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Workers from a wastewater treatment plant

Fact Sheet Worker Wastewater Treatment Plant 

Occupational exposures/risks

  • Biological risk
  • Aerosols, dust, vapours, chemicals (H2S, NH3)
  • External activities (summer, winter conditions, sun)
  • Work at heights, risk of falls, drowning, sliding, falls from height, electrocution, small accidents
  • Shift work
  • Noise, vibration
  • Confined spaces
  • Physical demands (position, manual handling, force)
  • Isolation conditions

Several jobs/tasks

  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Water network operator
  • Chemist
  • Lab chemist
  • Biologist
  • Mechanic, & maintenance worker
  • Electrician

Protective equipment

  • Protective clothing, raincoat, padded coat, non-skid safety shoes, high boots, helmet, gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Hearing protection
  • Facial Mask (with filter cartridge or a fresh air supply)
  • Gas Detector
  • Emergency lighting

Health demands

No relevant disorder of

  • Lung function
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Vestibular system
  • Hearing
  • View function
  • Skin
  • Physical or mental system
  • Metabolic system
  • Body weight

Medical preventive examination

  • Clinical examination
  • Spirometry (e.g. aerosols, vapours, dusts, chemicals exposure)
  • Cardiovascular function (e.g. heat or cold exposure, physical demands)
  • Otoscopy and screening audiometry, air-conduction (e.g. noise exposure, recognition of sound alarm signals)
  • Vizual function examination (risc of accidents,perception of visual alarms)
  • Locomotor system (e.g. apprehensiveness, grab, walk, climb, force, range of motion)
  • Chest X-ray (biological risk, air pollutants, aerosols)
  • Lab analizes (to diagnose different sufferings, e.g. diabetes mellitus, infections)

Occupational medical expertise

  • Risk assessment for each workplace and profession
  • Collaboration in the occupational risk management
  • Medical advice in according with the health status of each worker / group of workers (fit for work / specific activities / limits)
  • Counseling on preventive measures (ergonomic, protective equipment, workplace adjustment, work schedule, vaccination, etc.)
  • Workplace health promotion activity (topic proposals, member or coordinator of the team)