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Work environment at state-of-the-art recycling centres
Linköpings universitet.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5338-0586
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recycling centres have a key role in the recycling branch. It is important that the waste is disposed in the right container to avoid pollution of the fraction. The layout of the facilities as well as the employees at the recycling centres are important to secure good sorting quality. There is a high frequency of injuries among the employees. The aim of the present study is to compare the work environment at the two new built recycling centres with improved layout, with other recycling centres in Sweden. The study population comprised all employees at 42 older recycling centres, totally 122 persons and 300 visitors, and 8 employees, and 41 visitors at two new built recycling centres. Questionnaires were used for data collection. More visitors at the two new recycling centres assessed it easy to find the right container for their waste and high quality of service compared to the first study. The employees at the new recycling centres assessed their physical tiredness lower, compared to employees at the older recycling centres. The employees had the highest risk for an injury was when picking up wrongly sorted waste and when packing manually in cages. There is still some need for improvement, especially concerning lifting and transfer equipment at the new recycling centres

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79525OAI: diva2:495594
NES 2008: 40th Nordic Ergonomics Society Annual Conference. Reykjavik, Iceland. August 11–13 2008
QC 20120510Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved

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