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  1. Ethical issues in worker productivity. (United States)

    Forst, Linda; Levenstein, Charles


    Occupational health has always operated at the intersection of corporate economic concerns and worker health. Conflicting demands on the loyalty of occupational health professionals by the interests of labor and industry have made negotiating this minefield an essential part of the practice of occupational medicine. In recent years, occupational health professionals have found themselves increasingly required to rationalize worker health measures with economic arguments. This has led to physician engagement in the realm of defining and measuring worker productivity. Ethical guidelines that hold worker health as a top priority are critical in preserving the responsibility of occupational physicians to their patients.

  2. Evaluation of warehouse workers productivity


    Štěpánková, Anna


    The aim of this diploma thesis is to create a new system to measure and evaluate the productivity of warehouse processes in Euromedia books wholesale warehouse. The Warehouse management system (WMS) is implemented in the warehouse, so the company has information about processes within warehouse. However, the system does not have any tool to measure and report the productivity of individual workers and shifts. So the manager of the warehouse does not have enough data for efficient human resour...

  3. Healthy and productive workers

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    Ammendolia, Carlo; Côté, Pierre; Cancelliere, Carol


    and stakeholder experience. This was then systematically operationalized into a program using discussion groups and consensus among experts and stakeholders. RESULTS: The top health problem impacting our workplace partner was mental health. Depression and stress were the first and second highest cause...... of productivity loss respectively. A multi-pronged program with detailed action steps was developed and directed at key stakeholders and health conditions. For mental health, regular sharing focus groups, social networking, monthly personal stories from leadership using webinars and multi-media communications......, expert-led workshops, lunch and learn sessions and manager and employee training were part of a comprehensive program. Comprehensive, specific and multi-pronged strategies were developed and aimed at encouraging healthy behaviours that impact presenteeism such as regular exercise, proper nutrition...

  4. Factors Affecting the Productivity of Government Workers

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    Jerry P. Haenisch


    Full Text Available While there have been a variety of studies concerning government worker motivation and productivity, few, if any, studies have focused specifically on state government workers’ perceptions about what factors affect their productivity. With more than 5 million workers employed by state governments in the United States, any improvement in state workplace productivity could have significant financial and service impact for society. In this study, state government workers identified those factors perceived as most affecting their workplace productivity. Data were collected through a survey offered to state government workers in the state of Wyoming. Factor analysis was used to derive key productivity factors from survey responses. The results indicate that state government workers appreciate having freedom and autonomy, like their jobs and the sense of achievement, and welcome teamwork, but feel limited by poor supervision and management, poor communications, and insufficient budgets and staffing. To improve productivity, the workers would eliminate bureaucracy, supervise better, and improve communication.

  5. Demotivating factors influencing rubber production workers

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    Mohammad Reza Iravani


    Full Text Available Motivation is one of the most important factors influencing workers' productivity. An increase in workers' motivation could add more value to organizations' structure and influence the profitability, significantly. In this paper, we study different factors on demotivating workers using questionnaire consist of various questions. The questionnaire is distributed among some employees who work for rubber production units located in Esfahan, Iran. The results of this survey indicate that discrimination on annual job compensation, entrusting responsibilities and unpleasant relationship with family partner are some of the most important factors influencing employees' motivation. While financial factors play important role on increasing employees' motivation, non-financial factors are considered more important.

  6. The mechanism and pathway of the ozonation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous solution

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    PI; Yunzheng


    The removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol by ozonation was studied, and the reaction mechanism and characteristic of ozonation of 4-chlorophenol were investigated. Ozone and hydroxyl radicals are two strong oxidants during the process of ozonation. The experimental results showed that when there was no scavenger to inhibit OH· radicals, an intermediate product, hydrogen peroxide was formed during the ozonation of 4-chlorophenol. Hydrogen peroxide reacted with ozone at neutral pH and produced hydroxyl radicals. Ozone at the dosage of 113 mg/L could remove 20 mg/L4-chlorophenol and 39% TOC. With the complete inhibition of hydroxyl radicals, molecular ozone could effectively destroy 4-chlorophenol to form 4-quinone, which was subsequently oxidized to formic acid and oxalic acid. Two reaction pathways of the degradation of 4-chlorophenol by ozone and O3/OH· were proposed in this study. Ozonation is an effective method for reducing 4-chlorophenol,and has potential to practical application.

  7. Enhancement of 4-chlorophenol biodegradation using glucose

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    Tarighian, Alireza; Hill, Gordon; Headley, John [Division of Environmental Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 105 Maintenance Road, S7N 5C5, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Pedras, Soledad [Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan, 110 Science Place, S7N 5C9, Saskatoon, SK (Canada)


    Toxic, xenobiotic chemicals present challenging problems for the environment since they are normally resistant to biodegradation. Sometimes it is possible to induce biodegradation activity by the use of growth cosubstrates. In this study, pure solutions and binary mixtures of glucose, phenol and 4-chlorophenol have been metabolized in batch cultures by a pure strain of Pseudomonas putida. Following a lag period during which slow growth and low production of biomass occurred, phenol was metabolized according to the Monod model. Glucose was also metabolized according to the Monod model but exponential growth commenced immediately after inoculation with no noticeable lag phase. Biokinetic behavior for growth on a mixture of phenol and glucose paralleled the behavior on individual substrates with simultaneous consumption of both substrates. 4-chlorophenol was not consumed as a sole substrate by Pseudomonas putida but was consumed as a cometabolite with either glucose or phenol acting as the primary growth cosubstrate. Surprisingly, glucose was found to be the superior growth cosubstrate, suggesting that inexpensive sugars can be used to enhance the biodegradation of chlorophenol-contaminated sites. Glucose and the excreted metabolic products of the biodegradation process, including a bright yellow pigment, demonstrated negligible toxicity towards Artemia salina, unlike the phenol and 4-chlorophenol substrates. (orig.)

  8. Degradation of chlorophenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, two representative textile chemicals, in water by advanced oxidation processes: the state of the art on transformation products and toxicity. (United States)

    Karci, Akin


    Advanced oxidation processes based on the generation of reactive species including hydroxyl radicals are viable options in eliminating a wide array of refractory organic contaminants in industrial effluents. The assessment of transformation products and toxicity should be, however, the critical point that would allow the overall efficiency of advanced oxidation processes to be better understood and evaluated since some transformation products could have an inhibitory effect on certain organisms. This article reviews the most recent studies on transformation products and toxicity for evaluating advanced oxidation processes in eliminating classes of compounds described as "textile chemicals" from aqueous matrices and poses questions in need of further investigation. The scope of this paper is limited to the scientific studies with two classes of textile chemicals, namely chlorophenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, whose use in textile industry is a matter of debate due to health risks to humans and harm to the environment. The article also raises the critical question: What is the state of the art knowledge on relationships between transformation products and toxicity?

  9. Plasma dioxin levels and cause-specific mortality in an occupational cohort of workers exposed to chlorophenoxy herbicides, chlorophenols and contaminants

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    Boers, D.; Portengen, L.; Turner, W.E.; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H.B.; Heederik, D.; Vermeulen, R.


    BACKGROUND: We recently reported increased risks for all cancers and urinary cancers in workers exposed to chlorophenoxy herbicides using data from the Dutch herbicide cohort study. These risks could not be linked to the qualitative exposure proxies available. Here, we re-investigate exposure-respon

  10. Morbidity profile of steel pipe production workers

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    Pandit Kirti


    Full Text Available Objective: To study the different morbid conditions among steel pipe producing workers. Methods: The present cross-sectional study has been carried out among the workers of one of the steel pipes and tubes manufacturing factory of Gujarat. Hundred workers from the four major departments of the steel pipe production plant, namely welding, pressing machine, X-ray welding and loading/transportation department were covered. The information regarding demographic, occupational, clinical characteristics and diagnosis were recorded on a pre-designed proforma. Statistical analysis included calculation of percentages and proportions and was carried out using the statistical software Epi Info Version 3.3.2. Results: The mean age of the study subjects was found to be 38.7±7.1 years. The mean duration of exposure was found to be 9.0±3.4 years. Forty-four percent of the subjects had an upper respiratory tract infection, as evidenced by symptoms like dry cough, cough with rhinitis and cough with fever. Symptoms suggestive of allergic bronchitis were observed in 12% of the subjects while symptoms suggestive of heat stress such as prickly heat, dehydration, perspiration and pyrexia were observed in 13% of the subjects.

  11. Ergonomics study for workers at food production industry

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    Mohd Fazi Hamizatun


    Full Text Available The health constraint faced by production workers affects the quality of the work. The productivity of the workers is affected by the Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WMSD which limits the movement of the workers. The comfort workplace condition, known as ergonomic environment is important to prevent the occurrence of the WMSD. Proper ergonomic workplace considers the condition of the workers while doing the assigned work. The objectives of this study are to identify the current problems related to ergonomic in food production process, to analyse the actual production data by using Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA and Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA and to recommend the ergonomic workplace environment based on the condition of the study. The study was done at a Small and Medium Enterprises (SME food production company in the Klang Valley of Malaysia. The condition of the workers affects the productivity of the company due to workers’ health deficiency. From the findings, the workers are exposed to the awkward postures which leads to the Work-Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs. Besides, the best height of the worker at the study area (critical area to prevent the worker from WMSDs is within 155 cm to 160 cm. The results show that the workers are exposed to the WMSD in different level of risks which causes high absenteeism among the workers.

  12. [Respiratory diseases in metallurgy production workers]. (United States)

    Shliapnikov, D M; Vlasova, E M; Ponomareva, T A


    The authors identified features of respiratory diseases in workers of various metallurgy workshops. Cause-effect relationships are defined between occupational risk factors and respiratory diseases, with determining the affection level.

  13. Workers' Well-Being and Productivity: The Role of Bargaining. (United States)

    Mayer, Jean


    Bargaining that makes available facilities for satisfaction of workers' basic needs can contribute to increased productivity, which in turn enhances competitiveness. Such bargaining can be an effective means of extending and reinforcing national economic planning. (SK)

  14. Enzymatically mediated incorporation of 2-chlorophenol 4-chlorophenol into humic acids

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    Lassen, P.; Randall, A.; Jørgensen, O.;


    A possible route to chlorinated humic substances in the environment, is an indirect chlorination of humic material by enzymatically mediated incorporation of low molecular weight organo-chlorine compounds into the humic skeleton. The enzymatically mediated incorporation of 2-chlorophenol and 4-ch......-chlorophenol into humic acids by Horseradish Peroxidase is reported. The incorporation is accompanied by a significant polymerization of the chlorophenols. The stability of the chlorinated humic acids as well as the environmental implication are discussed....

  15. [Evaluating occupational health risk in titanium alloys production workers]. (United States)

    Bazarova, E L


    The authors present data on evaluation of personified and non-personified occupational risk of health disorders in titanium alloys production workers, concerning hygienic, medical and biologic, social and psychologic criteria. One-digit assessment of the work conditions is suggested.

  16. [External respiration parameters in workers engaged in synthetic detergents production]. (United States)

    Makhon'ko, M N; Trubetskov, A D


    The study covers results of thorough clinical and functional examination of workers engaged into contemporary chemical production. The authors studied effects caused in immunity parameters, respiratory organs and skin by sensitizing and irritating chemicals. Findings are that the most significant changes in external respiration parameters and high predisposition to respiratory diseases are associated with specific sensitizing to industrial allergen and with higher IgE levels.

  17. Photocatalytic efficiency of iron oxides: Degradation of 4-chlorophenol (United States)

    Bakardjieva, Snejana; Stengl, Vaclav; Subrt, Jan; Houskova, Vendula; Kalenda, Petr


    The photocatalytic activity of ferrihydrite Fe5O7(OH)×4H2O synthesized by homogeneous precipitation with urea and products obtained by calcinations of as-precipitated ferrihydrite at different temperatures (200 1000 °C) was studied. The microstructure and surface properties of raw precipitate and all heated samples were characterized by means of HRTEM, SEM, BET/BJH and RTG analyses. Kinetics of disappearance of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in aqueous solution was used as a test reaction. We have found that hematite Fe2O3 obtained at 1000 °C exhibited satisfied photocatalytic efficiency on the degradation of 4-CP.

  18. Electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol using a novel Pd/C gas-diffusion electrode

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    Wang, Hui; Wang, Jianlong [Laboratory of Environmental Technology, Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)


    Pd/C catalyst was prepared by hydrogen reduction method and used for the Pd/C gas-diffusion electrode. It was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques. The electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol was investigated in a diaphragm electrolysis device, by two different feeding gas modes, using the Pd/C gas-diffusion electrode and the carbon/polytetrafluoroethylene (C/PTFE) gas-diffusion electrode as a cathode, respectively. The results indicated that Pd particles with an average size of 4.0 nm were highly dispersed in the activated carbon with an amorphous structure; Pd content on the surface of the Pd/C catalyst reached 1.3 at.%. Furthermore, feeding with hydrogen gas firstly and then with air was in favor of improving 4-chlorophenol removal efficiency. The Pd/C gas-diffusion cathode can not only reductively dechlorinate 4-chlorophenols by feeding hydrogen gas, but also accelerate the two-electron reduction of O{sub 2} to hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) by feeding air. Therefore, the removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol by using the Pd/C gas-diffusion cathode was better than that of the C/PTFE gas-diffusion cathode. And both the removal efficiency and the dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol reached about 100% after 60 min, and the average removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol in terms of chemical oxygen demand (COD) exceeded 70% after 120 min. The analysis of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) identified that phenol was the dechlorination product, and hydroquinone, benzoquinone, maleic, fumaric, crylic, malonic, oxalic, acetic and formic acids were the main oxidation intermediates. A reaction pathway involving all these intermediates was proposed. (author)

  19. The relationship between worker satisfaction and productivity in a repetitive industrial task. (United States)

    Shikdar, Ashraf A; Das, Biman


    The objective of this investigation was to determine the manner by which production standards or goals, performance or production feedback and monetary or wage incentive affected or moderated the relationship between worker satisfaction and productivity in a repetitive production task in a fishing industry. The industrial study was conducted to measure worker satisfaction and productivity under various experimental conditions involving production standards, performance feedback and monetary incentive. Only the participative standard and performance feedback condition affected the worker satisfaction-productivity relationship significantly for the fish-trimming task. The positive correlation coefficient (0.87) for this condition was found to be highly significant. This has an important implication for setting a strategy for achieving higher worker satisfaction and productivity in such an industry. Production standards with feedback generally improved worker satisfaction and productivity. Monetary incentive further improved worker performance but added no incremental satisfaction gain. The incorporation of production standards, performance feedback and monetary incentive affected worker satisfaction and productivity differently and this had an effect on the worker satisfaction-productivity relationship. In an earlier laboratory study, no significant worker satisfaction-productivity relationship was found when subjects (college students) were provided with similar experimental conditions.

  20. [Changes in the forms of industrial production and their effects on workers' health]. (United States)

    Fernandes, Rita de Cássia Pereira; Assunção, Ada Avila; Carvalho, Fernando Martins


    This study aimed to identify determinants of health in workers of plastic industries. Production organization, machinery from maintenance and productive areas, and workers' characteristics of 14 plastic industries from Greater Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, were described. Data were collected about development policy of each company; marketing, operational procedures; production and quality requirements, and formal rules of work organization. High strain management techniques for production time reduction have been implemented. The increase of work rhythm, reduction of break time, and a situation of high cognitive demand impose to workers anomalous body positioning for performing tasks that imply repetitive movements. Physical and psychosocial demands (repetitive work, lower control of the worker on his own tasks, time pressure and job dissatisfaction) compose a complex of conditions adverse to workers' health. Changes in production management, personnel and business impose new strains into the development of task by the workers and bringing in new risk factors to workers' health.

  1. Cytogenetic characteristics of herbicide production workers in Ufa. (United States)

    Kaioumova, D F; Khabutdinova, L Kh


    In the present study, we investigated the effect of dioxin-containing products on the cytogenetic characteristics of peripheral blood lymphocytes of herbicide plant workers in Ufa. We found that the mean incidence of cells with chromosomal abberations (CHA) was two fold higher in the herbicide plant workers than the mean incidence level of controls groups consisting of people with no professional contact to herbicides or hospital stuff working in the close vicinity of the herbicide plant in Ufa (for both cases: p < 0.05). Moreover, the mean CHA cell incidence in the controls groups was also two times higher than the average level of spontaneous abberations in humans. The chemical herbicides 2,4,5-trichlorphenol (2,4,5-T) and 2,4-dichlorophenoxiacetic acid (2,4-D) appeared to affect various cellular cycle phases. Chromosomal type abberations occurred in the G0 stage of cellular cycle and chromatic type aberrations in the G2 stage. In the S stage, the aberrations of both types were observed. Our results indicate that the herbicides 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D have mutagenic effects in humans.

