Torben Sigsgaard

Health hazards to waste management workers in Denmark

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This paper deals with the Danish investigations of garbage recycling workers (GRW) in the beginning of the 90ties. The studies are summarized here showing a wide range of symptoms and diseases, from occupational asthma to gastrointestinal and skin symptoms. From the Danish experiences it seems that under normal circumstances with a good hygiene and use of the proper protective equipment by an educated work force, garbage handling induces a small but significant risk of occupational asthma. The majority of the asthma cases we have experienced in Denmark have been due to a poor perception of the risks related to organic dust exposure. However, there is still an increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms such as chest tightness and toxic alveolitis. Furthermore gastrointestinal and skin symptoms are more frequent among GRW compared to other blue-collar workers.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
BogserieVerein fuer Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene. Schriftenreihe
Vol/bind104
Sider (fra-til)563-8
Antal sider6
ISSN0300-8665
StatusUdgivet - 1999

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