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NIOSH factsheet: solid waste industry.
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
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.
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
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-140; B04132012
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division