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Improving Waste Safety in NYC

New commercial waste safety manual

By Teresa Prisbrey - February 22, 2018

The New York City Business Integrity Commission just announced the release of the new Waste Safety Manual. This manual was created with the assistance from many organizations, including NWRA, SWANA, private waste companies, drivers and more.

This comprehensive manual covers driver safety from the start of the day through the end of the shift. In addition, they outlined the key fleet technologies that help keep drivers and the communities they serve safe from harm.


Industry Standard

Best Practices


Items either required by law or industry leaders consider essential to safe operations Items that industry leaders strongly recommend you incorporate into your operations Items that are worth exploring to find out how they can improve safety at your company
  • All safety equipment required by the FMCSA and NYS laws and regulations including seat belts, cross-over and other mirrors, reflectors, headlights and other lamps, service and emergency brakes
  • Sideguards
  • Emergency stop button
  • Audible backup alert
  • LED hopper lights
  • Strobe lights
  • Reflective tape and logos
  • Hydraulic safety latches
  • Warning Decals (e.g. Slow Down to Get Around)
  • Bottom of hopper painted with reflective paint
  • High vision truck cabs
  • On-board computer and GPS
  • Back-up camera
  • Automated toters/tippers
  • 360o Camera
  • Collision avoidance technology
  • Pedestrian alert technology

You can download the free manual at the New York City Government web site or by clicking here.

Of course, Zone Defense is proud to design and manufacture a full line of vision, recording, tracking, and driver training/coaching technologies.

We were suprised that Driver coaching and mobile recording technologies were not mentioned. These technologies provide great training tools to improve safety, such as:

  • Advanced driver assistance that notify your driver in real time when they need to change certain behaviors such as overspeed, harsh turning/acceleration and more.

  • Captured video of close calls in your specific industry for safety training.

Zone Defense’s modular approach to safety technology will support your efforts from start to completion and for the life of the vehicle. Whether you are just starting to implement these best practices, or are ahead of the curve and growing your fleet safety program
If you’re looking to grow your fleet safety program, contact Zone Defense at 866.672.1212 or email