  2. Improving productivity and welfare among workers of small and household textile and garment units in India

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    Sanjay RODE


    Full Text Available Global Production System has changed remarkably over the period of time. In order to cope up with the change in the nature and type of production, the small and household garment and textile units are employing the younger and skilled labor force. The workers in these units are employed on the contract, causal and temporary basis. They are not given the different benefits as applicable to the large scale unit workers. Such workers are employed more hours and weekly holidays are not given to them. The small and household units are simply maximizing their interest and profit. Such capitalist nature of productive activities makes the labor worse. They are given less wages and classified as unskilled workers. Workers are not given proper training and security of work by these units. Their access to productive assets and standard of living is low as compare to the large unit’s workers. In order to improve the workers conditions, minimum wage should be given to all workers in small and household units. Such units must maintain their annual records of transactions. Small and household units must send their workers for compulsory training. Work place environment, minimum hours of work are required to regulate in these sectors. Immediate steps will have positive impact on workers earning and standard of living. It will help for further productivity enhancement.

  3. Rapid dechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solution by [Ni|Cu] microcell

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    Yin, Lifeng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Dai, Yunrong, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Niu, Junfeng, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Bao, Yueping, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Shen, Zhenyao, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rapid dechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solution can be achieved by [Ni|Cu] mixture. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The decomposition rates of chlorophenols by [Ni|Cu] were decuple of that by [Fe|Ni], [Fe|Cu], [Zn|Cu], or [Sn|Cu]. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni{sup 0} acts as an indirect reductant and catalyst in dechlorination reaction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The H* corridor mechanism from Ni to Cu is proposed based on hydrogen spillover. - Abstract: The [Ni|Cu] microcell was prepared by mixing the Ni{sup 0} and Cu{sup 0} particles. The composition and crystal form were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope. The results evidenced the zero-valence metals Ni and Cu were exposed on the surface of particles mixture. The [Ni|Cu] microcell was employed to decompose chlorophenols in aqueous solution by reductive dechlorination. The dechlorination rates of chlorophenols by [Ni|Cu] were >10 times faster than those by [Fe|Cu], [Zn|Cu], [Sn|Cu], and [Fe|Ni] mixtures under the same conditions. [Ni|Cu] is different from other zero valent metals (ZVMs) in that it performed the best at neutral pH. The main products of chlorophenol dechlorination were cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone. The reduction kinetics was between pseudo zero-order and first-order, depending on the pH, concentration, and temperature. These results, combined with electrochemical analysis, suggested that Ni{sup 0} acted as a reductant and catalyst in dechlorination reaction. The H* corridor mechanism from Ni{sup 0} to Cu{sup 0} was also proposed based on hydrogen spillover. The inhibition on the release of Ni{sup 2+} by adding natural organic matters and adjusting pH was investigated.

  4. Reductive Dechlorination of p-Chlorophenol by Nanoscale Iron

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    To investigate reductive dechlorination of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) by nanoscale Fe0 under different conditions.Methods Nanoscale Fe0 was synthesized by using reductive method. 4-CP and its intermediate products were analyzed by HPLC. Chlorine ion was quantified with DX-100 ion chromatograph. Nano-iron particles were observed under a FEI Quanta 200 FEG environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM).Results The size of the particles was in the range of 10-100 nm. The nano-iron particles could reduce 4-CP effectively. The initial concentration of 4-CP increased with the decrease of the relative degradation rate,whereas the reduced amount of 4-CP increased. Temperature could influence both the dechlorination rate and the reaction pathway. Moreover,the stability and durability of nanoscale Fe0 was evaluated through batch studies over extended periods of time.Conclusion The nanoscale Fe0 can be used for sustainable treatment of contaminants in groundwater.

  5. Education and Knowledge Production in Workers' Struggles: Learning to Resist, Learning from Resistance (United States)

    Choudry, Aziz; Bleakney, David


    Trade unions and other sites of community-labour organizing such as workers centres are rich, yet contested spaces of education and knowledge production in which both non-formal and informal / incidental forms of learning occur. Putting forward a critique of dominant strands of worker education, the authors ask what spaces exist for social…

  6. Recovery and recurrence of mental sickness absence among production and office workers in the industrial sector

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    Norder-Kuper, Giny; Bultmann, Ute; Hoedeman, Rob; de Bruin, Johan; van der Klink, Jac J. L.; Roelen, Corne A. M.


    Background: Manual workers in the public sector have previously been found to be at risk of mental sickness absence (SA). As the impact of mental illness differs across economic sectors, this study investigated mental SA in the industrial sector, differentiating between office and production workers

  7. Workers' postural conditions in the charcoal production proccess based on vertical metallic cylynders. (United States)

    Maia, Ivana Márcia Oliveira; Francisco, Antonio Carlos de


    Considering the importance of posture to the workers' health in the production of charcoal, this paper presents an ergonomic research based on a biomechanical focus that aims to evaluate the posture adopted by these workers on the production of charcoal in vertical metallic cylinders. Thus, it was verified the incidence of pain and/or musculoskeletal injuries to these workers. Also, it was evaluated the weight carried by them and the positions taken in their daily tasks. Applying the Ergonomic Analysis of Labor, the data collection was done by directly observing the workers, registering images, by interviews, and posture analysis based on the OWAS method. The main results of the research show that there are postures with risks in the four levels of musculoskeletal injuries classified by OWAS, concluding that the method is imperative for ergonomic recommendations for minimization or eradication of suffering injury and worker's postural constraints.

  8. [Skin diseases among workers engaged into copper-nickel and aluminium production in Far North]. (United States)

    Nikitina, N Iu; Petrenko, O D; Isakova, T N


    The article covers materials obtained in study of skin diseases in workers engaged into non-ferrous metals production. The authors specified suggestions on prevention of metal allergies among major professions of metallurgy complex in Far North.

  9. 75 FR 41898 - Slash Support, Inc. Gamehouse Products Support Workers South Jordan, UT; Notice of Revised... (United States)


    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Slash Support, Inc. Gamehouse Products Support Workers South Jordan, UT; Notice of Revised Determination on Reconsideration By application dated March 25, 2010,...

  10. 75 FR 453 - FLSMidth, Inc., Cement Division, Product Engineering, Including On-Site Leased Workers of Aerotek... (United States)


    ...., Cement Division, Product Engineering, Including On-Site Leased Workers of Aerotek Contract Engineering..., applicable to workers of FLSmidth, Inc., Cement Division, Product Engineering, including on-site leased...-site leased workers from Clarke Consulting, Inc. were also employed on-site at FLSmidth, Inc.,...

  11. Synthesis of Pd nanoparticles decorated with graphene and their application in electrocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol. (United States)

    Bian, Zhao-Yong; Bian, Yu; Wang, Hui; Ding, Ai-Zhong


    Pd/graphene catalysts were prepared in situ from graphite oxide and palladium salts by the hydrogen-reduction method and were then used for the construction of Pd/graphene gas-diffusion electrodes (GDE). The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) techniques. In the Pd/graphene catalysts, Pd particles, with an average size of 3.6 nm and an amorphous structure, were highly dispersed in the graphene. The Pd/graphene catalysts accelerated the two-electron reduction of O2 to H2O2 by feeding air, which favors the production of hydroxyl radicals (HO*). In the electrolytic system, HO* was determined in the reaction mixture by the electron spin resonance spectrum (ESR). The dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol reached approximately 90.5% after 80 min, and the removal efficiency and the average removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol, in terms of total organic carbon (TOC) after 120 min, reached approximately 93.3% and 85.1%, respectively. Furthermore, based on the analysis of electrolysis intermediates by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ion chromatography (IC), a reaction scheme was proposed for the Pd/grapheme GDE catalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol.

  12. Does the Unemployement Benefit Institution Affect the Productivity of Workers? Evidence from a Field Experiment

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    Blanco, M.; Dalton, P.S.; Vargas, J.F.


    Abstract: We investigate whether and how the type of unemployment bene t institution affects productivity. We designed a field experiment to compare workers' productivity under a welfare system, where the unemployed receive an unconditional monetary transfer, with their productivity under a workfare

  13. Motivation of workers of specific production in a small firm


    Navrátilová, Hana


    The thesis is dealing with the motivation of human resources in a small firm producing the specialized medical equipment. The aim is to analyse the actual situation of a motivation stucture and work satisfaction through the use of an empirical research and to suggest recommendations for the improvement of this area of the company's human resource management. The theoretical part characterizes a question of work motivation, system of assessment and remuneration of workers including employee be...

  14. Worker productivity and ventilation rate in a call center: Analyses of time-series data for a group of workers

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    Fisk, William J.; Price, Phillip; Faulkner, David; Sullivan, Douglas; Dibartolomeo, Dennis; Federspiel, Cliff; Liu, Gang; Lahiff, Maureen


    In previous studies, increased ventilation rates and reduced indoor carbon dioxide concentrations have been associated with improvements in health at work and increased performance in work-related tasks. Very few studies have assessed whether ventilation rates influence performance of real work. This paper describes part one of a two-part analysis from a productivity study performed in a call center operated by a health maintenance organization. Outside air ventilation rates were manipulated, indoor air temperatures, humidities, and carbon dioxide concentrations were monitored, and worker performance data for advice nurses, with 30-minute resolution, were analyzed via multivariate linear regression to look for an association of performance with building ventilation rate, or with indoor carbon dioxide concentration (which is related to ventilation rate per worker). Results suggest that the effect of ventilation rate on worker performance in this call center was very small (probably less than 1%) or nil, over most of the range of ventilation rate experienced during the study (roughly 12 L s{sup -1} to 48 L s{sup -1} per person). However, there is some evidence suggesting performance improvements of 2% or more when the ventilation rate per person is very high, as indicated by indoor CO{sub 2} concentrations exceeding outdoor concentrations by less than 75 ppm.

  15. Worker health is good for the economy: union density and psychosocial safety climate as determinants of country differences in worker health and productivity in 31 European countries. (United States)

    Dollard, Maureen F; Neser, Daniel Y


    Work stress is recognized globally as a social determinant of worker health. Therefore we explored whether work stress related factors explained national differences in health and productivity (gross domestic product (GDP)). We proposed a national worker health productivity model whereby macro market power factors (i.e. union density), influence national worker health and GDP via work psychosocial factors and income inequality. We combined five different data sets canvasing 31 wealthy European countries. Aggregated worker self-reported health accounted for 13 per cent of the variance in national life expectancy and in national gross domestic product (GDP). The most important factors explaining worker self-reported health and GDP between nations were two levels of labor protection, macro-level (union density), and organizational-level (psychosocial safety climate, PSC, i.e. the extent of management concern for worker psychological health). The majority of countries with the highest levels of union density and PSC (i.e., workplace protections) were Social Democratic in nature (i.e., Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway). Results support a type of society explanation that social and economic factors (e.g., welfare regimes, work related policies) in concert with political power agents at a national level explain in part national differences in workplace protection (PSC) that are important for worker health and productivity. Attention should be given across all countries, to national policies to improve worker health, by bolstering national and local democratic processes and representation to address and implement policies for psychosocial risk factors for work stress, bullying and violence. Results suggest worker health is good for the economy, and should be considered in national health and productivity accounting. Eroding unionism may not be good for worker health or the economy either.

  16. Do ergonomics improvements increase computer workers' productivity?: an intervention study in a call centre. (United States)

    Smith, Michael J; Bayehi, Antoinette Derjani


    This paper examines whether improving physical ergonomics working conditions affects worker productivity in a call centre with computer-intensive work. A field study was conducted at a catalogue retail service organization to explore the impact of ergonomics improvements on worker production. There were three levels of ergonomics interventions, each adding incrementally to the previous one. The first level was ergonomics training for all computer users accompanied by workstation ergonomics analysis leading to specific customized adjustments to better fit each worker (Group C). The second level added specific workstation accessories to improve the worker fit if the ergonomics analysis indicated a need for them (Group B). The third level met Group B requirements plus an improved chair (Group A). Productivity data was gathered from 72 volunteer participants who received ergonomics improvements to their workstations and 370 control subjects working in the same departments. Daily company records of production outputs for each worker were taken before ergonomics intervention (baseline) and 12 months after ergonomics intervention. Productivity improvement from baseline to 12 months post-intervention was examined across all ergonomics conditions combined, and also compared to the control group. The findings showed that worker performance increased for 50% of the ergonomics improvement participants and decreased for 50%. Overall, there was a 4.87% output increase for the ergonomics improvement group as compared to a 3.46% output decrease for the control group. The level of productivity increase varied by the type of the ergonomics improvements with Group C showing the best improvement (9.43%). Even though the average production improved, caution must be used in interpreting the findings since the ergonomics interventions were not successful for one-half of the participants.

  17. Does the Unemployement Benefit Institution Affect the Productivity of Workers? Evidence from a Field Experiment



    Abstract: We investigate whether and how the type of unemployment bene t institution affects productivity. We designed a field experiment to compare workers' productivity under a welfare system, where the unemployed receive an unconditional monetary transfer, with their productivity under a workfare system, where the transfer is received conditional on the unemployed spending some time on ancillary activities. First, we fi nd that having an unemployment bene fit institution, regardless of whe...


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    Marlene Escher Boger


    Full Text Available Introduction-The otoacoustic emissions test has been highlighted by thepossibility of detecting early cochlear changes resulting from exposureto noise, not identifiedby audiometry.Objective: To evaluate the distortion product otoacoustic emissions innormal-hearing workers exposed to occupational noise.Method: This was a cross-sectionalstudy in steel mills of the Federal District, in which it was evaluated by means of productotoacoustic emissions Distortion, workers of both sexes, aged between 18 and 35 years,thresholds audibility at or below 25 dB HL without hearing impairment.Results: We foundsignificant changes in otoacoustic emissionsin both ears. In the amplitude and signal/noiseratio was observed that the higher the frequency the lower the averages found in otoacousticemissions. How often is the worst records of 6 KHz.Conclusion: The otoacoustic emissionsdistortion product in normal-hearing workers reveal cochlear changes could detect theappearance of the lesion in outer hair cells.

  19. Neurobehavioral approach for evaluation of office workers' productivity: The effects of room temperature

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    Lan, Li; Lian, Zhiwei; Pan, Li [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Ye, Qian [Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Shanghai 200041 (China)


    Indoor environment quality has great influence on worker's productivity, and how to assess the effect of indoor environment on productivity remains to be the major challenge. A neurobehavioral approach was proposed for evaluation of office workers' productivity in this paper. The distinguishing characteristic of neurobehavioral approach is its emphasis on the identification and measurement of behavioral changes, for the influence of environment on brain functions manifests behaviorally. Therefore worker's productivity can be comprehensively evaluated by testing the neurobehavioral functions. Four neurobehavioral functions, including perception, learning and memory, thinking, and executive functions were measured with nine representative psychometric tests. The effect of room temperature on performance of neurobehavioral tests was investigated in the laboratory. Four temperatures (19 C, 24 C, 27 C, and 32 C) were investigated based on the thermal sensation from cold to hot. Signal detection theory was utilized to analyze response bias. It was found that motivated people could maintain high performance for a short time under adverse (hot or cold) environmental conditions. Room temperature affected task performance differentially, depending on the type of tasks. The proposed neurobehavioral approach could be worked to quantitatively and systematically evaluate office workers' productivity. (author)

  20. Increased respiratory disease mortality at a microwave popcorn production facility with worker risk of bronchiolitis obliterans.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible lung disease, was first associated with inhalation of butter flavorings (diacetyl in workers at a microwave popcorn company. Excess rates of lung-function abnormalities were related to cumulative diacetyl exposure. Because information on potential excess mortality would support development of permissible exposure limits for diacetyl, we investigated respiratory-associated mortality during 2000-2011 among current and former workers at this company who had exposure to flavorings and participated in cross-sectional surveys conducted between 2000-2003. METHODS: We ascertained workers' vital status through a Social Security Administration search. Causes of death were abstracted from death certificates. Because bronchiolitis obliterans is not coded in the International Classification of Disease 10(th revision (ICD-10, we identified respiratory mortality decedents with ICD-10 codes J40-J44 which encompass bronchitis (J40, simple and mucopurulent chronic bronchitis (J41, unspecified chronic bronchitis (J42, emphysema (J43, and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD (J44. We calculated expected number of deaths and standardized mortality ratios (SMRs with 95% confidence intervals (CI to determine if workers exposed to diacetyl experienced greater respiratory mortality than expected. RESULTS: We identified 15 deaths among 511 workers. Based on U.S. population estimates, 17.39 deaths were expected among these workers (SMR = 0.86; CI:0.48-1.42. Causes of death were available for 14 decedents. Four deaths among production and flavor mixing workers were documented to have a multiple cause of 'other COPD' (J44, while 0.98 'other COPD'-associated deaths were expected (SMR = 4.10; CI:1.12-10.49. Three of the 4 'other COPD'-associated deaths occurred among former workers and workers employed before the company implemented interventions reducing diacetyl exposure in 2001. CONCLUSION: Workers

  1. Catalytic wet Air Oxidation of o-Chlorophenol in Wastewater

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    徐新华; 汪大翬


    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) was investigated in laboratory-scale experiments for the treatment of o-chlorophenol in wastewater. Experimental results showed that wet air oxidation (WAO) process in the absence of catalyst was also effective for o-chlorophenol in wastewater treatment. Up to 80% of the initial CODCr was removed by wet air oxidation at 270℃ with twice amount of the required stoichiometric oxygen supply. At temperature of 150℃, the removal rate of CODCr was only 30%. Fe2(SO4)3, CuSO4, Cu(NO3)2 and MnSO4 exhibited high catalytic activity. Higher removal rate of CODCr was obtained by CWAO. More than 96% of the initial CODCr was removed at 270℃ and 84.6%-93.6% of the initial CODCr was removed at 150℃. Mixed catalysts had better catalytic activity for the degradation of o-chlorophenol in wastewater.

