Sorting waste on the path to continuous improvement

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Sorting waste on the path to continuous improvement

Le tri des déchets dans la voie de l’amélioration continue

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Case study


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The case study presents the Smictom in Alsace, which manages the collection and treatment of household waste in 90 municipalities. This establishment is constantly examining how to improve working conditions. The technical and organizational changes in collections, waste collection centers and its sorting center are aimed in particular at sparing the backs of staff in the establishment. The operations carried out within Smictom range from the removal by individuals of their bulky items at the recycling center to sorting operations for recyclable materials, including the collection of household waste. They have all benefited from measures to combat low back pain.

Le Smictom d’Alsace Centrale, qui gère la collecte et le traitement des ordures ménagères de 90 communes, mène une réflexion continue sur l’amélioration des conditions de travail. Les évolutions techniques et organisationnelles des collectes, des déchèteries et de son centre de tri visent notamment à épargner le dos des agents de l’établissement. Les opérations réalisées au sein du Smictom vont de la dépose par les particuliers de leurs encombrants à la déchèterie jusqu’aux opérations de tri des matières recyclables, en passant par la collecte des ordures ménagères. Elles ont toutes bénéficié de mesures permettant de lutter contre les lombalgies.

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Sector / Indrustry covered
Waste treatment and disposal
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Repetitive movements/work
Health effects
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
All (no specific group)
Prevention measures
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Purpose of the material
Awareness raising
Target audience
All (no specific target audience)
Priority area