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Document ID (ISN)74008
CIS number 99-1970
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ivens U.I., Ebbeh°j N., Poulsen O.M., Skov T.
Title Season, equipment and job function related to gastrointestinal problems in waste collectors
Bibliographic information Dec. 1997, Vol.54, No.12, p.861-867. 26 ref.
Abstract In a questionnaire-based study, waste collectors reported more gastrointestinal symptoms than did a control group of municipal workers. Workers collecting organic, residual and mixed household waste fractions reported more nausea than the non-exposed waste collectors. Loaders reported most nausea. The prevalence of nausea was highest in the summer followed by autumn and winter. Diarrhoea occurred most among workers collecting mixed household waste or working either as front runner or loader. The prevalence of diarrhoea was highest in the summer among those exposed to organic, residual and mixed household waste. Workers stated that the gastrointestinal symptoms were related to the smell of rotten waste. This may support the hypothesis that microbial compounds were the causal agents. Topics: diarrhoea; gastric disorders; job-exposure relation; microorganisms; questionnaire survey; refuse collection; seasonal variation; subjective assessment; summer.
Descriptors (primary) seasonal variation; gastric disorders; refuse collection
Descriptors (secondary) summer; subjective assessment; job-exposure relation; diarrhoea; questionnaire survey; microorganisms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Natural phenomena