King of the Road: How Advanced Disposal Practices Safe Driving


Advanced Disposal strives to be an industry leader in promoting safe driving practices in all the communities we serve.   We train and equip our collection crew supervisors with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe while working on their route. Our drivers understand that safe driving practices protect them and everyone on the road.  Here are just a few ways Advanced Disposal is reinforcing safe driving procedures among employees.

Once Advanced Disposal hires a driver, they begin a rigorous training program that starts with five days of classroom training followed by at least ten days of on-the-job training with a qualified driver trainer. After training, only properly trained, qualified, and authorized Advanced Disposal employees are allowed to drive a company vehicle. The Smith System, a professional driver training process, is used to train drivers regarding” Space Cushion Driving,” which helps avoid collisions.  Advanced Disposal also trains employees on industry-specific hazards as well as applicable OSHA and DOT regulations. Along with training, drivers must also have clean driving records, the ability to meet DOT medical standards, and are drug-free. Each driver receives job observations from supervisors to verify that driving and work habits are consistent with company standards. In addition to this training, teams meet at least monthly if not weekly to train and discuss safety topics.

All drivers are required to obey traffic laws and drive defensively at all times.  Advanced Disposal requires company drivers to follow all the rules of the road, and to be especially attentive in school zones and where children play. Advanced Disposal prioritizes “right-side routing” to minimize hazards for employees as well as reducing turns across traffic. Advanced Disposal also prohibits “crisscrossing” or crossing the center of the street to service a customer to reduce risk to our employees.

Advanced Disposal uses several different types of technology to improve the safety performance of its fleet. One example of technology we deploy is DriveCam. The DriveCam system uses an onboard camera system which records clips or events. Sudden changes to vehicle dynamics trigger the cameras to capture 8 seconds before and 4 seconds after the trigger. We use DriveCam as a coaching tool to help drivers recognize habits that may lead to risky driving. Supervisors and managers review these videos and coach drivers on risky behavior, as well as identifying drivers in events where the driver performed admirably. In addition to the DriveCam systems, we install Global Backing Systems on the majority of our trucks to aid drivers in safe backing.  In most cases, the backing sensors provide an audible alarm for drivers while backing and will automatically engage the brakes if an object comes within six feet of the back of the truck. While this technology is helpful for backing scenarios, we also train on safe backing procedures, which includes the use of GOAL or Get Out And Look.

Along with having great waste removal and recycling services, Advanced Disposal locations are also ‘Neighborhood Certified,’ meaning employees are held to the highest safety standards.  Advanced Disposal cares about you and wants to make certain you, your family, and your neighborhood are kept as safe as possible.

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