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Document ID (ISN)67173
CIS number 96-1491
ISSN - Serial title 0935-7688 - Entsorgungs-Technik
Year 1994
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nöthe M.
Title Hazards on the conveyor belt. Underestimated and hidden health hazards due to wastes
Original title Gefahr am laufenden Band. Verkannt und verborgen - Gesundheitsgefährdung durch Abfälle [in German]
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 1994, Vol.6, No.8, p.27-29. Illus.
Abstract In spite of the high degree of automation of sorting systems, hand sorting is a necessity in waste recycling plants. First results of measurements of the number concentration of bacteria in the air in workplaces where hand sorting is used yielded up to 7 million bacterial colonies/m3 air. No international or national exposure limits for microorganisms have yet been set. However, Directive 90/679/EEC on the protection of employees from biological agents at work (CIS 91-29) applies to waste recycling plants. This directive requires measures to reduce the risks due to bacteria, moulds, viruses and parasites.
Descriptors (primary) refuse; garbage processing; microorganisms; hand sorting; infectious diseases; industrial waste; pathogenic bacteria
Descriptors (secondary) moulds; viruses; biological hazards; limitation of exposure; belt conveyors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases