Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties

Mehrad Bastani, Delante E. Moore, Nurcin Celik

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Abstract

Waste management is one of the most dangerous industries to work for where its workers are continuously exposed to various health and safety risks ranging from musculoskeletal to dermal, to psychological. While the occupational risks that the solid waste workers are exposed to goes unnoticed by the managers and decision makers within the industry as well as the public and governmental agencies, there is not much safety measures out in place due to the lack of recommendations based on scientific studies. The State of Florida is amongst the states that have the highest injury rates among solid waste workers. In this study, we propose to assess the occupational health and safety risks for the solid waste workers in four populous Floridian counties, namely Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Duval Counties utilizing a Bayesian estimation method. The necessary data for the assessment including the worker's compensation, total population of workers, and injury rates were obtained as permit requests from several governmental sources along with their public websites. Investigation of injuries in addressed counties has shown that musculoskeletal and dermal injuries are the major hazards for solid waste (SW) workers. The results of the conducted Bayesian analysis has shown that musculoskeletal and dermal injuries are the most common ailments affecting solid waste workers in the counties studied. Furthermore, the probability distribution of the injury's means highlight the need to conduct new occupational safety initiatives in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach to reduce the preponderance of these types of injuries in those counties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages633-642
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780983762430
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 31 2014Jun 3 2014

Other

OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period5/31/146/3/14

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Occupational risks
Health risks
Solid wastes
Beaches
Health
Waste management
Probability distributions
Websites
Industry
Hazards
Managers

Keywords

  • Health and safety
  • Injuries
  • Municipal solid waste (MSW)
  • Risk evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Bastani, M., Moore, D. E., & Celik, N. (2014). Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties. In IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 (pp. 633-642). Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties. / Bastani, Mehrad; Moore, Delante E.; Celik, Nurcin.

IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2014. p. 633-642.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bastani, M, Moore, DE & Celik, N 2014, Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties. in IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. Institute of Industrial Engineers, pp. 633-642, IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014, Montreal, Canada, 5/31/14.
Bastani M, Moore DE, Celik N. Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties. In IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. Institute of Industrial Engineers. 2014. p. 633-642
Bastani, Mehrad ; Moore, Delante E. ; Celik, Nurcin. / Case studies on quantification of occupational health risks for solid waste workers in floridian counties. IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2014. pp. 633-642
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