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Document ID (ISN)77287
CIS number 01-1550
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kuijer P., Frings-Dresen M., de Looze M., Visser B., van der Beek A.
Title Work situation and physical workload of refuse collectors in three different time periods
Bibliographic information Nov. 2000, Vol.26, No.5, p.509-519. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract Working conditions and health effects of garbage collectors in the city of Haarlem, The Netherlands, were studied at work, through a laboratory simulation experiment and with the help of a questionnaire. The findings were compared to those of an earlier study conducted in Haarlem in 1985, and to a national study conducted in The Netherlands in 1993. On several important parameters, such as the time carrying garbage bags or pushing containers, the amount of refuse collected and the physical workload during a working day, the results did not differ from those of earlier studies. However, the working postures and the perceived exertion of the refuse collectors in Haarlem in 1997 were more favourable than those of the refuse collectors in the national study. Proposed measures to improve working conditions and to reduce physical workload include task rotation, effective work-rest schedules and the redesign of two-wheeled containers.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; conditions of work; physical workload
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Netherlands; work posture; comparative study; questionnaire survey; ergonomic evaluation; design of equipment; work-rest schedules
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal