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Micro-Organism Exposure and Risk Assessment – Waste Collection Handlers and Drivers


Waste handling has been linked to health problems such as asthma and toxic dust syndrome. Exposure to microbial particles may be suffered not only by the workers who directly handle garbage, recyclables and compost (garbage collectors), but also by others in the industry, including truck drivers. Although drivers do not handle the material directly, microbial particles may be transferred into the truck cab.

This study assesses the micro-organism exposure and risk of waste collection workers and drivers. Using laboratory test results, we will describe the factors that contribute to the deterioration of the filters that can influence worker exposure.

 Volunteers needed for this study.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2018-0016
Status: Ongoing
  • Geneviève Marchand (IRSST)
  • Carla Viegas (Lisbon School of Health Technology (ESTeSL))
  • Loïc Wingert (IRSST)
  • Maximilien Debia (Université de Montréal)
  • Susana Viegas (Lisbon School of Health Technology (ESTeSL))
  • Liliana Caetano (Lisbon School of Health Technology (ESTeSL))