Evaluation of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics in the Reuse and Recycling of Solid Materials

  • Hebert R. SilvaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


In the last century the environmental issue has become a truly global concern, linked to the problems generated by the excess waste produced by man. In this context, the Brazilian legislature, in order to reduce its environmental impact, has created stricter laws regulating the collection of recyclable material and the destination of solid waste. The objective of this study was to identify the possible occupational hazards involved in the recycling of recyclable materials, to analyze the environmental and organizational conditions of the work and to analyze the present constraints. The methodology used was typical of an Ergonomic Work Analysis (EWA), in the analysis of demand and task to identify the existing risks in the activity of sorting recyclable materials. As a result, it was verified that there are several occupational risks involved and that the cooperative performs the activities with movements and postures that can compromise the musculoskeletal system.


Human factors Ergonomics Reuse of solid materials Solidary economy Ergonomic Workplace Analysis (EWA) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Industrial Engineering, Federal University of UberlandiaItuiutabaBrazil

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