  2. Sorption of chlorophenols onto fruit cuticles and potato periderm

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    Yungui Li; Yingqing Deng; Baoliang Chen


    To better understand the interaction mechanisms of plant surfaces with polar organic compounds,sorption of 4-chlorophenol,2,4-dichlorophenol,and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol by fruit cuticles (i.e.,tomato,apple,and pepper),and potato tuber periderm were investigated.The roles of cuticular components (waxes,cutin,cutan and sugar) on sorption of chlorophenols are quantitatively compared.Cutin and waxes govern the sorption capacity of bulk apple cuticle by hydrophobic interactions.Potato periderm with highest sugar content exhibits the lowest sorption capability for the chlorophenols.With the increase of hydrophobicity (i.e.,Kow ) of sorbate,the relative contribution of lipophilic components (wax,cutin and cutan) on total sorption increases,however,the ratios of Koc to Kow decreases due to increasing ionization degree of sorbates.

  3. Relationship between productivity, quality and musculoskeletal disorder risk among deboning workers in a Chilean salmon industry. (United States)

    Ilardi, Juan S


    The purpose of this ergonomic investigation is to establish a relationship between quality, productivity and risk of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in manual bone-removal process in the salmon fish industry. The method consists in a follow up study of 14 workers in a lane that processes salmon steak. Time between each steak (work cycle), quality of the steak's meat through inspection of deepness and length of the gapping generated by the manual bone-removal process and risk for musculoskeletal disorders through OCRA method were considered for this study. IMC and musculoskeletal Nordic Questionnaire of Kourinka were applied to the workers evaluated. Fourteen women worker's completed the evaluation, age 37.67 ± 8.1, with 65.27 ± 34.41 months of experience, with an IMC of 27.18 ± 3.87 (1.52 ± 0.057 meters of height) at the time of the evaluation. Time for deboning per steak averaged 38 ± 14 seconds with 68.33 ± 14.79 steaks per hour per worker. In quality terms, 74% of the steaks were qualified as "premium steaks" and 26% as "grade or industrial" (lower category and cheapest price). OCRA index for the right hand average 13.79 ± 4.59 and 3.59 ± 0.41 for the left hand. From Nordic questionnaire 80% of the workers manifested musculoskeletal symptoms in the right hand/wrist, followed up by shoulder with 60% of the workers and arm/elbow with over 50%. There was no statistically significant relationship between productivity and quality of the steak after manual bone removal process and between quality and MSD risk. However, there was a statistically significant relationship between productivity and MSD risk (pimportance for this region.

  4. Reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H in aqueous solution. (United States)

    Zhu, Jie; Chen, Ye-Fei; Dong, Wen-Bo; Pan, Xun-Xi; Hou, Hui-Qi


    The reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H in aqueous solution was studied by transient technology. The 3-chlorophenol aqueous solutions have been saturated with air or N2 previously. Under alkaline condition, the reaction of OH radical with 3-chlorophenol produces 3-chlorinated phenoxyl radical, with the absorption peaks at 400 nm and 417 nm. Under neutral condition, the reaction of OH radical with 3-chlorophenol produces OH-adduct with the maximal absorption at about 340 nm. And in acid solution, the reaction of H with 3-chlorophenol produces H-adduct with the maximal absorption at about 320 nm. 3-chlorophenol is compared with 4-and 2-chlorophenols from the free radical pathways. The results show that the positions of chlorine on the aromatic ring strongly influence the dehalogenation and degradation process.

  5. Reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H in aqueous solution

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    The reaction mechanism of 3-chlorophenol with OH, H inaqueous solution was studied by transient technology. The3-chlorophenol aqueous solutions have been saturated with air or N2previously. Under alkaline condition, the reaction of OH radicalwith 3-chlorophenol produces 3-chlorinated phenoxyl radical, withthe absorption peaks at 400 nm and 417 nm. Under neutral condition,the reaction of OH radical with 3-chlorophenol produces OH-adductwith the maximal absorption at about 340 nm. And in acid solution,the reaction of H with 3-chlorophenol produces H-adduct with themaximal absorption at about 320 nm. 3-chlorophenol is compared with4- and 2-chlorophenols from the free radical pathways. The resultsshow that the positions of chlorine on the aromatic ring stronglyinfluence the dehalogenation and degradation process.

  6. Ergonomic chair intervention: Effect on chronic upper quadrant dysfunction, disability and productivity in female computer workers


    Hoeben, C.; Q. Louw


    AIM: To compare the effect of two ergonomic chairs on upper quadrant musculoskeletal pain and tension, disability and productivity among female computer workers in the office workplace.METHODS: A series of two N=1 studies were conducted using the A-B-A-C-A design whereby an intervention ergonomic chair was compared to a less adjustable control ergonomic chair using visual analogue scales (VAS) for pain and muscle spasm, the Neck Disability Index and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairme...

  7. Ocular irritation from product of pesticide degradation among workers in a seed warehouse. (United States)

    Matsukawa, Takehisa; Yokoyama, Kazuhito; Itoh, Hiroaki


    Four workers at a seed supply warehouse in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, complained of ocular irritation on the job. Pesticide-coated seeds were stored in the warehouse but no significant amount of pesticide was detected in the air inside the warehouse. To identify the cause of the ocular irritation and to determine an appropriate solution to the problem, the authors used thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze the profiles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air of the two warehouses at the site-warehouse A, where the four workers experienced ocular irritation, and warehouse B, where no workers experienced ocular irritation. Comparing the profiles of VOCs in these warehouses indicated that n-butyl isocyanate, a hydrolyzed product of the fungicide benomyl, was the cause of the workers' ocular irritation. n-Butyl isocyanate is known to be a contact irritant and if the benomyl-coated seeds were not properly dried before storage in the warehouse n-butyl isocyanate would have been produced. The results of the study suggest that more attention should be paid both to the pesticide itself and to the products of pesticide degradation. In this study, n-butyl isocyanate was identified as a product of pesticide degradation and a causative chemical affecting occupational health.

  8. Results of the study of health status of workers employed in the bakery production

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    Full Text Available Aim: scientific basement for the hygienic, medical and prophylactic activities, excluding the adverse impact of the harmful and dangerous industrial factors on the workers' health. Material and methods. It was extensively studied the health of 327 workers who belong to the important for the hygienic investigations professions in the bakery production, experiencing the impact of harmful industrial factors. To assess the subjective characteristics of the working conditions, the labor process, and the health status of workers the questionnaire was composed. The 214 respondents participated in the survey. Results: Analysis of the results of the extensive medical examinations showed that the first place takes the pathology of the organs of the urogenital system — 71.4% (per 100 women. The gastrointestinal tract diseases were also largely presented (62.3%. Among the major disadvantages of the working conditions, according to the respondents, were the microclimate conditions, dust, and poor light (91.2%, 87.6%, 83.0% responses, respectively. Conclusion. It was found that the morbidity among the workers in the bakery production industry had the professional features: the polysystemic and polyorganic pathology. With the purpose of the optimization of the factors of the industrial environment, a set of organizational, technological and medical activities, the implementation of which will allow to reduce the harmful effects of adverse working conditions was developed.

  9. Formation of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, benzenes and phenols from thermal degradation of 2-chlorophenol promoted by CuCl2

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    Visez, N.; Baillet, C.; Sawerysyn, J.P. [Lille-1 Univ. (France). Physicochimie des Processus de Combustion et de l' Atmosphere - UMR-CNRS


    processes of PCDD/Fs from chlorophenols as precursors. These investigations have shown that other organic byproducts, potentially toxic, could also be formed with PCDD/Fs. Born et al. have studied the formation of PCDD/Fs from isomers of monochlorophenol on model and real fly ashes using a fixed bed reactor. The reaction products observed were carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, 2,4- dichlorophenol, 2,6-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, PCDDs, monobenzofuran, polychlorodiphenylethers, polychlorobenzenes, methylene chloride and tetrachloroethylene. By investigating the PCDD/Fs formation from ortho-chlorinated phenols and copper chloride, Ryu and Mulholland have identified the following products: chlorophenols, chlorobenzenes, PCDD/Fs, tetrachloroethylene and benzoquinones Hell et al. have studied the reaction of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol on real and model fly ash using a fixed bed reactor. They have observed that polychlorobenzenes formation was favored when time and temperature were increased. This work is aimed at highlighting the organic compounds formed by thermal degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2CP) promoted by copper chloride using sealed tubes as closed reactors. It is clear that this experimental method is unrealistic when compared to conditions of industrial processes. However, it enables us to use residence times (from minutes to hours) long enough to get more informations on reactions pathways responsible for PCCD/Fs formation and degradation which would be difficult to obtain from experiments with much smaller residence times.

  10. 2-chlorophenol oxidation kinetic by photo-assisted Fenton process

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    Experimental data are presented to test and validate a kinetic model for the oxidation of 2-chlorophenol wastewater by photo-assistedFenton process. The data showed that this process had produced good effects under acidic conductions. Up to 90% 2-chlorophenol was removedafter 90-minute reaction time with H2 O2 of 25 % CODcr in while in UV/H2 O2 system only 16.8% 2-chlorophenol was removed after one hourtreatment. The optimal pH in this reaction occurred between pH 3.0 and pH 4.0. The reaction kinetics for photo-assisted Fenton processexperimented in this research was investigated. Kinetic models were proposed for the treatment of 2-chlorophenol wastewater. The reaction wasfound to follow the 2nd order. The equations of reaction kinetics are as follows: - dt/d[RH]= KRH [ RH] [ H2O2 ]0exp(-KH2O2t); -dt/d[CODcr]= KCODCr[CODCr][ H2O2 ]0exp( - K't). The prediction of the models was found to be in a good agreement with experimentalresults, thus confirming the proposed reaction mechanism.

  11. Methanization of 2 chlorophenol (2CP) in presence of oxygen

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    Beristain, L. M.; Cuervo-Lopez, F. M.; Ramirez, F.


    Chlorophenols, very toxic organic compounds, are widely distributed in soils and water. These substances are related to cellular damage as they have mutagenic and carcinogenic characteristics. Aromatic compounds have been eliminated from wastewater under methanogenic conditions; however, in most of the cases the elimination rates are low and some toxic intermediates might be accumulated. (Author)

  12. Optimization of Fenton pretreatment for 2-chlorophenol solution

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    贺仲兵; 刘云国; 肖玉


    Fenton oxidation was used as the pretreatment of 2-chlorophenol wastewater with the objective of dechlorination, as it was considered that after breakage of aryl—Cl bond, the generated intermediates may be easily biodegraded. Hence, the optimization of pH and the low Fenton reagent doses for dechlorination was investigated. More than 99% dechlorination is obtained at the optimal pH 4 and the Fenton reagent doses of 86 mmol/L H2 O2 and 2.87 mmol/L Fe2+. The corresponding 2-chlorophenol is degraded completely, 80.02% COD is also removed, and the biodegradability, evaluated in terms of the BOD5 /COD ratio, is increased up to 0.41. To test the effect of this pretreatment, the pretreated 2-chlorophenol wastewater was fed to a sequencing batch reactor(SBR). The results show that complete mineralization is achieved. It is demonstrated that, for the treatment of recalcitrant compounds like 2-chlorophenol, the Fenton pretreatment could be quite effective and economical for enhancing the biodegradability in a Fenton-biological coupled system.

  13. Degradation of chlorophenol by in-situ electrochemically generated oxidant

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    丛燕青; 吴祖成; 叶倩; 谭天恩


    A novel in-situ electrochemical oxidation method was applied to the degradation of wastewater containing chlorophenol. Under oxygen sparging, the strong oxidant, hydrogen dioxide, could be in-situ generated through the reduction of oxygen on the surface of the cathode. The removal rate ofchlorophenol could be increased 149% when oxygen was induced in the electrochemical cell. The promotion factor was estimated to be about 82.63% according to the pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant (min-1). Important operating parameters such as current density, sparged oxygen rate were investigated. Higher sparged oxygen rate could improve the degradation of chlorophenol. To make full use of oxygen, however, sparged oxygen rate of 0.05 m3/h was adopted in this work. Oxidation-reduction potential could remarkably affect the generation of hydrogen peroxide. It was found that the removal rate of chlorophenol was not in direct proportion to the applied current density. The optimum current density was 3.5 mA/cm2 when initial chlorophenol concentration was 100 mg/L and sparged oxygen rate was 0.05 m3/h.

  14. Degradation of chlorophenol by in-situ electrochemically generated oxidant

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    丛燕青; 吴祖成; 叶倩; 谭天恩


    A novel in-situ electrochemical oxidation method was applied to the degradation of wastewater containing chlorophenol. Under oxygen sparging, the strong oxidant, hydrogen dioxide, could be in-situ generated through the reduction of oxygen on the surface of the cathode. The removal rate ofchlorophenol could be increased 149% when oxygen was induced in the electrochemical cell. The promotion factor was estimated to be about 82.63% according to the pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant (min-1). Important operating parameters such as current density, sparged oxygen rate were investigated.Higher sparged oxygen rate could improve the degradation of chlorophenol. To make full use of oxygen, however, sparged oxygen rate of 0.05 m3/h was adopted in this work. Oxidation-reduction potential could remarkably affect the generation of hydrogen peroxide. It was found that the removal rate of chlorophenol was not in direct proportion to the applied current density. The optimum current density was 3.5 mA/cm2 when initial chlorophenol concentration was 100 mg/L and sparged oxygen rate was 0.05 m3/h.

  15. Mineralization of 2-chlorophenol by sequential electrochemical reductive dechlorination and biological processes. (United States)

    Arellano-González, Miguel Ángel; González, Ignacio; Texier, Anne-Claire


    In this work, a novel approach was applied to obtain the mineralization of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) in an electrochemical-biological combined system where an electrocatalytic dehydrogenation process (reductive dechlorination) was coupled to a biological denitrification process. Reductive dechlorination of 2-CP was conducted in an ECCOCEL-type reactor on a Pd-Ni/Ti electrode at a potential of -0.40V vs Ag/AgCl(s)/KCl(sat), achieving 100 percent transformation of 2-CP into phenol. The electrochemically pretreated effluent was fed to a rotating cylinder denitrifying bioreactor where the totality of phenol was mineralized by denitrification, obtaining CO2 and N2 as the end products. The total time required for 2-CP mineralization in the combined electrochemical-biological process was 7.5h. This value is close to those previously reported for electrochemical and advanced oxidation processes but in this case, an efficient process was obtained without accumulation of by-products or generation of excessive energy costs due to the selective electrochemical pretreatment. This study showed that the use of electrochemical reductive pretreatment combined with biological processes could be a promising technology for the removal of recalcitrant molecules, such as chlorophenols, from wastewaters by more efficient, rapid, and environmentally friendly processes.

  16. Highly efficient adsorption of chlorophenols onto chemically modified chitosan

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    Zhou, Liang-Chun [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); National Center for Packaging Material Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu 610064 (China); Meng, Xiang-Guang, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Fu, Jing-Wei [National Center for Packaging Material Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu Institute of Product Quality Supervision and Inspection, Chengdu 610064 (China); Yang, Yu-Chong; Yang, Peng; Mi, Chun [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)


    A novel chemically modified chitosan CS-SA-CD with phenol and β-cyclodextrin groups was prepared. The adsorptions of phenol, 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) on the functional chitosan from aqueous solution were investigated. CS-SA-CD exhibited excellent adsorption ability for chlorophenols especially for DCP and TCP. The maximum adsorption capacities of phenol, 2-CP, 4-CP, DCP and TCP on CS-SA-CD were 59.74, 70.52, 96.43, 315.46 and 375.94 mg/g, respectively. The scanning electron microscope and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analyses revealed that the introduction of phenol group changed the surface morphology and surface properties of chitosan. The modified chitosan CS-SA-CD possesses larger surface areas (4.72 m{sup 2}/g), pore volume (7.29 × 10{sup −3} mL/g) and average pore diameter (59.99 Å) as compared to those of chitosan 3.27 m{sup 2}/g, 2.00 × 10{sup −3} mL/g and 15.95 Å, respectively. The enhanced adsorption of chlorophenols was also attributed to the interaction of hydrogen bond between Cl atom and -OH group. The adsorption of chlorophenols on CS-SA-CD followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. Adsorbent could be regenerated easily and the regenerated CS-SA-CD remained 80–91% adsorption efficiency.

  17. Well-being and organizational performance: An organizational-level test of the happy-productive worker hypothesis

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    Taris, T.W.; Schreurs, P.J.G.


    It is often assumed that happy workers are also productive workers. Although this reasoning has frequently been supported at the individual level, it is still unclear what these findings imply for organizational performance. Controlling for relevant work characteristics, this study presents a large-


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    Mir Hossein Seyyedi


    Full Text Available The main focus of this study is Cultural Institutions of Moghan region in Iran. The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Howard Gardner. He suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are linguistic intelligence, logical intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily intelligence, musical intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence and Naturalist intelligence. The purpose of this research is surveying of relationship between multiple intelligences and productivity of Cultural Institutions workers in Moghan. The methodology of study is descriptive and analytical study. Data collection instrument was a questionnaire that its reliability was confirmed by Crohn Bach’s alpha and library studies. The results show that, there is a relationship between multiple intelligences and productivity of Cultural Institutions workers in Moghan.

  19. Absence of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans after lactoperoxidase-catalyzed transformation of chlorophenols

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    Oeberg, L.G.; Swanson, S.E.


    Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs) have been detected in many species and environments their bioresistance and toxicity being of great concern. PCDDs and PCDFs, or the predioxins and -furans, are formed from chlorophenols (CPs) by burning and pyrolysis by arcing and by photolysis. PCDDs and PCDFs have also been found in emissions from automobiles, municipal waste incinerators, and nickel and copper smelting. Peroxidases (POs), a group of heme-proteins, are found in many organs and organisms. They are exceptional enzymes because of low substrate specificity and multiple reaction mechanisms. This enzyme-catalyzed free radical reaction resembles reactions in pyrolysis, arcing, and photolysis. Halogenated phenols are among the peroxidase substrates, and phenolic substrates have been found to yield dibenzodioxin- and dibenzofuran like products. The question then arose whether CP's in peroxidase-mediated reactions could yield chlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans. Since no-one has yet reported a biological formation of PCDDs and PCDFs the authors have analyzed the rpdoct mixture from the lactoperoxidase-catalyzed oxidation of some chlorophenols.

  20. A Multiobjective Stochastic Production-Distribution Planning Problem in an Uncertain Environment Considering Risk and Workers Productivity

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    S. M. J. Mirzapour Al-e-Hashem


    Full Text Available A multi-objective two stage stochastic programming model is proposed to deal with a multi-period multi-product multi-site production-distribution planning problem for a midterm planning horizon. The presented model involves majority of supply chain cost parameters such as transportation cost, inventory holding cost, shortage cost, production cost. Moreover some respects as lead time, outsourcing, employment, dismissal, workers productivity and training are considered. Due to the uncertain nature of the supply chain, it is assumed that cost parameters and demand fluctuations are random variables and follow from a pre-defined probability distribution. To develop a robust stochastic model, an additional objective functions is added to the traditional production-distribution-planning problem. So, our multi-objective model includes (i the minimization of the expected total cost of supply chain, (ii the minimization of the variance of the total cost of supply chain and (iii the maximization of the workers productivity through training courses that could be held during the planning horizon. Then, the proposed model is solved applying a hybrid algorithm that is a combination of Monte Carlo sampling method, modified -constraint method and L-shaped method. Finally, a numerical example is solved to demonstrate the validity of the model as well as the efficiency of the hybrid algorithm.

  1. QSBR Study on the Anaerobic Biodegradation of Chlorophenols

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    YANG Da-Sen; DAI You-Zhi; LI Jian-Hua; ZHU Fei


    18 Physicochemical and quantum chemical parameters of 12 kinds of chlorophenols are calculated in this paper. QSBR (quantitative structure-biodegradability relationship) study is performed using simca statistical software by PLS regression analysis method on anaerobic biodegradation data (logKb), and the QSBR model is developed with favorable prediction. The model shows that the size and energy of the molecule are the dominant factors affecting the anaerobic biodegradation of chlorophenols. And the degradation rate constants (logKb) increase with the increase of core-core repulsion (CCR), average molecular polarizability (α), total surface area (TSA), heat of formation (HOF) and total energy (TE), while decrease with the increase of molecular connectivity index (1XV), relative molecular mass (Mw) and electronic energy (EE).

  2. The impact of lean production and related new systems of work organization on worker health. (United States)

    Landsbergis, P A; Cahill, J; Schnall, P


    New systems of work organization, such as lean production and total quality management, have been introduced by employers throughout the industrialized world to improve productivity, quality, and profitability. However, few studies have examined the impact of such systems on occupational injuries or illnesses or on job characteristics related to job strain, which has been linked to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The studies reviewed provide little evidence to support the hypothesis that lean production "empowers" auto workers. In fact, auto industry studies suggest that lean production creates intensified work pace and demands. Increases in decision authority and skill levels are modest or temporary, whereas decision latitude typically remains low. Thus, such work can be considered to have job strain. In jobs with ergonomic stressors, intensification of labor appears to lead to increases in musculoskeletal disorders. The evidence for adverse health effects remains inconclusive for related new work systems in other industries, such as modular manufacturing or patient-focused care.

  3. A Mapping of an Agile Software Development Method to the Personal Productivity of the Knowledge Worker. A Systematic Review of Self-Help Books


    Helga Guðrún Óskarsdóttir 1987


    This work explores the problem of how to increase knowledge worker productivity by performing a systematic literature review of personal productivity self-help books. The assumption was that personal productivity self-help books are based on the same underlying concepts and that these concepts can give insight into the personal productivity of the knowledge worker. The intent was to identify these concepts, compare them to the state-of-the-art on knowledge worker productivity and the software...

  4. In vitro and in silico investigations of the binding interactions between chlorophenols and trypsin

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    Wang, Yan-Qing, E-mail: [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Tan, Chun-Yun [Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Zhuang, Shu-Lin [Institute of Environmental Science, College of Environmental and Resource Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Zhai, Peng-Zhan; Cui, Yun; Zhou, Qiu-Hua; Zhang, Hong-Mei [Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Fei, Zhenghao [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Bioresources and Environmental Protection, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China); Institute of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng City 224002, Jiangsu Province (China)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Binding interactions of five chlorophenols with trypsin were investigated. • The number of chlorine atoms of chlorophenols partly affected the binding ability of them to trypsin. • Noncovalent interactions stabilized the trypsin–chlorophenols complexes. • There was the one main binding site of trypsin for chlorophenols. - Abstract: Being the first-degree toxic pollutants, chlorophenols (CP) have potential carcinogenic and mutagenic activity and toxicity. Since there still lacks studies on molecular interactions of chlorophenols with trypsin, one major binding target of many exogenous environmental pollutants, the binding interactions between five chlorophenols, 2-CP, 2,6-DCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,4,6-TCP, 2,3,4,6-TCP and PCP and trypsin were characterized by the combination of multispectroscopic techniques and molecular modeling. The chlorophenols bind at the one main site of trypsin and the binding induces the changes of microenvironment and global conformations of trypsin. Different number of chloride atoms significantly affects the binding and the binding constants K{sub A} ranks as K{sub A} (2-CP) < K{sub A} (2,6-DCP) ≈ K{sub A} (2,4,6-TCP) < K{sub A} (2,3,4,6-TCP) < K{sub A} (PCP). These chlorophenols interacts with trypsin mainly through hydrophobic interactions and via hydrogen bonding interactions and aromatic–aromatic π–π stacking interaction. Our results offer insights into the binding mechanism of chlorophenols with trypsin and provide important information for possible toxicity risk of chlorophenols to human health.

  5. Eye lens dosimetry in workers of a PET radiopharmaceutical production facility

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    Guimaraes, M. C.; Lacerda, M. A. S.; Da Silva, T. A. [Development Center of Nuclear Technology, Posgraduate Course in Science and Technology of Radiations, Minerals and Materials, Av. Pte. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Meireles, L. S.; Teles, L. L. D., E-mail: [Development Center of Nuclear Technology / CNEN, Av. Pte. Antonio Carlos 6627, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)


    Full text: A new regulatory statement was issued concerning the eye lens radiation protection of persons in some planned exposures. A debate was raised on the adequacy of the dosimetric quantity and on its method of measurement. The aim of this work was to establish the dosimetry procedure with the Eye-D{sup TM} holder with a MCP-N LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent chip detector for measuring the personal dose equivalent Hp(3) in workers of the Development Center of Nuclear Technology (DCNT) Positron-Electron Tomography (PET) Radiopharmaceuticals Production Facility (RPF). The eye lens dosimeter was calibrated and its energy response was studied in terms Hp(3) on a ISO standard slab phantom and on a recent suggested cylindrical phantom. Irradiations were carried out at the DCNT Dosimeter Calibration Laboratory in ISO reference radiations of {sup 137}Cs gamma, narrow spectrum series X-ray beams, {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y and {sup 85}Kr beta rays. Fifteen workers of the RPF/DCNT were monitored during radiopharmaceutical production activities (e.g. cyclotron operation, quality control tests, radiopharmaceutical production and radioprotection). Considering the predominant exposure to 511 keV photons, the energy dependence of the dosimeter of 30% in energies down to 33 keV should not be a concern. Calibration coefficient of the dosimeter in {sup 137}Cs beam showed that the use of the slab phantom will underestimate the Hp(3) in 8.8% related to the cylindrical phantom. The absorbed dose due to beta radiation exposure seems to be unfeasible to be assessed with the chosen dosimeter. Results showed that the workers responsible for quality control tests received the highest doses and that there is room for optimization. (Author)

  6. Reproductive conflict in social insects: Male production by workers in a slave-making ant

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    Brunner, Elizabeth; Trindl, Andreas; Falk, Karl H.


    AbstractIn insect societies, workers cooperate but may also pursue their individual interests, such as laying viable male eggs. The case of obligatory slave-making ants is of particular interest because workers do not engage in maintenance activities and foraging. Therefore, worker egg laying...... by producing their own sons than workers in nonparasitic species. In this study we investigated worker reproduction in four natural colonies of the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens, using highly variable microsatellite markers. Our results show that workers produce up to 100% of the males. This study thus...... presents the first direct evidence of an almost complete takeover of male reproduction by workers in ants....

  7. Thoracic dust exposure is associated with lung function decline in cement production workers. (United States)

    Nordby, Karl-Christian; Notø, Hilde; Eduard, Wijnand; Skogstad, Marit; Fell, Anne Kristin; Thomassen, Yngvar; Skare, Øivind; Bergamaschi, Antonio; Pietroiusti, Antonio; Abderhalden, Rolf; Kongerud, Johny; Kjuus, Helge


    We hypothesised that exposure to workplace aerosols may lead to lung function impairment among cement production workers.Our study included 4966 workers in 24 cement production plants. Based on 6111 thoracic aerosol samples and information from questionnaires we estimated arithmetic mean exposure levels by plant and job type. Dynamic lung volumes were assessed by repeated spirometry testing during a mean follow-up time of 3.5 years (range 0.7-4.6 years). The outcomes considered were yearly change of dynamic lung volumes divided by the standing height squared or percentage of predicted values. Statistical modelling was performed using mixed model regression. Individual exposure was classified into quintile levels limited at 0.09, 0.89, 1.56, 2.25, 3.36, and 14.6 mg·m(-3), using the lowest quintile as the reference. Employees that worked in administration were included as a second comparison group.Exposure was associated with a reduction in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), forced expiratory volume in 6 s and forced vital capacity. For FEV1 % predicted a yearly excess decline of 0.84 percentage points was found in the highest exposure quintile compared with the lowest.Exposure at the higher levels found in this study may lead to a decline in dynamic lung volumes. Exposure reduction is therefore warranted.

  8. Fe salts as catalyst for the wet oxidation of o-chlorophenol

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    XU Xin-hua; HE Ping; JIN Jian; HAO Zhi-wei


    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of o-chlorophenol in wastewater was studied in a stainless steel autoclave using four different Fe catalysts in the temperature range of 100-200 ℃. Experimental results showed that high rate of o-chlorophenol and CODcr (Chemical Oxygen Demand, mg/L) removal by CWAO was obtained at relatively low temperature and pressure. The catalysts Fe2(SO4)3, FeSO4, Fe2O3 and FeCl3 all exhibited high catalytic activity. More than 93.7% of the initial CODCr and nearly100% of o-chlorophenol were removed at 150 ℃ after 150 min with FeSO4 as catalyst. The CWAO of o-chlorophenol was found to be pseudo-first order reaction with respect to o-chlorophenol, with activation energy of 75.56 k J/mol in the temperature range of100-175 ℃.

  9. Distribution of Some Elements in Biosubstrates of Workers Occupied in the Production of Mineral Nitrogenous Phosphate Fertilizers

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    Gorbunov, A V; Lyapunov, S M; Okina, O I; Pavlov, S S; Geological Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia


    The data on the content of some trace elements typical for the production of nitrogenous phosphate fertilizers (F, Sr, rare-earth elements), as well as heavy and toxic metals in industrial products, occupational air, drinking water and biosubstrates (urine, hair) of the factory workers are presented. The correlations between the content of fluorine in urine and hair of workers and between the content of fluorine, length of service and age, have been shown. The correlation dependence between the content of F in biosubstrates and a number of trace elements typical for the given type of production has been evaluated. The comparison of the morbidity and character of diseases of the factory workers and of the local residents unoccupied in the production has been made.

  10. Considerations of the productive restructuring process in Brazil and its implications for workers and education

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    Karina Griggio Hotz


    Full Text Available This article aims to discuss the profile that is required of workers in current forms of production. This is done by considering the productive restructuring process that took place in Brazil since the 1990’s. This process presents implications to different social organizations, especially to the State and the institutions related to it, for example the schools. The analysis of the primary and secondary sources related to the basic education reforms implemented in the same decade reveals the valuing of work competencies such as flexibility and the capacity to adapt. The article presents reflections on the rhetoric used to justify educational reforms, pointing out its underlying ideology and the actions performed by the Brazilian State, as well as the structural limits of the capitalist system for the social inclusion of the whole population.

  11. Using Computer Simulation Method to Improve Throughput of Production Systems by Buffers and Workers Allocation

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    Kłos Sławomir


    Full Text Available This paper proposes the application of computer simulation methods to support decision making regarding intermediate buffer allocations in a series-parallel production line. The simulation model of the production system is based on a real example of a manufacturing company working in the automotive industry. Simulation experiments were conducted for different allocations of buffer capacities and different numbers of employees. The production system consists of three technological operations with intermediate buffers between each operation. The technological operations are carried out using machines and every machine can be operated by one worker. Multi-work in the production system is available (one operator operates several machines. On the basis of the simulation experiments, the relationship between system throughput, buffer allocation and the number of employees is analyzed. Increasing the buffer capacity results in an increase in the average product lifespan. Therefore, in the article a new index is proposed that includes the throughput of the manufacturing system and product life span. Simulation experiments were performed for different configurations of technological operations.

  12. The impact of sit-stand office workstations on worker discomfort and productivity: a review. (United States)

    Karakolis, Thomas; Callaghan, Jack P


    This review examines the effectiveness of sit-stand workstations at reducing worker discomfort without causing a decrease in productivity. Four databases were searched for studies on sit-stand workstations, and five selection criteria were used to identify appropriate articles. Fourteen articles were identified that met at least three of the five selection criteria. Seven of the identified studies reported either local, whole body or both local and whole body subjective discomfort scores. Six of these studies indicated implementing sit-stand workstations in an office environment led to lower levels of reported subjective discomfort (three of which were statistically significant). Therefore, this review concluded that sit-stand workstations are likely effective in reducing perceived discomfort. Eight of the identified studies reported a productivity outcome. Three of these studies reported an increase in productivity during sit-stand work, four reported no affect on productivity, and one reported mixed productivity results. Therefore, this review concluded that sit-stand workstations do not cause a decrease in productivity.

  13. Exhaled breath malondialdehyde, spirometric results and dust exposure assessment in ceramics production workers

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    Mohammad Javad Zare Sakhvidi


    Full Text Available Introduction The study aimed at measuring exhaled breath malondialdehyde (EBC-MDA in workers exposed to dust containing silica and at its comparison with the non-exposed control group. Material and methods The cross sectional, case-control study (N = 50 was performed in a tile and ceramics production factory in Yazd, Iran. EBC-MDA was quantified in exhaled breath of the participants by a lab made breath sampler. Exposure intensity was measured according to the NIOSH 0600 method in selected homogeneous exposure groups. Additionally, spirometry test was conducted to investigate a correlation between EBC-MDA and spirometric findings in the exposed workers. Results There was no difference in the observed exposure intensities of silica containing dust in different units. However, “coating preparation” was the unit with the highest concentration of dust. Although, the level of EBC-MDA in the cases was slightly higher than in the controls, the difference was not statistically significant (U = 252, p = 0.464. A significant and positive correlation was found between dust exposure intensity in working units and the measured EBC-MDA of workers (r = 0.467, N = 25, p = 0.027. There were also no statistically significant differences among job categories in the exposed group for the values of FEV1% (F(3, 44 = 0.656, p = 0.584, FVC% (F(3, 44 = 1.417, p = 0.172, and FEV1/FVC% (F(3, 44 = 1.929, p = 0.139. Conclusions The results showed a significant correlation between respirable dust exposure intensity and the level of EBC-MDA of the exposed subjects. However, our results did not show a significant correlation between lung function decreases and EBC-MDA.

  14. Gender, aging, and work: aging workers' strategies to confront the demands of production in maquiladora plants in nogales, Mexico. (United States)

    Adarga, Mireya Scarone; Becerril, Leonor Cedillo; Champion, Catalina Denman


    This work is part of a qualitative socio-cultural investigation with a group of men and women 40 years and older in the maquila export industry in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. In 1994, as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, maquila plants combined traditional intensive work methods with new "just in time" production norms that impacted work and health conditions, particularly in older, or aging, workers. The workers that were interviewed for this study show a reduction in their functional ability to work starting at 40 years of age. Work organization demands, general health conditions, and a decrease in physical abilities brings these 40-year-old workers to prematurely construct an image of themselves as aging workers and to develop coping strategies that vary by gender.

  15. Forever productive: the discursive shaping of later life workers in contemporary Canadian newspapers. (United States)

    Rudman, Debbie Laliberte; Molke, Daniel


    Increasingly, ;productive aging' is promoted within government policies and reports in several Western nations, as well as those of international organizations. The ways in which ;productive aging' comes to be shaped within texts, that is, its discursive shaping, influences what aging individuals view as possible and ideal ways to be and do in later life, as well as what collectivities view as required services and programs to support such identities and occupations. Drawing on governmentality theory, in concert with occupational science, a critical discourse analysis of 72 Canadian newspaper articles pertaining to work and retirement published in 2006 was conducted to examine how 'productive aging' is shaped within such print media texts and the possibilities for identity and occupation promoted. This work critically analyzes ways 'later life workers' have come to be discursively shaped within neoliberal sociopolitical contexts, characterized by emphases on fostering individual responsibility, decreasing state dependency, and increasing privatization. The authors raises concerns related to occupational injustice, arguing for continuing vigilance regarding the ways 'productive aging' discourses might be drawn on to justify further state and workplace retreat from policies and programs that support those who face challenges to continued engagement in work or who cannot, or chose not to, be 'forever productive'.

  16. Detection of Chlorophenolic Compounds in Bleaching Effluents of Chemical Pulps

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    Chhaya Sharma; S.Mohanty; S.Kumar; N.J.Rao; li qian


    Laboratory bleaching effluents from the chlorination and caustic extraction stages of mixed wood kraft pulp processing have been analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively for various chlorophenolics by using GC.A number of chlorinated derivaties of phenols,catechols,guaiacols and syringaldehydes have been detected and their concentrations are estimated.The results are compared with that of different agriculture residue / hardwood pulps,which were reported in literature.The concentrations of various compounds detected have also been compared with their reported 96LC50 values.

  17. Adsorption, desorption and bioregeneration in the treatment of 2-chlorophenol with activated carbon. (United States)

    Aktaş, Ozgür; Ceçen, Ferhan


    This study aims to clarify the effect of activated carbon type on the extent of adsorbability, desorbability, and bioregenerability in the treatment of 2-chlorophenol. Four different activated carbon types; thermally activated and chemically activated powdered carbons (PAC), and their granular countertypes (GAC) with similar physical characteristics were used. Thermally activated carbons adsorbed 2-chlorophenol much better than chemically activated ones. However, adsorption was more reversible in the case of chemically activated ones. The use of powdered and granular activated carbon countertypes resulted in comparable adsorption and desorption characteristics. For each activated carbon type, 2-chlorophenol exhibited higher adsorbability and lower desorbability than phenol. Biodegradation of 2-chlorophenol took place very slowly when it was used as the sole carbon source in acclimated and non-acclimated activated sludges. Bioregeneration occurred only via desorption due to an initial concentration gradient and no further desorption took place due to low biodegradability. Bioregeneration of activated carbon loaded with 2-chlorophenol was not a suitable option when 2-chlorophenol was the only carbon source. It is suggested to remove 2-chlorophenol via adsorption onto activated carbon rather than applying biological treatment. Also in such cases, the use of thermally activated carbons with higher adsorption and lower desorption capacities is recommended rather than chemically activated carbons.

  18. Ergonomic chair intervention: Effect on chronic upper quadrant dysfunction, disability and productivity in female computer workers

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    Full Text Available AIM: To compare the effect of two ergonomic chairs on upper quadrant musculoskeletal pain and tension, disability and productivity among female computer workers in the office workplace.METHODS: A series of two N=1 studies were conducted using the A-B-A-C-A design whereby an intervention ergonomic chair was compared to a less adjustable control ergonomic chair using visual analogue scales (VAS for pain and muscle spasm, the Neck Disability Index and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment questionnaire. The female participants were assessed over the four week phases as they performed high intensity visual display unit work. The results were compiled and tabulated.RESULTS: Both the control and intervention ergonomic chairs showed a reduction in both the mean and variance of pain and muscle spasm. The second participant also showed an increase in productivity with both chairs.CONCLUSION: The introduction of an ergonomic chair shows a reduction in VAS intensity and frequency for pain and muscle spasm, as well as a reduction in variance of the symptoms. Both chairs showed a similar reduction in symptoms, thus indicating almost equivalent benefit from the use of both ergonomic chairs.

  19. How Social Relationships Influence Academic Health in the "Enterprise University": An Insight into Productivity of Knowledge Workers (United States)

    Ditton, Mary J.


    The comparatively poor mental health status of academics at Australian universities compared with the general Australian workforce poses a public health challenge. Productivity of knowledge workers is a key issue for the new economy. Using the case of one university, I interviewed employees stratified by level of employment and showed that their…

  20. [Clinical and physiological methods of examination for cardiac and respiratory systems in aluminium production workers of Kolsky North]. (United States)

    Chashchin, M V; Skripal', B A; Torgovanov, B A; Zotov, A M; Seden'kov, D A


    The authors presented clinical and physiologic studies of cardiac and respiratory systems and peripheral circulation among workers having various professions at aluminium production in Kolsky North. Multiple functional study methods were used including tachooscillography, electrocardiography, rheovasography, rheoencephalography, thermovision. The results enabled to specify duration and character of health disorders caused by occupational environment.

  1. Oxidation of phenol and chlorophenols on platinized titanium anodes in an acidic medium (United States)

    Mokbel, Saleh Mohammed; Kolosov, E. N.; Mikhalenko, I. I.


    A comparative study of oxidation of phenol, 3-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol on Pt/Ti and Ce,Pt/Ti electrocatalysts is performed via cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that the surface morphology and roughness of the anode do not change after modification with cerium. The formal kinetic orders of electrooxidation of all compounds are found to be less than one. It is shown that the β temperature coefficients of the rate of oxidation of chlorophenols grow by 10 to 50% when the Ce,Pt/Ti anode is used at a substrate concentration of 1 mM. A tenfold increase in concentration reduces the effect of cerium additive, except for 3-chlorophenol: the latter exhibits a 250% increase in the β value, compared to the Pt/Ti anode.

  2. Chlorophenol sorption on multi-walled carbon nanotubes: DFT modeling and structure-property relationship analysis. (United States)

    Watkins, Marquita; Sizochenko, Natalia; Moore, Quentarius; Golebiowski, Marek; Leszczynska, Danuta; Leszczynski, Jerzy


    The presence of chlorophenols in drinking water can be hazardous to human health. Understanding the mechanisms of adsorption under specific experimental conditions would be beneficial when developing methods to remove toxic substances from drinking water during water treatment in order to limit human exposure to these contaminants. In this study, we investigated the sorption of chlorophenols on multi-walled carbon nanotubes using a density functional theory (DFT) approach. This was applied to study selected interactions between six solvents, five types of nanotubes, and six chlorophenols. Experimental data were used to construct structure-adsorption relationship (SAR) models that describe the recovery process. Specific interactions between solvents and chlorophenols were taken into account in the calculations by using novel specific mixture descriptors.

  3. Exposure to glyceryl trinitrate during gun powder production: plasma glyceryl trinitrate concentration, elimination kinetics, and discomfort among production workers. (United States)

    Gjesdal, K; Bille, S; Bredesen, J E; Bjørge, E; Halvorsen, B; Langseth, K; Lunde, P K; Silvertssen, E


    Plasma glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) concentration was studied in 12 volunteers producing gun powder. Serial blood samples were obtained from the cubital vein before and during work at two sites of production; high concentrations of GTN were detected in the plasma. Control specimens from a femoral vein contained much less GTN, indicating that blood in the cubital vein was enriched by dermally absorbed GTN. In the roll mill area concentrations of GTN in the cubital vein were higher than in the press area, but individual factors were also important since some workers consistently had higher concentration of GTN than others. Differences in absorption were more important than differences in the metabolism of GTN since only a small variation in disappearance rate was found after a sublingual test dose of GTN. Moderate changes in pulse rate and blood pressure were noted during the day. The major discomfort experienced was a headache that increased during working hours, but this was not significantly related to GTN concentrations in the air or in the blood from the cubital vein. The observations imply that major efforts should be made to reduce dermal contact with GTN during production work.

  4. Theoretical Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies on Homogeneous Gas-Phase Formation of Polychlorinated Naphthalene from 2-Chlorophenol as Forerunner

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    Fei Xu


    Full Text Available Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs are dioxins-like compounds and are formed along with polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs in thermal and combustion procedures. Chlorophenols (CPs are the most important forerunners of PCNs. A comprehensive comprehension of PCN formation procedure from CPs is a precondition for reducing the discharge of PCNs. Experiments on the formation of PCNs from CPs have been hindered by PCN toxicity and short of precise detection methods for active intermediate radicals. In this work, PCN formation mechanism in gas-phase condition from 2-chlorophenol (2-CP as forerunner was studied by quantum chemistry calculations. Numbers of energetically advantaged formation routes were proposed. The rate constants of key elementary steps were calculated over 600–1200 K using canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT with small curvature tunneling contribution (SCT method. This study illustrates formation of PCNs with one chlorine atom loss from 2-CP is preferred over that without chlorine atom loss. In comparison with formation of PCDFs from 2-CP, PCN products are less chlorinated and have lower formation potential.

  5. Increasing community health worker productivity and effectiveness: a review of the influence of the work environment

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    Jaskiewicz Wanda


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Community health workers (CHWs are increasingly recognized as a critical link in improving access to services and achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Given the financial and human resources constraints in developing countries, CHWs are expected to do more without necessarily receiving the needed support to do their jobs well. How much can be expected of CHWs before work overload and reduced organizational support negatively affect their productivity, the quality of services, and in turn the effectiveness of the community-based programmes that rely on them? This article presents policy-makers and programme managers with key considerations for a model to improve the work environment as an important approach to increase CHW productivity and, ultimately, the effectiveness of community-based strategies. Methods A desk review of selective published and unpublished articles and reports on CHW programs in developing countries was conducted to analyse and organize findings on the elements that influence CHW productivity. The search was not exhaustive but rather was meant to gather information on general themes that run through the various documents to generate perspectives on the issue and provide evidence on which to formulate ideas. After an initial search for key terminology related to CHW productivity, a snowball technique was used where a reference in one article led to the discovery of additional documents and reports. Results CHW productivity is determined in large part by the conditions under which they work. Attention to the provision of an enabling work environment for CHWs is essential for achieving high levels of productivity. We present a model in which the work environment encompasses four essential elements—workload, supportive supervision, supplies and equipment, and respect from the community and the health system—that affect the productivity of CHWs. We propose that when CHWs have a

  6. [Changes of local resistance of oral cavity and humoral immunity among workers of metallurgical and chemical production during parodontitis]. (United States)

    Kobakhidze, M V; Dzhashi, L M; Chelidze, L N; Gogebashvili, N V


    On the basis of the data of immunological investigations of 142 workers of metallurgical (melting shops of Zestaphoni's Farroalloy Plant) and chemical (electrolytic shops of manganese and dioxide manganese of Farroalloy Plant and "Azoti") production it was found that during parodontitis among studied contingent local resistance of mouth cavity and humoral immunity are changed, the compound of lysozyme and amylase in saliva is lowered, in the layers of saliva and blood is revealed the misbalance of immunoglobulin's system. First of all was established, that during parodontitis among the studied workers autoimmune processes are developed directed against the I-st type collagen and the tissue of gum. Changes of local and common homeostasis as well as the changes of intensity of autoimmune process are in direct correlation with the severity of parodontitis and the pollution of production environment with the spray of manganese dioxide.

  7. ["Cataract of metallurgists" in workers of the oxygen-converter production]. (United States)

    Dorozhkin, A V


    The condition of the lens was studied in 1210 workers of steel industry: in 455 workers of an open-hearth shop (OHS) and in 755 workers of oxygen-converter shops (OCS). The intensity of infra-red irradiation was measured at working places in both shops by non-selective radiometer ARGUS-03. A higher level of automation and more advanced technological processes in the OCS ensure a better protection of the organ of vision of the OCS workers from the impact of infrared irradiation. Thus, the OCS workers had a lower occurrence of cataract development and a less intensity in changes of the lens as compared to the similar parameters registered in the OHS workers. The cataract development was proven to be directly dependant on a labor record length: changes in the posterior capsule and opacifications of the lens posterior cortical segments (stages I and II) were observed in those, whose labor record ranged from 10 to 15 years; brown changes in the nucleus and dystrophic changes in the anterior capsule (degree III) were found in those, whose labor record exceeded 15 years.

  8. Older workers

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    Ybema,J.F.; Giesen, F.


    Due to an ageing population and global economic competition, there is a societal need for people to extend their working lives while maintaining high work productivity. This article presents an overview of the labour participation, job performance, and job characteristics of older workers in the Eur

  9. Microbiological air pollution of production room of the meat processing plant as a potential threat to the workers

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    Barbara Breza-Boruta


    Full Text Available Introduction. Production rooms of the meat plants are the specific environment that require constant monitoring of microbiological air purity. Bioaerosols pose a threat to the safety of produced food and a considerable risk to health of exposed workers. The aim of this study was to estimate the air microbiological pollution in production rooms of the meat processing plant and exposure of the workers to biological aerosol. Material and methods. Air samples were collected at 3 stands in production rooms during winter, with the compaction method using the impactor MAS-100. The total number of bacteria and moulds, Staphylococci and bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae were determined in the studied bioaerosol. The concentration of microorganisms was presented in the form of colony forming units in 1m3 of air. Results. The highest concentration of mesophylic bacteria was found at stand 1 – at the freezing tunnel; whereas the highest contamination with staphylococci and fungal aerosol was found in the room where several workers were employed at packing frozen food. Among determined fungi predominated moulds of the genera: Penicillium, Alternaria and Cladosporium. Also species of potentially pathogenic fungi which produce toxins and have allergizing properties were detected in the studied bioaerosol. Bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae, which also may cause many infavourable health effects in exposed people, occurred at all stands. Conclusion. The concentration level and microbial composition in the inhaled air make valuable information for determination of occupational risk and a potential threat to workers of their workstations. Potentially pathogenic microorganisms present in the studied air (staphylococci, bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae and some moulds according to the Directive 2000/54/EC l belong to the 2nd group of risk and threat of harmful biological agents. Identification of biological threats makes it easier for the

  10. Comparative study on electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol by different Pd/C gas diffusion electrodes

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    Pd/C catalyst used for the Pd/C gas diffusion cathodes was prepared by hydrogen reduction method and formaldehyde reduction method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electrode microcopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques. The electrochemical degradation of 4-chlorophenol was investigated in the diaphragm electrolysis system, aerating firstly with hydrogen gas then with air, using three different kinds of gas diffusion cathode. The results indicated that the self-made Pd/C gas diffusion cathode can not only reductively dechlorinate 4-chlorophenols by aerating hydrogen gas, but also accelerate the two-electron reduction of O2 to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by aerating air. Therefore, the removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol by using Pd/C gas diffusion cathode is better than that of the C/PTFE gas diffusion cathode (no catalyst). The catalytic activity of Pd/C catalyst prepared by hydrogen reduction method is higher than that prepared by formaldehyde reduction method. The stability of the Pd/C gas diffusion cathodes is good. Therefore, both the removal efficiency and the dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol reached about 100% after 60 min, and the removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol in terms of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the cathodic compartment reached 87.4% after 120 min.

