PI: Dr. Nurcin Celik, UM

Safety risks embedded within solid waste management (SWM) systems continue to be a significant issue and are prevalent at every step in the SMW process. To recognize and address these occupational hazards, it is necessary to discover potential safety concerns which cause them as well as their direct and/or indirect impacts on the different types of solid waste workers. In this research, our goal is to statistically assess occupational safety risks to solid waste workers in the state of Florida. Here, we first review the literature on occupational and environmental exposures and related health outcomes in solid waste management systems. Reports are collected from several reliable sources at the national, state, and local levels from both public and private utilities (i.e., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Workers' Compensation data). In this work, the major industries generating solid wastes are introduced as recycling, incineration, landfill, and composting. Thus, the reported exposures, health impacts of these exposures, and potential risks for workers are identified for each of the abovementioned industries. Next, required data were obtained using the NAIC and SIC codes for the studied solid waste industries with permit requests that were placed to Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Worker’s Compensation for the requested workers’ compensation data. Then, multiple county-level and state-level quantitative assessments for major risks are conducted based on the data collected using a Bayesian data analysis and predictive methods. The risks estimated in this study for the period of 2005- 2012 are then compared with historical statistics (1993-1997) from previous assessment studies. Lastly, Floridian Counties are grouped in four categories based on their injury rates and recommendations are provided found on risk injury map for all Floridian Counties. Safety recommendations are provided for each category separately based on obtained data and information.

 

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