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NIOSH factsheet: solid waste industry.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-140, 2012 Mar; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20040544
Abstract
The solid waste industry (Waste Management and Remediation, NAICS 562) consists of 3 groups: Collection; Treatment and Disposal; and Other Waste Remediation Services. In 2010, approximately 478,000 workers were employed in the solid waste industry with about 355,000 in private industry. About 72,500 of the private waste industry employees are classified as Refuse and Recyclable Materials Collectors (SOC 53-708) and 49,000 of these collection workers are employed by local government agencies. Occupational traumatic injury fatality data for 2003 - 2009 have been published for public and private sector workers but occupational injury and illness data for this period are available only for private sector workers. Effective health and safety programs which include hazard recognition and controls can reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and improve work conditions in the solid waste industry.
Keywords
Waste-disposal; Waste-disposal-systems; Waste-treatment; Manual-materials-handling; Materials-handling; Materials-handling-equipment; Materials-transport; Health-hazards; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Drivers; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-programs; Training; Statistical-analysis; Accident-statistics; Diseases; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Sanitation; Lost-work-days; Transportation; Truck-drivers; Motor-vehicles; Surveillance-programs
Publication Date
20120301
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2012-140; B04132012
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Services
SIC Code
NAICS-562
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV
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