National Waste & Recycling Association Hires New Director of Safety

John Haudenshield was former senior level risk manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company, others
Aug 5, 2014 1:50 PM ET

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) President and CEO Sharon H. Kneiss today welcomed John Haudenshield, NW&RA’s new director of safety. Haudenshield will work with industry stakeholders to address industry safety issues and to expand the association’s safety program.

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“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 said of Haudenshield. “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.”

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 progressive experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he also held senior level safety and risk management positions for Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Unique Industries and Cycle Systems. While with Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Diageo, John was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites, as well as across a direct store delivery sales region.

“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 said.

NW&RA 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University, 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 DOT Compliance, Driver Safety, Incident Management and Safety & Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

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