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Document ID (ISN)110822
CIS number 10-0412
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lacey S.E., Abelmann. A., Dorevitch S.
Title Exposure to human waste from spills while servicing aircraft lavatories: Hazards and methods of prevention
Bibliographic information Jan. 2010, Vol.48, No.1, p.123-128. Illus. 20 ref.
Internet access Exposure_to_human_waste.pdf [in English]
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) cleaning; aircraft; air transport; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) routes of entry; exposure evaluation; job study; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Occupational exposure limits
Biological hazards
Safety devices
Cleaning work
Air transportation