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Document ID (ISN)76669
CIS number 01-806
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ferreira dos Santos T.L.
Ministério do Trabalho
Title Garbage collectors - The ambiguities of working in the streets
Original title Coletores de lixo - A ambigüidade do trabalho na rua [in Portuguese]
Bibliographic information Fundacentro, Rua Capote Valente 710, São Paulo, SP 05409-002, Brazil, 1999. 222p. 57 ref.
Abstract This analysis of the work of garbage collectors is based on their own accounts and impressions of their work. A characteristic of this occupation is that it takes place in the street, a public space where one is seen and recognized, which can either enhance or depreciate the workers' self-image. It consists of teamwork that needs to be carried out at a certain pace. There are many occupational health problems, including skin diseases, hearing loss, diseases of the urinary tract, leptospirosis, tetanus, AIDS, respiratory and lung diseases, and gastro-intestinal diseases. This occupation is also subject to risks of injury (dog bites, falls and trips) and can give rise to emotional or nervous stress, notably anxiety. This category of workers is also subject to acute alcoholism. The book is a thesis for a Master's Degree in Social Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo.
Descriptors (primary) human relations; work organization; refuse collection
Descriptors (secondary) tetanus; glossary; neuropsychic stress; alcoholism; leptospirosis; respiratory diseases; skin diseases; human behaviour; immunodeficiency syndrome; hearing loss; thesis; questionnaire survey; bites; personal protective equipment; work study; health hazards; falls on the level; Brazil
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Psychological factors
Alcohol and drug abuse
Bacterial and parasitic diseases