Chemical exposure for workers involved in soil remediation of industrial polluted sites

  • Teresio Marchì Servizio Prevenzione Igiene Sicurezza Ambienti Lavoro, ULSS 3 Serenissima, Venezia
  • Laura Visentin Servizio Prevenzione Igiene Sicurezza Ambienti Lavoro, ULSS 3 Serenissima, Venezia
  • Giorgio Carradori Servizio Prevenzione Igiene Sicurezza Ambienti Lavoro, ULSS 3 Serenissima, Venezia
  • Maria Gregio SISP-Unità Operativa Salute e Ambiente, ULSS 3 Serenissima, Venezia
Keywords: chemical risk assessment, soil remediation, polluted sites

Abstract

Objectives. The goal of this project is to control the exposure assessment to chemicals during the remediation activities of polluted soils.

Methods. 46 sites have been checked, that occupied 552 workers and required 85.552 hours of work. After those activities were produced 383.474 tons of waste. Exposure was measured by analysing the concentration of pollutants and by biological monitoring. To proceed with a standardized approach, we produced a methodological document "Checking procedure of remediation sites" that defines the minimum criteria to be considered in environmental and biological monitoring aimed at chemical risk assessment.

Results and conclusions. It is pointed out that the work of excavation of contaminated soil may expose workers to relevant levels of exposure to chemicals.

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Published
2020-06-11
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