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Document ID (ISN)109476
CIS number 09-467
ISSN - Serial title 0303-7657 - Revista brasileira de saúde ocupacional
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Campos Vasconcelos R., de Paula Antunes Lima F., Medeiros da Silveira Abreu A.C., Ribeiro Silva R.C., Camarotto J.A., Pires Murta E.
Title The "reduction" strategy and the workload of a big city garbage collectors. A case study based on Ergonomic Work Analysis
Original title A estratégia de "redução" e a carga de trabalho dos coletores de lixo domiciliar de uma grande cidade: estudo de caso baseado na Análise Ergonômica do Trabalho [in Portuguese]
Bibliographic information Jan.-June 2008, Vol.33, No.117, p.50-59. Illus. 17 ref.
Internet access http://www.fundacentro.gov.br/rbso/BancoAnexos/RBSO%20117%20Estrat%C3%A9gia%20de%20redu%C3%A7%C3%A3o.pdf [in Portuguese]
Abstract The so called "reduction" process consists in preparing garbage bags to be collected piling up intermediate stocks before they are loaded on trucks. Garbage collectors' activity was studied through Ergonomic Work Analysis, supplemented by physiological and biomechanical workload measuring. As far as work organization is concerned, it was observed that when garbage collectors adopt this strategy they improve their work rhythm; they have more possibilities to separate garbage, such as plastic bags containing glass pieces from the rest; they manage to interact more with co-workers and communicate better with local residents on better ways of garbage packing. As regards health and safety, when garbage collectors follow this process they are less liable to getting cut, to being run over, to falling down or to having quarrels with drivers, and their tasks are performed with less biomechanical load. It is concluded that the "reduction" strategy not only decreases biomechanical load and exposure to risks, but also improves residential garbage collection.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; ergonomics; physical workload; Brazil
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; pulse rate; ergonomic evaluation; work study; workload assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Ergonomics