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Document ID (ISN)107927
CIS number 08-402
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2007
Convention or series no. INRS ND 2271-207-07
Author(s) Savary B., Vincent R.
Title Characterization of potential chemical risks in the treatment of various waste streams
Original title Caractérisation des risques chimiques potentiels dans quelques filières de traitement des déchets [in French]
Bibliographic information June 2007, No.207, p.59-75. Illus. 49 ref.
Internet access http://www.hst.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParReference/ND%202271/$File/ND2271.pdf [in French]
Abstract Changes in waste treatment regulations require the development of management systems specific to certain waste products, with the emergence of new processes. The aim of this study was to characterise the potential chemical risks for car waste, electric and electronic equipment waste, industrial packaging, toxic waste in dispersed quantities and feathers and down. Following a description of the processes concerned, chemical agents were identified and the number of potentially-exposed employees was estimated. Most treatment processes involve one or more manual operations before and after the waste shredding operations. In both cases, employees are exposed through the respiratory tract to liquid waste vapours or solid waste dust. Manual dismantling operations currently used for treating electrical and electronic equipment waste will not be able to meet future needs given the strong projected growth in waste volumes. Necessary mechanisation of waste treatment is likely to modify worker exposure to chemical agents in this waste processing chain.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous substances; France; chemical hazards; limitation of exposure; waste disposal; chemical products
Descriptors (secondary) mechanization; manual handling; computerized data bases; exposure evaluation; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal