In the solid waste industry, when people talk about occupational health and safety, the focus has always been on safety – it’s always been on avoiding collisions, back injuries. It’s been on the injury side of the equation, not the illness side of the equation. And I suspect that one of the byproducts of the coronavirus pandemic is going to be increased attention to the health side of the equation, which I think had sometimes been overlooked.


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