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Document ID (ISN)102328
CIS number 03-1240
ISBN(s) 2-551-21875-6
Year 2003
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-347
Author(s) Lavoie J., Guertin S., Verdon C.
Title Taking occupational safety and health considerations into account in the layout redesign of a recyclable waste separation centre
Original title Intégration de la santé et de la sécurité du travail lors de la conception du réaménagement d'un centre de tri de matières recyclables [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2003. 34p. Illus. 23 ref. Price: CAD 5.35.
Internet access [in French]
Abstract Centres for the separation and recovery of household waste are sources of chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic health hazards, as well as safety hazards for the workers. The objectives of this study were to determine the factors to take into account for the design and layout of new centres, as well as for the diagnosis of the current safety and health hazards in existing centres. The study involved interviews of centre managers, workplace sampling and analysis, and job observations. Recommendations included storing the waste outside the premises, installing closures at each material feed hopper, increasing lighting intensity, installing a mechanical recovery system for plastic films, installing booster cushions at the workplaces and installing deflectors or favouring work face-to-face.
Descriptors (primary) occupational safety and health; Quebec; recycling of materials; waste disposal; separating, sorting
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; design of equipment; report; carbon monoxide; carbon dioxide; moulds; nitrous oxide; bacteria; fungi; equipment layout; harmful substances; work posture; ergonomics; anthropometry; manual handling; premises; upper extremities; exposure evaluation; job study; work design; sampling and analysis; determination in air; speed of work
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal