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ENGAGING MUNICIPALITIES AND WATER SERVICE INSTITUTIONS ON EVALUATION OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS AT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS
Workers at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) play a pivotal role in ensuring the optimal performance of these facilities. However, due to the nature of their work which includes regular adjustments of equipment, constant evaluation of processes, general cleaning, and routine maintenance, workers are inevitably exposed to municipal wastewater, putting their health at risk. Previous research in other countries has confirmed that workers at WWTPs are potentially exposed to various microbiological hazards (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) commonly present in untreated wastewater during their normal work activities. Workers may unintentionally come into contact with wastewater through inhalation of fine wastewater droplets (bioaerosols), direct contact with wastewater, sludge, or touching contaminated tools, handrails, and other surfaces, especially if proper control measures including engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment (PPE), as advised by site-specific risk assessments, are not in place. This can result in a range of symptoms and illnesses including gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, fatigue, respiratory illnesses, skin disorders, cancers, among others. However, studies to link microbial hazards in wastewater to workers’ health outcomes have not been conducted in South Africa.

Nov 12, 2021 11:15 AM in Johannesburg

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