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Document ID (ISN)100798
CIS number 02-1723
ISSN - Serial title 1529-8663 - AIHA Journal
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Betsinger G., Brosseau L.M., Golden J.
Title Occupational health and safety in household hazardous waste management facilities
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 2000, Vol.61, No.4, p.575-583. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate chemical and physical hazards at a representative group of hazardous waste management facilities. Sampling results suggest that chemical exposures are generally not a problem when chemical bulking is performed outside the facility. For facilities operating year-round, however, proper ventilation is necessary to ensure adequate control of chemical exposures when bulking is done inside the building. The most significant chemical exposures occurred when handling paint (benzene) and broken fluorescent light bulbs (mercury). Guidelines for appropriate personal protective equipment and handling of broken fluorescent light bulbs were developed as a result of this study. Materials handling was the most significant physical hazard, resulting in wrist, elbow, and back injuries. The suspected reasons for these injuries are awkward postures and repetitive motions, and should be further investigated.
Descriptors (primary) garbage processing; musculoskeletal diseases; risk factors; chemical hazards; waste disposal
Descriptors (secondary) mercury; benzene; physical workload; work posture; repetitive strain injury; ventilation; hazard evaluation; personal protective equipment; sampling and analysis; manual handling
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system