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Document ID (ISN)103673
CIS number 04-676
Year 2001
Convention or series no. NTP 597-2001
Author(s) Solans Lampurlanés X., Alonso Espaladé R.M., Gadea Carrera E.
Title Composting plants for waste treatment: Hygiene hazards
Original title Plantas de compostaje para el tratamiento de residuos: riesgos higiénicos [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo, Ediciones y Publicaciones, c/Torrelaguna 73, 28027 Madrid, Spain, 2001. 6p. 13 ref.
Internet access [in Spanish]
Abstract The generation of increasing quantities of municipal solid waste requires suitable waste management approaches. This information note covers the area of composting. It describes the characteristics of composting, together with the health hazards related to exposure to the biological and chemical agents formed during the composting process, and proposes prevention measures aimed at limiting these exposures. Contents: general considerations on composting; various composting systems (open or closed); description of the composting process and the main parameters that need to be considered (temperature, humidity, pH, oxygen, balance of nutrients); effects on health (organic dust toxic syndrome, gastrointestinal disorders, allergic alveolitis, invasive aspergillosis); evaluation of exposures to chemicals and biological agents; preventive measures (collective and individual protection, work organization, hygiene measures).
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; Spain; plant safety and health organization; health hazards; garbage composting
Descriptors (secondary) pulmonary aspergillosis; harmful substances; respirable dust; aerosols; gastrointestinal diseases; data sheet; exposure evaluation; personal protective equipment; biological hazards; allergic alveolitis; chemical products
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal