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Document ID (ISN)29859
CIS number 78-1455
Year 1976
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Norreel F.
Title Occupational safety and health in undertakings for the collection and treatment of household refuse
Original title Hygiène et sécurité dans les entreprises de collecte et de traitement des résidus urbains. [in French]
Bibliographic information Faculté de médecine de Lille, Lille, France, 1976. 123p. 48 ref.
Abstract MD thesis. General considerations on household refuse (definition and composition; garbage collecting, transport, treatment processes, recycling); review of recognised occupational and occupation-associated diseases (tetanus, leptospirosis, dermatosis, ear, nose, throat and lung disease, backache, low back pain, gastric disorders) contracted by garbage collectors and workers engaged in refuse composting, comminution, incineration, etc. Some of these diseases have practically disappeared with progress in hygiene, and the number of accidents has decreased due to mechanisation and automation. The most hazardous operations remaining are: refuse sorting (cuts, pricks, nips) and collecting (muscular overstrain, elongation, traffic accidents). The last part of the thesis gives the results of a statistical survey of occupational accident trends in a refuse processing plant at Lille (France) (comparison with data from other French cities and France as a whole).
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; sanitation services; occupational diseases; refuse collection
Descriptors (secondary) tetanus; statistical trends; France; gastric disorders; leptospirosis; respiratory diseases; backache; dangerous work; refuse comminution; garbage composting; garbage incineration; garbage; thesis; skin diseases
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Waste collection and disposal
Water and sanitation services