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Document ID (ISN)101265
CIS number 03-436
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Krajewski J.A., Tarkowski S., Cyprowski M., Szarapińska-Kwaszewska J., Dudkewicz B.
Title Occupational exposure to organic dust associated with municipal waste collection and management
Bibliographic information 2002, Vol.15, No.3, p.289-301. Illus. 40 ref.
Internet access 03-0436.pdf [in English]
Abstract Questionnaire responses showed that workers employed in municipal waste collection regarded noise, dustiness, odour, physical effort and changeable atmospheric conditions as the most strenuous factors. In order to evaluate exposure to organic dust, endotoxins, bacteria and fungi, air samples were collected in the workers' breathing zone. The highest dust concentrations were observed on waste collection and composting sites. Samples collected on the composting site contained the largest amount of endotoxins, followed by sorting facility and waste collection area. Gram-negative rods (primarily intestinal) were found in all samples collected at the different workposts, which justified the adoption of the air concentrations of endotoxins as a criterion for assessing their hygienic conditions. It is concluded that waste collectors and composting site workers are working in poor hygienic conditions.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; refuse collection; determination in air; waste disposal; biological hazards; organic dust
Descriptors (secondary) compost; bacteria; bacterial toxins; fungi; sampling and analysis; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; job-exposure relation; permissible levels
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Waste collection and disposal