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Strategies for Protecting Waste Collectors' Health and Safety

환경미화원의 건강과 안전 보호를 위한 제안

Kim, Shin-bum;Ryu, Seung-Hun;Park, Dong-Uk;Lee, Yun-Keun
김신범;류승훈;박동욱;이윤근

  • Received : 2010.05.02
  • Accepted : 2010.06.23
  • Published : 2010.06.30

Abstract

Recycling is a main issue in protection of the environment and waste collection and sorting have much higher value in current recycling policies than they did previously. Waste collectors, like firefighters and policemen, are working for the public benefit, however, waste collection is more dangerous than either police or firefighting work. In the USA, waste collectors are 10 times more likely than the average worker to die on the job. Waste collectors also suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, infectious diseases and various injuries. If we truly appreciate the worth of waste collectors, we need to improve their working environment and personal hygiene. Furthermore, abolishing discrimination will be a very important step towards greater protection for waste collectors.

Keywords

waste collector;bioaerosol;infectious disease;privatization;hygiene

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