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Document ID (ISN)110603
CIS number 10-0168
ISSN - Serial title 1433-7800 - Faktor Arbeitsschutz
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Benning C.
Title Safety during garbage collection - Health is not a disposable product
Original title Sicherheit bei der Abfallsammlung - Gesundheit ist keine Wegwerfware [in German]
Bibliographic information 2009, No.2, p.6-9. Illus. 4 ref.
Abstract Garbage collection involves a high accident risk. In Germany, one out of ten garbage collectors falls victim to an occupational accident every year resulting in an average of 20 lost workdays. The work is also strenuous, especially with regard to the ageing of the working population. This article addresses the main hazards which lead to accidents during garbage collection and their causes. New and temporary workers are especially at risk and should be trained. A qualification in the form of a "garbage collector's certificate" to be acquired before starting to work would improve the professional status.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; refuse collection; health hazards
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; noise and vibration control; responsibilities of employers; information of personnel; qualifications; occupational accidents; legal aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion
Waste collection and disposal
Reporting of occupational accidents