|Document ID (ISN)||110822|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0019-8366 - Industrial Health
|Convention or series no.
||Lacey S.E., Abelmann. A., Dorevitch S.
||Exposure to human waste from spills while servicing aircraft lavatories: Hazards and methods of prevention
||Jan. 2010, Vol.48, No.1, p.123-128. Illus. 20 ref.
||Exposure_to_human_waste.pdf [in English]
||Workers service the lavatories of commercial aircraft approximately 11 million times per year in the United States and may have exposure to the spectrum of pathogenic viruses, bacteria and parasites potentially found in human waste. An industrial hygiene inspection of the workplace was conducted by an interdisciplinary occupational safety and health team, during which the tasks carried out by lavatory waste operators and supervisors were observed. Exposure to untreated waste can occur through dermal, ingestion and inhalation in quantities ranging from droplets to large spills. Several engineering and administrative measures were advised to minimize worker exposure, including the effective locking of a critical valve and a mechanism for communicating valve locking problems.
||cleaning; aircraft; air transport; biological hazards
||routes of entry; exposure evaluation; job study; limitation of exposure
||D - Periodical articles
||Transport and communications
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational exposure limits