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Document ID (ISN)103774
CIS number 05-102
ISSN - Serial title 0303-7657 - Revista brasileira de sa˙de ocupacional
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Miglioransa M.H., da Rosa L.C., Perin C., Ramos G.Z., Fossati G.F., Stein A.
Title Epidemiologic study of garbage sorting workers
Original title Estudo epidemiolˇgico dos coletores de lixo seletivo [in Portuguese]
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.28, No.107/108, p.19-28. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract In this study, the personal and occupational characteristics of workers of two waste disposal enterprises in Brazil (A and B) assigned to garbage sorting were examined, and the main types of accidents and injuries affecting these workers were described. A questionnaire was given to 50 randomly-selected workers in each enterprise. The average age of the workers was 34 years in enterprise A and 22 years in enterprise B. 66% of the workers in enterprise B had less than five years of tenure, whereas in enterprise A, 95% had been employed for more than five years. Injury rates were very high, 90% in enterprise A and 46.6% in enterprise B. The most affected body parts were the lower extremities, followed by the upper extremities and the spinal column. Workers at neither enterprise wore the personal protective equipment required for this activity, which could explain the relatively high injury rates.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; injuries; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) Brazil; musculoskeletal diseases; frequency rates; personal protective equipment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal