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Composition Audit

Potential Issues and How to Avoid Them

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You're ready to go! It's the day of your Composition Audit and your team is revved up and excited to sort through some Recycling and Waste. Unfortunately, not everything always goes exactly as planned. Here is a list of some potential issues you might run into on audit day and a few tips for how to prevent them!

What could possibly go wrong?

According to American businessman Alan Lakein, "failing to plan is planning to fail." We're not saying things are going to go wrong on your audit day, but we want you to be prepared in case they do.

  • Rain, rain, go away... Depending on the setup of the Endpoint in each of your divisions, your Composition Audit may take you outside to separate Refuse at some point. If it's raining (or snowing) this may put a damper on your progress very quickly. Make sure to check local forecasts before choosing your audit day. If you want to be even more proactive, have some large tents set up to keep you dry rain or shine!
  • Slips, trips & falls. When sorting your Refuse, there are several moving parts - people will be dumping bags, walking materials to their respective tarps, cleaning up as you go, etc. It is very important to make sure that pathways remain clear so that no one is at risk of hurting themselves. Also, be sure that you are working in a well-lit area so that everyone can easily see what they are doing while they are working and moving around. Some general tips to prevent falls include not carrying anything that is too heavy by yourself, making sure you can see the path you need to walk from point A to point B before moving, and staying in constant communication with the people around you. Think about how restaurant chefs and their teams work in small kitchens, and try to model that behavior.
  • Cuts, bumps & bruises. There is always the risk of injury in any activity you perform, and it is important to take proper precautions before starting this Composition Audit. Wearing all personal protective equipment (PPE), at all times, without exception is critical to ensure that no one gets hurt. You should also have a first aid kit on site at every audit you conduct.
  • "I don't feel so well..." The reality of the situation is that you are dealing with smelly, sticky, potentially very gross Refuse. Not everyone is going to handle this in the same way. Make sure that everyone is taking the breaks they need and isn't feeling too overwhelmed with the project. Also, make sure that you are conducting your audit in a well-ventilated area to allow any fumes to easily escape your workspace.

Remember! At all times you should be following all rules, regulations, policies and procedures outlined in your organization's Employee Handbook. If you aren't sure what risks you run while conducting your Composition Audit, be sure to speak with your Human Resources representative before you start auditing!

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