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Document ID (ISN)100102
CIS number 02-1456
ISBN(s) 3-89701-773-3
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 931
Author(s) Becker G., Lohmeyer M., Mathys W., Neumann H.D.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Methods for reducing the release of microorganisms during lifting processes by refuse collection vehicles
Original title Methoden zur Minderung der Keimfreisetzung bei Schüttvorgängen an Abfallsammelfahrzeugen [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. 131p. Illus. 24 ref. Price: EUR 13.50.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate garbage truck designs and methods of work aimed at reducing the exposure of garbage collectors to microorganisms. Breathing air was analysed for bioaerosols. Vehicle design parameters studied included the type of compaction system (packer plates or rotating drums), rave rail height, intake hopper depth, body design and closure system (curtain or hinged lid). A prototype suction-type aerosol interceptor was evaluated with inconclusive results, requiring further development work. Several truck design factors and lifting device types resulted in reduced levels of microbial emission. The importance of regular high-pressure water-jet cleaning of the lifting device at fortnightly intervals in stressed. Detailed summary in English and French.
Descriptors (primary) garbage collecting trucks; refuse collection; design of equipment; biological hazards; garbage collectors; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) spores; report; Germany; bacteria; high-pressure jet cleaning; fungi; aerosols; exposure evaluation; determination in air; bacterial toxins
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Road transportation
Waste collection and disposal
Biological hazards