  11. Quantum Chemical and Kinetic Study on Polychlorinated Naphthalene Formation from 3-Chlorophenol Precursor. (United States)

    Xu, Fei; Shi, Xiangli; Zhang, Qingzhu


    Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) are the smallest chlorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Cl-PAHs) and are often called dioxin-like compounds. Chlorophenols (CPs) are important precursors of PCN formation. In this paper, mechanistic and kinetic studies on the homogeneous gas-phase formation mechanism of PCNs from 3-CP precursor were investigated theoretically by using the density functional theory (DFT) method and canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT) with small curvature tunneling contribution (SCT). The reaction priority of different PCN formation pathways were disscussed. The rate constants of crucial elementary steps were deduced over a wide temperature range of 600-1200 K. The mechanisms were compared with the experimental observation and our previous works on the PCN formation from 2-CP and 4-CP. This study shows that pathways ended with Cl elimination are favored over those ended with H elimination from the 3-CP precursor. The formation potential of MCN is larger than that of DCN. The chlorine substitution pattern of monochlorophenols has a significant effect on isomer patterns and formation potential of PCN products. The results can be input into the environmental PCN controlling and prediction models as detailed parameters, which can be used to confirm the formation routes of PCNs, reduce PCN emission and establish PCN controlling strategies.

  12. Mechanism and kinetics of 2-chlorophenol degradation in drinking water by photo-electrochemical synergic effect

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    SONG; Qiang; (宋; 强); QU; Jiuhui; (曲久辉)


    The synergic effect mechanism of photo-electrochemical oxidation is investigated in detail through reaction products and kinetics analysis in a photo-electric integral reactor with 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) as the model pollutant. A kinetics model is constructed for the combinatorial photo-electrochemical (CPE) degradation. A remarkable synergetic effect, which can significantly enhance the mineralization rate of the CPE process, is verified by the comparison of apparent kinetic constants. In the CPE process, complemental effects with multi-level and multi-pathway for pollutants degradation under our experimental conditions are speculated. It is proved that the degradation pathways are not only the simple summation of that of photolysis and electrolysis, but the formation of synergic effect through combination of several new acting approaches. The degradation efficiency is enhanced considerably by three factors, control of electrode poisoning by the UV irradiation, control of excitation and reaction trend of pollutants molecules by the UV irradiation, and control of activation effect and transfer trend by the oriented direct current (DC) electric field. An advanced oxidation system is set up through manifold of free radicals chain reactions in the CPE reactions, so that the aqueous organics can be mineralized fast and completely. It is proven by the kinetics analysis that the mineralization of organic pollutants is mainly attributed to the generation of very active hydroxyl radicals (OH@) in bulk solution from the CPE synergetic effect.

  13. 4-chlorophenol removal from water using graphite and graphene oxides as photocatalysts. (United States)

    Bustos-Ramírez, Karina; Barrera-Díaz, Carlos Eduardo; De Icaza-Herrera, Miguel; Martínez-Hernández, Ana Laura; Natividad-Rangel, Reyna; Velasco-Santos, Carlos


    Graphite and graphene oxides have been studied amply in the last decade, due to their diverse properties and possible applications. Recently, their functionality as photocatalytic materials in water splitting was reported. Research in these materials is increasing due to their band gap values around 1.8-4 eV, and therefore, these are comparable with other photocatalysts currently used in heterogeneous photocatalytic processes. Thus, this research reports the photocatalytic effectiveness of graphite oxide (GO) and graphene oxide (GEO) in the degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in water. Under the conditions defined for this research, 92 and 97% of 4-CP were degraded with GO and GEO respectively, also 97% of total organic carbon was removed. In addition, by-products of 4-CP that produce a yellow solution obtained only using photolysis are eliminated by photocatalyst process with GO and GEO. The degradation of 4-CP was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD). Thus, photocatalytic activity to remove 4-CP from water employing GO and GEO without doping is successfully showed, and therefore, a new gate in research for these materials is opened.

  14. Vulnerability of Motivation Schemes in Enhancing Site Workers Productivity for Construction Industry’s Sustainability in Nigeria

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    Olufisayo Adewumi Adedokun


    Full Text Available The construction industry provides appreciable employment for the unskilled and semi-skilled labour considering the nature of most activities carried out on construction sites. However, the productivity of this categories of labour have trended poor overtime. This study therefore assessed the financial and non financial motivational schemes; in light of their preference to construction site workers so as to assure on their vulnerability in enhancing productivity. The data collected through the administration of questionnaires to construction site operatives were analysed using the relative importance index (RII. The research instrument was also legitimized with content validity index (CVI for items ≥ 0.80 and cronbach alpha value, as a measure of internal consistency, ≥ 0.70. Allowances, wages stock option and bonuses are the financial motivators while delegation, independence and autonomy, facilities for transportation are the non financial motivations that are important to site workers on construction sites. Giving praises, encouragement to make contributions, free medical care, availability of relaxation centres and first aid provision are the motivation schemes that site operatives believed to enhance their productivity. This paper concludes that both financial and non financial motivational schemes are important to enhancing the productivity of operatives on construction sites. The vulnerable motivational schemes to the enhancement of productivity, as revealed in this study is recommended to the construction and subcontracting firms, foremen, clerk of works, site supervisors, site engineers and all other stakeholders in ensuring a maximum output for a unit input from site operatives.

  15. Catalytic wet air oxidation of chlorophenols over supported ruthenium catalysts. (United States)

    Li, Ning; Descorme, Claude; Besson, Michèle


    A series of noble metal (Pt, Pd, Ru) loaded zirconia catalysts were evaluated in the catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) of mono-chlorophenols (2-CP, 3-CP, 4-CP) under relatively mild reaction conditions. Among the investigated noble metals, Ru appeared to be the best to promote the CWAO of CPs as far as incipient-wetness impregnation was used to prepare all the catalysts. The position of the chlorine substitution on the aromatic ring was also shown to have a significant effect on the CP reactivity in the CWAO over 3wt.% Ru/ZrO(2). 2-CP was relatively easier to degradate compared to 3-CP and 4-CP. One reason could be the higher adsorption of 2-CP on the catalyst surface. Further investigations suggested that 3wt.% Ru/ZrO(2) is a very efficient catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP as far as high 2-CP conversion and TOC abatement could still be reached at even lower temperature (393K) and lower total pressure (3MPa). Additionally, the conversion of 2-CP was demonstrated to increase with the initial pH of the 2-CP solution. The dechlorination reaction is promoted at higher pH. In all cases, the adsorption of the reactants and the reaction intermediates was shown to play a major role. All parameters that would control the molecule speciation in solution or the catalyst surface properties would have a key effect.

  16. Studying the effectiveness of re-hydration on productivity in a sugar beet workers among farmers in West Azarbaijan city

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    F. Golbabaei


    Full Text Available Introduction: Heat-related illnesses are major causes of morbidity in the world. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat are not be able to activate their compensatory mechanisms and their health will consequently be at risk. Heat stress due to its impact on work performance increases the likelihood of worker disease and injuries and it also affect productivity. During sugar beet harvest, farmers from about 8 am to 4 pm, are exposed to sunlight and excessive heat. Therefore, preventive measures are essential in order to protect the health of farmers and improve productivity. The aim of this project as to study the effectiveness of the rehydration to reduce heat stress and increasing productivity during sugar beet harvest, conducted in 2012.   .Material and Method: in this project, 20 farmers from sugar beet farmers were studied during summer season, from 8 am to 4 pm in West Azarbaijan- Boukan city where the average temperature and relative humidity were 29.85 0C and 41%, respectively during sugar beet harvest. Selection criteria were defined as working more than 50% of the day’s working schedule and to have worked for at least 10 days of the follow-up period. Individual characteristics and water consumption rate during the work shift and also Production output data by farmers were recorded at the end of the working day. Environmental parameters using a portable monitoring device was measured and recorded and finally, the collected data was used for analysis using spss software version 20.   .Results: WBGT-TWA index for four the period of the time from morning to afternoon obtained 27.39 0C, as it was greater than the allowable thresholds. Ten workers receive 6-7 L of liquid and harvest production was significantly increased among those who are better hydrated (P=0.005, from 5 to 7 tons of harvest sugar beet per any worker per day, against lower 5 tons for farmers without drinking enough water.  . Conclusion: Farmers productivity can be

  17. Updating lung cancer mortality among a cohort of man-made mineral fibre production workers in seven European countries. (United States)

    Simonato, L; Fletcher, A C; Cherrie, J; Andersen, A; Bertazzi, P A; Charney, N; Claude, J; Dodgson, J; Esteve, J; Frentzel-Beyme, R


    A historical cohort of 21,967 workers ever employed in 13 European factories manufacturing various types of man-made mineral fibres (MMMF) was observed until 1982. Overall there were 2719 deaths (standardised mortality ratio (SMR) = 111) of which 189 were from lung cancer (SMR = 125). For the glasswool and rockwool/slagwool production subcohorts the lung cancer SMRs rose with time since first exposure, exceeding 170 for the period of 30 or more years. Adjustment for regional variations in mortality substantially reduced the excess in the glasswool group, but not in the rockwool/slagwool. In neither subgroup was there any relationship of lung cancer mortality with length of employment. During the early years of rockwool/slagwool production there was the potential for much higher fibrous dust exposure than at present, because of the absence of dust suppressing oil and/or the use of a batch production process. In addition slag was widely used as a raw material. Amongst workers employed during the early phase, there were 10 lung cancer deaths giving SMRs of 270 and 244 for the periods 20-29 and 30 or more years since first exposure. This group accounts for most of the absolute excess of lung cancer for the rockwool/slagwool plants.

  18. Methanization and mineralization of 2-chlorophenol by anaerobic digestion. (United States)

    Beristain-Montiel, Lizeth; Gómez-Hernández, Jorge; Monroy-Hermosillo, Oscar; Cuervo-López, Flor de María; Ramírez-Vives, Florina


    The aim of this study is to contribute to the knowledge about 2-Chlorophenol (2CP) mineralization and methanization in batch culture. This work was focused on evaluating the effect of: (i) the use of sludge with different periods of previous contact to 2CP, (ii) the electron donor addition in stoichiometric relation with 2CP and (iii) the presence of different initial oxygen concentrations. When compared with the control, 50 and 80 days of previous contact to 2CP resulted in a lag phase reduction of 57% and an increase in 2CP specific consumption rate (q(2CP)) of 114%. These results were obtained with no addition of an external electron donor. When acetate was used as an electron donor its consumption resulted independently of 2CP consumption. No lag phase and increase of 46% in q(2CP) was observed when phenol was used as an electron donor. In the third part when sludge without previous contact to 2CP was used, it was found that consumption efficiency (E(2CP)) and q(2CP) values did not increase in the presence of different oxygen concentrations. However, at the highest oxygen concentration, CH(4) yield (Y(CH(4))(-C/2CP-C)) and phenol yield (Y(phenol-C/2CP-C)) values decreased, while CO(2) yield value (Y(CO(2))(-C/2CP-C)) increased with regard to the methanogenic control. The use of sludge previously exposed to both 2CP and O(2) resulted in an increase in q(2CP) of 73%. However, among the different oxygen concentrations, no significant difference in E(2CP) or q(2CP) values was observed when compared to the control without oxygen. Therefore, previous contact to 2CP resulted in being a key factor for improving 2CP mineralization and methanization in batch culture.

  19. Motivating Workers in Construction

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    Jason E. Barg


    Full Text Available The study of the motivation of construction workers is limited to a relatively small body of knowledge. Although there is considerable research available regarding motivation and productivity, few researchers have provided a comprehensive analysis on the motivation of construction workers. The research stated that productivity in construction has not improved compared to other industry sectors such as manufacturing. This trend has been echoed in publications throughout the past five decades, and suggested that motivation is one of the key factors impacting productivity. This paper offers a comprehensive review of the published work that directly links the key words—construction and motivation. The findings have been presented in five themes, that is, motivation models, environment and culture, incentives and empowerment, and worker management. This paper concludes with two methods suggested by previous researchers to improve motivation of construction workers: (1 relevant worker incentives (intrinsic or extrinsic and (2 improved management practices, specifically regarding communication with workers.

  20. Aqueous hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol over an Rh/reduced graphene oxide synthesized by a facile one-pot solvothermal process under mild conditions

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    Ren, Yanlin [Chemical Synthesis and Pollution Control, Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Industry, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637002 (China); Fan, Guangyin, E-mail: [Chemical Synthesis and Pollution Control, Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Industry, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637002 (China); Wang, Chenyu [Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY 13902 (United States)


    Graphical abstract: The Rh nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide (Rh NPs/RGO) nanocatalyst synthesized by a solvothermal technique showed high activity and stability for the hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol under mild conditions. - Highlights: • Rh/RGO was synthesized through a one-pot polyol reduction of GO and RhCl{sub 3}. • Complete HDC of 4-chlorophenol was obtained in aqueous phase without any additive. • The Rh/RGO exhibited an excellent catalytic performance for HDC reaction. - Abstract: Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) supported rhodium nanoparticles (Rh-NPs/RGO) was synthesized through one-pot polyol co-reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and rhodium chloride. The catalytic property of Rh-NPs/RGO was investigated for the aqueous phase hydrodechlorination (HDC) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). A complete conversion of 4-CP into high valued products of cyclohexanone (selectivity: 23.2%) and cyclohexanol (selectivity: 76.8%) was successfully achieved at 303 K and balloon hydrogen pressure in a short reaction time of 50 min when 1.5 g/L of 4-CP was introduced. By comparing with Rh-NPs deposited on the other supports, Rh-NPs/RGO delivered the highest initial rate (111.4 mmol/g{sub Rh} min) for 4-CP HDC reaction under the identical conditions. The substantial catalytic activity of Rh-NPs/RGO can be ascribed to the small and uniform particle size of Rh (average particle size was 1.7 ± 0.14 nm) on the surface of the RGO sheets and an electron-deficient state of Rh in the catalyst as a result of the strong interaction between the active sites and the surface function groups of RGO.

  1. Human Security Workers Deployed in Austere Environments: A Brief Guide to Self-Care, Sustainment, and Productivity

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    Thomas F. Ditzler


    Full Text Available Since the early 1990s, the human security movement has sought to expand the concept of security beyond the traditional military defense of national borders to focus on the intra-state security needs of populations at the individual level. Specific initiatives frequently address problems of population health, ethnic conflict, religious extremism, human rights, environmental or natural disasters, and other critical issues. For expatriate human security workers in the field, the environment may present meaningful challenges to their wellbeing and productivity. This can be especially so for those who have relatively more experience in academic, business, or administrative settings, and less in the field. The authors' goal is to illuminate practices that have demonstrated their efficacy in enhancing wellness, sustainment, and productivity for human security and other humanitarian and development workers deployed to austere environments. The content represents a synoptic consensus of best general practices and guidance from a range of resources comprising United Nations agencies and activities, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGO's, private volunteer organ­izations (PVO's, national military services, and international business concerns.

  2. Toxic effects of pollutants on the Mineralization of 4-chlorophenol and Benzoate in methanogenic river sediment

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    van Beelen P; van Vlaardingen PLA


    The toxic effects of pollutants on the mineralization of 2 mug/l [U-14C] 4-chlorophenol and benzoate were studied in microcosms with methanogenic sediment from the Rhine river. In contrast with studies using a high substrate concentration no lag time was observed and the half-lives for 4-chlorophen

  3. Removal of chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater through constructed wetland. (United States)

    Choudhary, Ashutosh Kumar; Kumar, Satish; Sharma, Chhaya


    This study evaluates the treatment efficiency of horizontal subsurface flow (HSSF) constructed wetland for the removal of AOX (adsorbable organic halides) and chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater. The dimensions of HSSF constructed wetland were 3.5 m in length, 1.5 m in width, and 0.28 m in depth, with surface area of 5.25 m2. The HSSF constructed wetland unit was planted with an ornamental plant species, Canna indica. Under hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 5.9 days, the average AOX removal was 89.1%, and 67% to 100% removal of chlorophenolics from pulp and paper mill wastewater was achieved. The complete removal of 2,3-dichlorophenol, 3,4-dichlorophenol, 2,3,5-trichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, 3,5-dichlorocatechol, 3,6-dichlorocatechol, and 4,5,6-trichloroguaiacol was observed. Some of the chlorophenolics were found to accumulate in the plant biomass and soil. The evapotranspiration rate varied from 6.7 to 12.7 mm day(-1) during the experimental period. The mass balance of chlorophenolics was also studied in constructed wetland system.

