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Occupational Risks, Healthcare, and Well-Being of Waste Workers

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 March 2024) | Viewed by 233

Special Issue Editor

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Department of Public Health, University of Brasília, Brasilia 70910-900, Brazil
Interests: healthcare of waste workers; infectious disease; environmental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people earn their living from recycling waste. Waste picking often involves the collection, sorting, and processing of materials with little or no health and safety protection. Waste workers may work in the streets, open dumps, open waste dumps, and sorting warehouses, with each workplace presenting different degrees of risks and vulnerabilities. Workers are exposed to infectious diseases from medical waste, heavy metals, dusts, chemical vapors, and heat/cold stress, as well as falls and other injuries. These precarious work conditions are compounded by socio-economic and psychological stress and exposure to different forms of violence. Most of these workers are under informal employment without access to social protection where, on average, earnings are low, and risks are high. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining quantitative and qualitative methods for providing working, environmental, and policy solutions to help these workers around the world.

Prof. Dr. Vanessa Resende Nogueira Cruvinel
Guest Editor

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  • epidemiology
  • occupational health
  • solid waste segregation
  • waste workers
  • garbage disposal
  • toxicology
  • environmental pollution
  • waste exposures
  • waste management
  • occupational risks

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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