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Document ID (ISN)31011
CIS number 79-556
ISSN - Serial title 0300-0559 - Revue de médecine du travail
Year 1978
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lafon M., Troullieur J.C., Signouret M., Jullien G.
Title Marseilles sewermen
Original title Les égoutiers marseillais. [in French]
Bibliographic information 1978, Vol.6, No.3, p.137-142. Illus.
Abstract Working conditions of sewermen, underground and above ground, are studied in detail with their hazards: infection (tetanus, leptospiral jaundice, brucellosis, ankylostomiasis, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, viral hepatitis, common infections), chemical hazards (hydrogen sulfide, arsine, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, carbon dioxide and monoxide), combustion and explosion hazards related to use of acetylene lamp, physical factors (humidity, odours), and, especially, falls and drowning. Technical prevention measures: prohibition of a worker entering the sewer alone, ventilation of workplace before entry, air analyses, improved lighting. Medical prevention measures: pre-employment examinations centering on spinal radiography and haematological studies; tetanus and poliomyelitis vaccinations.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous work; work in sewers; sanitation services
Descriptors (secondary) fire hazards; harmful substances; explosion hazards; medical supervision; ventilation; health hazards; vaccination; artificial lighting
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Water and sanitation services
Confined spaces