  4. Development of a robust chromatographic method for the detection of chlorophenols in cork oak forest soils. (United States)

    McLellan, Iain; Hursthouse, Andrew; Morrison, Calum; Varela, Adélia; Pereira, Cristina Silva


    A major concern for the cork and wine industry is 'cork taint' which is associated with chloroanisoles, the microbial degradation metabolites of chlorophenols. The use of chlorophenolic compounds as pesticides within cork forests was prohibited in 1993 in the European Union (EU) following the introduction of industry guidance. However, cork produced outside the EU is still thought to be affected and simple, robust methods for chlorophenol analysis are required for wider environmental assessment by industry and local environmental regulators. Soil samples were collected from three common-use forests in Tunisia and from one privately owned forest in Sardinia, providing examples of varied management practice and degree of human intervention. These provided challenge samples for the optimisation of a HPLC-UV detection method. It produced recoveries consistently >75% against a soil CRM (ERM-CC008) for pentachlorophenol. The optimised method, with ultraviolet (diode array) detection is able to separate and quantify 16 different chlorophenols at field concentrations greater than the limits of detection ranging from 6.5 to 191.3 μg/kg (dry weight). Application to a range of field samples demonstrated the absence of widespread contamination in forest soils at sites sampled in Sardinia and Tunisia.

  5. Photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol under P-modified TiO2/UV system: Kinetics, intermediates, phytotoxicity and acute toxicity

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    Kais Elghniji; Olfa Hentati; Najwa Mlaik; Ayman Mahfoudh; Mohamed Ksibi


    A series of phosphorus-modified titanium dioxide samples with varying P/Ti atomic ratio were conveniently prepared via a conventional solgel route.The effects of phosphorus content and calcination temperature on the crystalline structure,grain growth,surface area,and the photocatalytic activity of P-modified TiO2 were investigated.The XRD results showed that P species slow down the particle growth of anatase and increase the anatase-to-rutile phase transformation temperature to more than 900℃.Kinetic studies on the P-modified TiO2 to degraded 4-chlorophenol had found that the TP5500 prepared by adopting a P/Ti atomic ratio equal to 0.05 and calcined at 500℃ had an apparent rate constant equal to 0.0075 min-1,which is superior to the performance of a commercial photocatalyst Degussa P25 Kapp =0.0045 min-1 and of unmodified TiO2(TP(0)500)Kapp =0.0022 min-1.From HPLC analyses,various hydroxylated intermediates formed during oxidation had been identified,including hydroquinone(HQ),benzoquinone(BQ)and(4CC)4-chlorocatechol as main products.Phytotoxicity was assessed before and after irradiation against seed germination of tomato(Lycopersicon esculentum)whereas acute toxicity was assessed by using Folsomia candida as the test organism.Intermediates products were all less toxic than 4-chlorophenol and a significant removal of the overall toxicity was accomplished.

  6. Adsorption of chlorophenols from aqueous solutions by pristine and surface functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes. (United States)

    Ding, Han; Li, Xin; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Xiaojian; Chen, Chao


    The adsorption of six kinds of chlorophenols on pristine, hydroxylated and carboxylated single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) has been investigated. Pseudo-first order and pseudo-second order models were used to describe the kinetic data. All adsorption isotherms were well fitted with Langmuir, Freundlich and Polanyi-Manes models, due to surface adsorption dominating the adsorption process. The close linear relationship between logKow and logKd suggested that hydrophobicity played an important role in the adsorption. The SWCNTs' adsorption capacity for chlorophenols was weakened by addition of oxygen-containing functional groups on the surface, due to the loss of specific surface area, the increase of hydrophilicity and the reduction of π-π interaction. The best adsorption capacity of pristine SWCNTs, SWCNT-OH and SWCNT-COOH for six chlorophenols varied from 19 to 84mg/g, from 19 to 65mg/g and from 17 to 65mg/g, respectively. The effect of pH on the adsorption of 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP), was also studied. When pH is over the pKa of 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP), its removal dropped sharply. When ionic strength increased (NaCl or KCl concentration from 0 to 0.02mmol/L), the adsorption capacity of 2,6-DCP on pristine SWCNTs decreased slightly. The comparison of chlorophenols adsorption by SWCNTs, MWCNTs and PAC was made, indicating that the adsorption rate of CNTs was much faster than that of PAC. The results provide useful information about the feasibility of SWCNTs as an adsorbent to remove chlorophenols from aqueous solutions.

  7. 76 FR 2710 - Dell Products LP, Winston-Salem (WS-1) Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Adecco... (United States)


    ... workers from Staffing Solutions, South East, and Omi Resources and Recovery, SecurAmerica, LLC, Industrial... Leased Workers From Adecco, Spherion, Patriot Staffing, Manpower, Teksystems, APN, ICONMA, Staffing Solutions, South East, Omni Resources and Recovery, Securamerica, LLC, Industrial Distribution Group...

  8. 75 FR 57505 - Dell Products LP, Winston-Salem (WS-1) Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Adecco... (United States)


    ... of desktop computers. New information shows that workers leased from Omni Resources and Recovery were...) Division. The Department has determined that on-site workers from Omni Resources and Recovery were... Leased Workers From Adecco, Spherion, Patriot Staffing, Manpower, Teksystems, APN, ICONMA,...

  9. 75 FR 56564 - Dell Products LP, Winston-Salem (WS-1) Division Including On-Site Leased Workers From Adecco... (United States)


    ... of desktop computers. New information shows that workers leased from Omni Resources and Recovery were...) Division. The Department has determined that on-site workers from Omni Resources and Recovery were... Leased Workers From Adecco, Spherion, Patriot Staffing, Manpower, Teksystems, APN, Iconma,...

  10. 75 FR 55614 - Dell Products LP, Winston-Salem (WS-1) Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Adecco... (United States)


    ... of desktop computers. New information shows that workers leased from Omni Resources and Recovery were...) Division. The Department has determined that on-site workers from Omni Resources and Recovery were... Leased Workers From Adecco, Spherion, Patriot Staffing, Manpower, Teksystems, APN, Iconma,...

  11. [Production technology and use of composite materials in the aeronautics industry, risks and pathology in the manufacturing workers]. (United States)

    Franco, G; Candura, F


    The type and applications of composite materials have increased greatly during the last forty years, particularly in the aircraft and aerospace industries. The foreseeable increase of the employment of composite materials in future needs an adequate engagement in finding out health risks involved with technological processes. Composite materials - considered as a close union between a continuous glass, aramid or carbon reinforcing fibre and a epoxy matrix - present several advantages over traditional materials. Structural epoxy adhesives are defined as complex formulated systems. By mixing a large number of ingredients a formulated resin is obtained, which represents the start of the production process for adhesive manufacture. The most important ingredients such as catalysts, accelerators, the groups of epoxy monomers and oligomers, additives most used and their role into the epoxy matrices are illustrated. Of the various technologies existing for the fabrication of aircraft structures the one so called "vacuum bag" is described. The knowledge of the chemical composition of the substances used in the production of composite materials and epoxy adhesives allows to verify the possible existence of hazard for workers health. Among the potentially dangerous chemicals, epoxy monomers and oligomers, catalysts, accelerators are to be considered. The metabolism and the mechanisms of toxicity of epoxides are summarized. However the toxic effects of most epoxides are far from being wholly investigated. In man epoxides ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin can lead to several toxic effects: irritation and sensitisation, alterations of liver and nervous function. Finally some epoxides are considered to be carcinogenic in animals and in man; however for many compounds, the results are not yet conclusive. From what it is said above come out the necessity of a careful sanitary control of the workers exposed to these hazards, control that is made difficult by the

  12. 2-Chlorophenol Removal of Aqueous Solution Using Advanced Oxidation Processes Resulting from Iron/ Persulfate and Ultra Violet/ Persulfate

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    Shokufeh Astereki


    Full Text Available Background: Advanced oxidation processes are used to remove toxic aromatic compounds with low biodegradability, such as 2-chlorophenol. This study investigated the use of sulfate (SO4- and persulfate (S2O82- radicals, as one of the advanced oxidation methods, to remove 2- chlorophenol from aquatic solutions. Methods: This experimental and pilot-scale study was carried out using two chemical batch reactors; one of the reactors equipped with UV lamps and the other was on the hot plate. In iron/ persulfate (Fe/S2O82- and ultra violet/ persulfate (UV/S2O82- processes different parameters were investigated. Results: Iron, UV, the initial pH of the solution, persulfate concentration have considerable effects on the elimination of 2-chlorophenol in both processes. In both processes, the maximum elimination occurred in acidic conditions. The elimination efficiency was increased by increasing the concentration of 2-chlorophenol and UV intensity, and also by decreasing the concentration of persulfate and iron. Accordingly, in iron/ persulfate and ultra violet/ persulfate processes 2-chlorophenol was eliminated with 99.96% and 99.58% efficiencies, respectively. Conclusion: Sulfate radicals produced from activated persulfate ions with hot-Fe ion and UV radiation have significant impact on the removal of 2-chlorophenol. Therefore, the processes of Fe/S2O82- and UV/S2O82- can be regarded as good choices for industrial wastewater treatment plants operators in the future.

  13. Advanced worker protection system

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    Caldwell, B.; Duncan, P.; Myers, J.


    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles. Phase I of the project has resulted in a full scale prototype Advanced Worker Protection Ensemble (AWPE, everything the worker will wear), with sub-scale support equipment, suitable for integrated testing and preliminary evaluation. Phase II will culminate in a full scale, certified, pre-production AWPS and a site demonstration.

  14. 基于学习遗忘曲线模型的员工生产率研究%Study on Worker Productivity with Learn Forget Curve Model

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    黄宇菲; 汪应洛


    基于学习遗忘曲线模型,研究劳动密集型产业的员工生产率.在将该模型扩展到多周期的基础上,探讨了劳动技能培训与巩固、短期雇佣与长期雇佣等对员工生产率的影响.此外,在考虑发生停产的情况下,分析了不同的人力资源管理策略对员工生产率的影响.研究结果为企业人力资源管理提供了理论依据和参考,并为企业保持较高的员工生产率提供了解决思路.%Based on LFCM (learn forget curve model), this paper studies the worker productivity in labor-intense industry. By extending the original LFCM to multi-period situation, this paper discusses the effects of skill training, long-term and short-term employment on worker productivity. Besides, under the situation of temporary production stop, it invastigates how different human resource management policies influence worker productivity. The conclusions from this research may offer theoretical support and solutions for human resource management to maintain worker productivity.

  15. 75 FR 43565 - Johns Manville; Engineered Products Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Volt... (United States)


    ... production of polyester non-woven fabric. The negative determination was issued on April 16, 2010. The... or directly competitive with the polyester non-woven fabric produced at the subject facility and that... Carolina, who are engaged in employment related to the production of polyester non-woven fabric, meet...

  16. Impact of In-Service Training and Staff Development on Workers' Job Performance and Optimal Productivity in Public Secondary Schools in Osun State, Nigeria (United States)

    Fejoh, Johnson; Faniran, Victoria Loveth


    This study investigated the impact of in-service training and staff development on workers' job performance and optimal productivity in public secondary schools in Osun State, Nigeria. The study used the ex-post-facto research design. Three research questions and three hypotheses were generated and tested using questionnaire items adapted from…

  17. Bayesian bias adjustments of the lung cancer SMR in a cohort of German carbon black production workers

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    Morfeld Peter


    Full Text Available Abstract Background A German cohort study on 1,528 carbon black production workers estimated an elevated lung cancer SMR ranging from 1.8-2.2 depending on the reference population. No positive trends with carbon black exposures were noted in the analyses. A nested case control study, however, identified smoking and previous exposures to known carcinogens, such as crystalline silica, received prior to work in the carbon black industry as important risk factors. We used a Bayesian procedure to adjust the SMR, based on a prior of seven independent parameter distributions describing smoking behaviour and crystalline silica dust exposure (as indicator of a group of correlated carcinogen exposures received previously in the cohort and population as well as the strength of the relationship of these factors with lung cancer mortality. We implemented the approach by Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods (MCMC programmed in R, a statistical computing system freely available on the internet, and we provide the program code. Results When putting a flat prior to the SMR a Markov chain of length 1,000,000 returned a median posterior SMR estimate (that is, the adjusted SMR in the range between 1.32 (95% posterior interval: 0.7, 2.1 and 1.00 (0.2, 3.3 depending on the method of assessing previous exposures. Conclusions Bayesian bias adjustment is an excellent tool to effectively combine data about confounders from different sources. The usually calculated lung cancer SMR statistic in a cohort of carbon black workers overestimated effect and precision when compared with the Bayesian results. Quantitative bias adjustment should become a regular tool in occupational epidemiology to address narrative discussions of potential distortions.

  18. Formation of industrial mixed culture biofilm in chlorophenol cultivated medium of microbial fuel cell (United States)

    Hassan, Huzairy; Jin, Bo; Dai, Sheng; Ngau, Cornelius


    The formation of microbial biofilm while maintaining the electricity output is a challenging topic in microbial fuel cell (MFC) studies. This MFC critical factor becomes more significant when handling with industrial wastewater which normally contains refractory and toxic compounds. This study explores the formation of industrial mixed culture biofilm in chlorophenol cultivated medium through observing and characterizing microscopically its establishment on MFC anode surface. The mixed culture was found to develop its biofilm on the anode surface in the chlorophenol environment and established its maturity and dispersal stages with concurrent electricity generation and phenolic degradation. The mixed culture biofilm engaged the electron transfer roles in MFC by generating current density of 1.4 mA/m2 and removing 53 % of 2,4-dichlorophenol. The results support further research especially on hazardous wastewater treatment using a benign and sustainable method.

  19. Mathematical Model of In-situ Ozonation for the Remediation of 2-Chlorophenol Contaminated Soil

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    张晖; 宋孟浩; 黄金宝


    A microscopic diffusion-reaction model was developed to simulate in-situ ozonation for the remediation of contaminated soil, i.e., to predict the temporal and spatial distribution of target contaminant in the subsurface.The sequential strategy was employed to obtain the numerical solution of the model using finite difference method. A non-uniform grid of discretization points was employed to increase the accuracy of the numerical solution by means of coordinate transformation. One-dimensional column tests were conducted to verify the model. The column was packed with simulated soils that were spiked with 2-chlorophenol. Ozone gas passed through the column at a flow rate of 100 ml·min-1. The residual 2-chlorophenol content at different depths of the column was determined at fixed time intervals. Compared the experimental data with the simulated values, it was found that the mathematical model fitted data well during most time of the experiment.

  20. One-bath synthesis of hydrophilic molecularly imprinted quantum dots for selective recognition of chlorophenol

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    Tai Ye; Shi Yan Lu; Qin Qin Hu; Xin Jiang; Guo Fen Wei; Jing Jing Wang; Jian Quan Lu


    A simple one-bath strategy has been developed to synthesize a novel CdTe@SiO2@MIP (molecularly imprinted and silica-functionalized CdTe quantum dots, MISFQDs), in which a silica shell was coated on the surface of CdTe quantum dots (CdTe@SiO2 QDs) and then a polymer for selective recognition of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) was constructed on the surface of CdTe@SiO2 QDs using mercaptoacetic acid as stabilizer, 3-aminopropyl-trimethoxysilane (APTES) as functional monomers and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as crosslink agent. The structures of CdTe@SiO2@MIP were analyzed by ultraviolet-visible absorption, Fluorescence, FT-IR spectrum and powder X-ray diffraction. The application and characterization of the CdTe@SiO2@MIP were investigated by experiments. All results indicated that the CdTe@SiO2@MIP can selectively recognize 4-chlorophenol.

  1. Preparation of nanostructured ruthenium doped titania for the photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol under visible light

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    Radwa A. Elsalamony


    Full Text Available Ru doped titania was prepared by the impregnation method and examined for the photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol at ambient conditions. Ru/TiO2 photocatalysts with metal loadings of 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 wt% were prepared and characterized using TEM, XRD, FTIR, SBET and EDX analyses. The degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP in the aqueous phase was investigated under irradiation at 254 nm, employing either photodegradation in the presence of titania, Ru doped titania or photolysis, to compare the efficiency of these photoinduced advanced oxidation techniques. Photocatalysis under visible irradiation was also investigated. The removal efficiency arrived at 50% using 0.2% Ru/TiO2 catalyst.

