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Document ID (ISN)100109
CIS number 02-1457
ISBN(s) 3-89701-676-1
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fb 920
Author(s) Neumann H.D., Mathys W., Raulf-Heimsoth M., Becker G., Balfanz J.
Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Risks of microbial exposure to employees during the collection and transport of garbage
Original title Gefährdung von Beschäftigten bei der Abfallsammlung und -abfuhr durch Keimexpositionen [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2001. 243p. Illus. 77 ref. Price: EUR 22.50.
Abstract The objective of this project was to assess the impact of separate garbage collection and handling on garbage collectors. The exposure to fungal spores, bacteria and endotoxins was determined during waste collection. The state of health of garbage collectors exposed and unexposed to organic waste was assessed by occupational health physicians. It was found that garbage collectors are generally exposed to relatively high levels of microbial emissions. However, only a small number of cases of ill health was found, and a relation between exposure and health status could not be established. Furthermore, there was no indication that the collection of organic waste involved higher health risks for garbage collectors. Several recommendations are made for reducing exposure. Detailed summary in English and French.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; occupational diseases; garbage collectors; risk factors; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) spores; report; Germany; bacteria; medical examinations; fungi; limitation of exposure; 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) Waste collection and disposal
Biological hazards