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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-056-1186, Monroe County Incinerator, Key Largo, Florida.
Williams T; Hickey JLS
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-056-1186, 1982 Sep; :1-10
Possible biohazards associated with the handling of hospital waste at the Monroe County Incinerator (SIC-4953), North Key Largo Facility, Key Largo, Florida were investigated. The incinerator employed 12 workers. The study was requested by an employee and was performed on January 6 and 7, 1981. Interviews were conducted with employees and incinerator ash was analyzed. Workers had observed blood leaking from bags onto truck beds and the incinerator floor. Grate ash contained from 0.08 to 0.12 percent volatile material. This was consistent with municipal incinerator operations. The author concludes that no biohazard was identified at the incinerator. The authors conclude that worker exposure to infectious wastes due to breakage of disposal bags because of mishandling was possible. The authors recommend that the bill enacted by the 1982 Florida Legislature be strictly observed regarding the labeling and transport of hospital waste. Access points to the ash conveyor channel should be guarded properly, and equipment to remove and convey hopper ash with minimal exposure of workers should be provided.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Employee-exposure; Waste-disposal; Work-practices; Occupational-hazards; Incinerators; HETA-82-056-1186; Region-4; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Author Keywords: incinerator; infectious waste; biohazards; hospital waste
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