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Document ID (ISN)110771
CIS number 10-0416
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Engkvist I.L.
Title Working conditions at recycling centres in Sweden - Physical and psychosocial work environment
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.347-354. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate physical and psychosocial working conditions for employees at recycling centres in Sweden, to describe how they were perceived, to compare differences between subgroups, and further to identify proposals for improvement. The study population comprised 122 employees of 42 recycling centres which responded a postal questionnaire. Of these, 32 employees from 16 recycling centres were interviewed, as well as their employer. The work at recycling centres was reported to be a meaningful service job comprising many social interactions with users, but also substantial physical strain. There was a high frequency of injuries and minor injuries. Several risks were identified. There is a need for several preventive actions, including better planning when building recycling centres, better machines and equipment, and more training, especially in handling hazardous waste.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; conditions of work; waste disposal; recycling of materials; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) heavy work; musculoskeletal diseases; injuries; manual lifting; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; disposal of harmful waste
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Psychological factors