Request for Proposals – Understanding the Injury and Fatality Risks Associated with Solid Waste Collection using Lagging Indicators

Funding Agency:
Environmental Research and Education Foundation

The solid waste industry consists of collection, treatment, and other waste remediation services (NAICS 562). Despite significant efforts to keep solid waste management workers safe through extensive training and education, there are still injuries and, unfortunately, fatalities in this industry. Sources of data that provide some information on injuries and fatalities are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), and state workers compensation. BLS provides injury and fatality data by industry, but this organization significantly limits access to the microdata. FARS data is available, but this database only includes vehicular fatalities, not injuries or fatalities that occurred from any other source. Overall, the solid waste management industry lacks comprehensive information on injuries and fatalities from both a historical and current perspective, which is necessary to guide the development of safety best management practices and technologies.

EREF has two deadlines per year for pre-proposals: Feb. 11, 2022

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Amount Description

Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to over $500,000 with the average grant being amount being $160,000.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 11, 2022