liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Working conditions at recycling centres in Sweden - Physical and psychosocial work environment
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2010 (English)In: APPLIED ERGONOMICS, ISSN 0003-6870, Vol. 41, no 3, 347-354 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The number of jobs at recycling centres are increasing, at the same time as there are indications of work environment problems. The aim of this paper was to investigate physical and psychosocial working conditions for employees at recycling centres in Sweden, to describe how they were perceived, to compare differences between subgroups, and further to identify proposals for improvement. Employees at 42 recycling centres (n = 122) responded a postal questionnaire. Of these 32 employees from 16 recycling centres were interviewed, as also their employer (n = 16). The work at recycling centres was reported to be a meaningful service job comprising many social interactions with users, but also substantial physical strain. There was a high frequency of injuries and minor injuries. Several risks were identified. There is a need for several preventive actions, e.g. better planning when building recycling centres, including better machines and equipment and more training, especially in handling hazardous waste.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 41, no 3, 347-354 p.
Keyword [en]
Accident, Injury, Psychosocial conditions, Work environment, Waste management
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54622DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2009.06.008ISI: 000275340700003OAI: diva2:305977
Available from: 2010-03-26 Created: 2010-03-26 Last updated: 2010-03-26

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Engkvist, Inga-Lill
By organisation
PhysiotherapyFaculty of Health Sciences
Engineering and Technology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 39 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link