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Document ID (ISN)102418
CIS number 03-1295
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2003
Convention or series no. INRS ND 2194-192-03
Author(s) Peltier A., Elcabache J.M.
Title Used battery waste processing: A study in specialized undertakings
Original title Traitement des déchets des piles et accumulateurs usagés - Enquête dans des entreprises spécialisées [in French]
Bibliographic information 3rd Quarter 2003, No.192, p.5-19. Illus. 11 ref.
Abstract Occupational exposures of 380 workers in fifteen enterprises specialized in the recycling of electrochemical batteries was evaluated. The survey shows that there is a high risk of lead exposure during the shredding and melting of lead batteries, a potential risk of mercury poisoning during pyrometallurgical processing, and that during the treatment of Ni-Cd batteries, air purification is not effective. The constant wearing of air purifying respirators is a measure that must remain temporary. Cadmium smoke and dust emissions need to be captured at the source. Appendices include schedules of occupational diseases caused by lead, mercury, cadmium and their compounds.
Descriptors (primary) disposal of harmful waste; nickel; mercury; cadmium; storage batteries; separating, sorting; lead
Descriptors (secondary) poisoning; air purifying respirators; survey; exposure evaluation; occupational diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Cadmium and compounds
Mercury and compounds
Nickel and compounds
Waste collection and disposal
Lead and compounds