  2. The role of human-at-work systems in business sustainability: perspectives based on expert and qualified production workers in a manufacturing enterprise. (United States)

    Genaidy, Ash M; Rinder, Maria M; Sequeira, Reynold; A-Rehim, Amal


    A community of highly qualified employees is desirable for the workforce to become a competitive business advantage, improving and sustaining corporate health. Currently, the scientific literature is limited on information comparing the assessment of expert and qualified workers for the employee-work environment interface. Such information would be valuable for industrial managers to obtain and act on the different perspectives of its workers for business improvement and survivability. A primary objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of expert and qualified workers on the quality of the employee-work environment interface in a manufacturing enterprise. This investigation was performed in a production department in a small manufacturing enterprise. Two expert workers participated in the study, with each being in the company for 30 years and having performed all jobs in the production department as well as supervisory and line management responsibilities. A total of 13 qualified workers from day and night shifts were used in the study, with the great majority of workers possessing 10 or more years of on-the-job experience but not acquiring the same specialised knowledge required for operating the technological resources in the department. The work compatibility methodology was used to assess the quality of employee-work environment interface for both expert and qualified workers. Both expert and qualified workers provided similar trends in terms of their compatibility assessment of experienced and acting work domains. In general, the compatibility levels for the day shift were poorer than those obtained for the night shift for acting work domains. The similarities in assessment between the expert and qualified workers were much closer for factors impacting job performance at the task and immediate surrounding levels (i.e. physical and mental task content, physical environment). There were greater differences at the macro level, that is, at the process

  3. Survey among agricultural workers about interpretation of plant protection product labels and safety data sheets

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    Maristella Rubbiani


    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to examine the effectiveness of risk communication in agriculture through examination and interpretation of safety data sheets and product labels for agriculture products classified as hazardous. Labels and safety data sheets were shown to the users inviting them to report their own interpretation of hazard, risk and the need of preventive measures. One area sample was identified in a cluster of wine companies, chosen in a range of medium to large sizes throughout the country, where 100 subjects were interviewed by telephone or direct interview. Participants were surveyed through questions relating to demographic information, education and perception of risk.

  4. Telecommuting: The Wired Worker. (United States)

    Nilles, Jack M.


    Examines the use of home computers and how they allow the worker to work at home rather than commuting. Discusses the growing trend of telecommuting, cost of operation, how it will affect company structure, and productivity. (CT)

  5. [Evaluating risk of health disorders in workers engaged into polyvinyl chloride, vinyl chloride and caustic soda production (according to data collected by polls)]. (United States)

    D'iakovich, O A


    The authors represent data of automated system for quantitative risk evaluation of main pathologic syndromes in workers engaged into polyvinyl chloride, vinyl chloride and caustic soda production. Vinyl chloride and mercury levels at the investigation time corresponded with MAC. Relationship was seen between value of arterial hypertension risk and duration of contact with both vinyl chloride and mercury. Risk values for functional disorders of liver, endocrine system and nervous system were in weak correlation with length of exposure to mercury at work. Workers exposed to mercury appeared to have lower self-estimation of health state and higher dissatisfaction with the work.

  6. Participatory ergonomics generates new product to assist rural workers in greenhouses

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    Miguez, S.A.; Vink, P.; Hallbeck, M.S.


    The purpose of this paper is to show that the conjunction of participatory ergonomics and outside consulting can be the link among professionals from different areas. This association can result in improvements in the workplace as well as in the production process. Employing participatory ergonomics

  7. Please, do not disturb. telework, distractions, and the productivity of the knowledge worker

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    D. van der Meulen (Nick); P.J. van Baalen (Peter); H.W.G.M. van Heck (Eric)


    textabstractAn unanswered question regarding telework is how differences in workplace distraction levels influence the effect of the extent of telework on productivity. Drawing from research and theory on cognitive overload and distraction conflict, we developed a quasi-field experiment to test the

  8. The Effects of Environmental Factors on Worker Productivity in the Construction Industry. (United States)


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  9. P-chlorophenol wastewater treatment by microwave-enhanced catalytic wet peroxide oxidation. (United States)

    Zhao, Guohua; Lv, Baoying; Jin, Yan; Li, Dongming


    A microwave-enhanced catalytic wet peroxide oxidation (MW-CWPO) technology was investigated to treat a high concentration of p-chlorophenol wastewater under a mild condition. The MW-CWPO experiments were carried out in a microwave autoclave using copper(II) oxide (CuO)-loaded active carbon as a catalyst. The p-chlorophenol was directly ring-opened within 5 minutes at 343 K and 0.3 MPa and then mineralized to carbon dioxide and water. More than 90% of the total organic carbon was removed within 15 minutes. The reaction activation energy (Ea) of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) decomposition was decreased from 47.7 to 43.1 kJ/mol under microwave irradiation. The H2O2 catalytic decomposition was fitted to a second-order reaction under microwave irradiation, while it followed a first-order reaction without microwave irradiation. The experimental results indicate that the MW-CWPO method has significant potential applications for a high concentration of p-chlorophenol wastewater.


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    H. Movahedyan ، A. M. Seid Mohammadi ، A. Assadi


    Full Text Available In present study, degradation of p-chlorophenol using several oxidation systems involving advanced oxidation processes such as ultraviolet/H2O2, microwave/H2O2 and both in the absence of hydrogen peroxide in batch mode by photolytic pilot plant and modified domestic microwave oven was evaluated. The oxidation rate was influenced by many factors, such as the pH value, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, irradiation time and microwave power. The optimum conditions obtained for the best degradation rate were pH=7 and H2O2 concentration of 0.05 mol/L for ultraviolet/H2O2 system and pH=10.5, H2O2 concentration of about 0.1 mol/L and microwave irradiation power of about 600W for microwave/H2O2 system at constant p-chlorophenol concentration. The degradation of p-chlorophenol by different types of oxidation processes followed first order rate decay kinetics. The rate constants were 0.137, 0.012, 0.02 and 0.004/min1 for ultraviolet/H2O2, microwave/H2O2, ultraviolet and microwave irradiation alone. Finally a comparison of the specific energy consumption showed that ultraviolet/H2O2 process reduced the energy consumption by at least 67% compared with the microwave/H2O2 process.

  11. Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous solution by γ-radiation and ozone oxidation

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    HU; Jun; WANG; Jianlong; CHEN; Rong


    The degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) by using gamma rays generated by a 60Co source in the presence of O3 was investigated. The radiolysis of 4-CP and the kinetics of 4-CP mineralization were analyzed based on the determination of total organic carbon (TOC). The influence of initial 4-CP concentration and the free radicals scavengers (such as NaHCO3 and t-butanol) on the 4-CP degradation was also studied. The results showed that when the radiation rate was 336 Gy·min(1, 4-chlorophenol at concentration of 10 mg·L(1 could be completely degraded at the radiation dose of 2 kGy. The degradation of 4-chlorophenol could be described by a first-order reaction model, the rate constant of 4-CP degradation by combined ozonation and radiation was 0.1016 min(1, which was 2.4 times higher than the sum of radiation (0.0294 min(1) and ozonation (0.0137 min(1). It revealed that the combination of radiation and ozonation resulted in synergistic effect, which can remarkably increase the degradation efficiency of 4-CP.

  12. Preferential adsorption of pentachlorophenol from chlorophenols-containing wastewater using N-doped ordered mesoporous carbon. (United States)

    Yang, Bin; Liu, Yunpeng; Li, Zhongjian; Lei, Lecheng; Zhou, Jie; Zhang, Xingwang


    Preferential removal of pentachlorophenol (PCP) from chlorophenols-containing wastewater has been attracted more attentions in wastewater treatment, since it is one of the most toxic pollutants. The adsorbent of N-doped ordered mesoporous carbon (M-OMC) with high BET surface area of 1901 m(2)/g, large pore volume of 1.64 cm(3)/g and uniform pore size of 3.45 nm has been successfully synthesized via evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method. The effects of solution pH, pore structure of adsorbent and their surface chemical properties on PCP adsorption by M-OMC were investigated in comparison with ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC), and much higher PCP adsorption capacities of M-OMC were obtained. The significantly preferential adsorption of PCP was achieved in the treatment of tri-component wastewater including PCP, p-chlorophenol (CP) and 2.4.6-trichlorophenol (TCP), and its adsorption process well fitted the pseudo-second-order kinetics model and the Langmuir isotherm. The initial sorption rate of PCP was 103.5 μmol/(g/min), which was 2.97 times of TCP. It may be attributed to the intensification of π-π interaction between PCP and M-OMC with the nitrogen functional groups. Therefore, M-OMC is promising for removal of PCP in the adsorption pretreatment of chlorophenols-containing wastewater.

  13. Prediction of Environmental Properties for Chlorophenols with Posetic Quantitative Super-Structure/Property Relationships (QSSPR

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    Douglas J. Kleinc


    Full Text Available Due to their widespread use in bactericides, insecticides, herbicides, andfungicides, chlorophenols represent an important source of soil contaminants. Theenvironmental fate of these chemicals depends on their physico-chemical properties. In theabsence of experimental values for these physico-chemical properties, one can use predictedvalues computed with quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPR. As analternative to correlations to molecular structure we have studied the super-structure of areaction network, thereby developing three new QSSPR models (poset-average, cluster-expansion, and splinoid poset that can be applied to chemical compounds which can behierarchically ordered into a reaction network. In the present work we illustrate these posetQSSPR models for the correlation of the octanol/water partition coefficient (log Kow and thesoil sorption coefficient (log KOC of chlorophenols. Excellent results are obtained for allQSSPR poset models to yield: log Kow, r = 0.991, s = 0.107, with the cluster-expansionQSSPR; and log KOC, r = 0.938, s = 0.259, with the spline QSSPR. Thus, the poset QSSPRmodels predict environmentally important properties of chlorophenols.

  14. Toxicity assessment of 4-chlorophenol to aerobic granular sludge and its interaction with extracellular polymeric substances

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    Wei, Dong; Wang, Yifan; Wang, Xiaodong; Li, Mengting; Han, Fei; Ju, Luyu; Zhang, Ge; Shi, Li; Li, Kai; Wang, Bingfeng [School of Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Du, Bin, E-mail: [School of Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Key Laboratory of Chemical Sensing & Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Wei, Qin [Key Laboratory of Chemical Sensing & Analysis in Universities of Shandong, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)


    Highlights: • Toxicity of 4-CP to aerobic granular sludge process was evaluated. • 3D-EEM characterized the interaction between EPS and 4-CP. • Tryptophan was the main substance result in fluorescence quenching. • The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching. - Abstract: The main objective of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) to aerobic granular sludge in the process of treating ammonia rich wastewater. In the short-term exposure of 4-CP of 5 and 10 mg/L, ammonia nitrogen removal efficiencies in the batch reactors decreased to 87.18 ± 2.81 and 41.16 ± 3.55%, which were remarkably lower than that of control experiment (99.83 ± 0.54%). Correspondingly, the respirometric activities of heterotrophic and autotrophic bacteria of aerobic granular sludge were significantly inhibited in the presence of 4-CP. Moreover, the main components of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) including polysaccharides and proteins increased from 18.74 ± 0.29 and 22.57 ± 0.34 mg/g SS to 27.79 ± 0.51 and 24.69 ± 0.38 mg/g SS, respectively, indicating that the presence of 4-CP played an important role on the EPS production. Three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy further showed that the intensities of EPS samples were obviously quenched with the increased of 4-CP concentrations. To be more detailed, synchronous fluorescence spectra indicated that the interaction between EPS and 4-CP was mainly caused by tryptophan residues. The mechanism of fluorescence quenching belongs to static quenching with a formation constant (K{sub A}) of 0.07 × 10{sup 4} L/mol, implying the strong formation of EPS and 4-CP complex. The results could provide reliable and accurate information to determine the potential toxicity of 4-CP on the performance of aerobic granular sludge system.

  15. Environmental contamination, product contamination and workers exposure using a robotic system for antineoplastic drug preparation. (United States)

    Sessink, Paul J M; Leclercq, Gisèle M; Wouters, Dominique-Marie; Halbardier, Loïc; Hammad, Chaïma; Kassoul, Nassima


    Environmental contamination, product contamination and technicians exposure were measured following preparation of iv bags with cyclophosphamide using the robotic system CytoCare. Wipe samples were taken inside CytoCare, in the clean room environment, from vials, and prepared iv bags including ports and analysed for contamination with cyclophosphamide. Contamination with cyclophosphamide was also measured in environmental air and on the technicians hands and gloves used for handling the drugs. Exposure of the technicians to cyclophosphamide was measured by analysis of cyclophosphamide in urine. Contamination with cyclophosphamide was mainly observed inside CytoCare, before preparation, after preparation and after daily routine cleaning. Contamination outside CytoCare was incidentally found. All vials with reconstituted cyclophosphamide entering CytoCare were contaminated on the outside but vials with powdered cyclophosphamide were not contaminated on the outside. Contaminated bags entering CytoCare were also contaminated after preparation but non-contaminated bags were not contaminated after preparation. Cyclophosphamide was detected on the ports of all prepared bags. Almost all outer pairs of gloves used for preparation and daily routine cleaning were contaminated with cyclophosphamide. Cyclophosphamide was not found on the inner pairs of gloves and on the hands of the technicians. Cyclophosphamide was not detected in the stationary and personal air samples and in the urine samples of the technicians. CytoCare enables the preparation of cyclophosphamide with low levels of environmental contamination and product contamination and no measurable exposure of the technicians.

  16. The effect of physical fitness and physical exercise training on work productivity among health care workers

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    Kongstad, Malte Bue; Christensen, Jeanette Reffstrup; Sjøgaard, Gisela

    diseases and improve work productivity (WP) mediated by physiological variables such as BMI, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). The aim of this paper was to examine 1) the relationship between WP and the physiological variables BMI, CRF, and MVC in a cross...... maximal exercise test, and MVC was measured during arm abduction, shoulder elevation, back flexion and extension using a Bofors dynamometer. Partial correlation as well as one-way analysis of variance with Tukey HSD post-hoc testing was used for analyses. Results Cross-sectional analyses at baseline...... inverse relationship between change in WP and change in BMI (r = -.33, p = .004) was found. No corresponding relationships were found between WP and CRF or strength in arm abduction and shoulder elevation. Discussion The present study is the first to examine the relationship between WP and MVC, as well...

  17. Estimation of calcium, magnesium, cadmium, and lead in biological samples from paralyzed quality control and production steel mill workers. (United States)

    Afridi, Hassan Imran; Talpur, Farah Naz; Kazi, Tasneem Gul; Kazi, Naveed; Arain, Sadaf Sadia; Shah, Faheem


    The determination of trace and toxic metals in the biological samples of human beings is an important clinical screening procedure. The aim of the present study was to compare the level of essential trace and toxic elements cadmium (Cd), calcium (Ca), lead (Pb), and magnesium (Mg) in biological samples (whole blood, urine, and scalp hair) of male paralyzed production (PPW) and quality control workers (PQW) of a steel mill, age ranged (35-55 years). For comparison purposes, healthy age-matched exposed referent subjects (EC), working in steel mill and control subjects (NEC), who were not working in industries and lived far away from the industrial areas, were selected as control subjects. The concentrations of electrolytes and toxic elements in biological samples were measured by atomic absorption spectrometry after microwave-assisted acid digestion. The validity and accuracy of the methodology were checked using certified reference materials. The results of this study showed that the mean values of Cd and Pb were significantly higher in scalp hair, blood, and urine samples of PPW and PQW as compared to NEC and EC (p urine samples of PPW and PQW. The results show the need for immediate improvements in workplace, ventilation, and industrial hygiene practices.

  18. Prevalence of Ocular, Respiratory and Cutaneous Symptoms in Indoor Swimming Pool Workers and Exposure to Disinfection By-Products (DBPs

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    Guglielmina Fantuzzi


    Full Text Available The objective of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported respiratory, ocular and cutaneous symptoms in subjects working at indoor swimming pools and to assess the relationship between frequency of declared symptoms and occupational exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs. Twenty indoor swimming pools in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy were included in the study. Information about the health status of 133 employees was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Subjects working at swimming pools claimed to frequently experience the following symptoms: cold (65.4%, sneezing (52.6%, red eyes (48.9% and itchy eyes (44.4%. Only 7.5% claimed to suffer from asthma. Red eyes, runny nose, voice loss and cold symptoms were declared more frequently by pool attendants (lifeguards and trainers when compared with employees working in other areas of the facility (office, cafe, etc.. Pool attendants experienced generally more verrucas, mycosis, eczema and rash than others workers; however, only the difference in the frequency of self-declared mycosis was statistically significant (p = 0.010. Exposure to DBPs was evaluated using both environmental and biological monitoring. Trihalomethanes (THMs, the main DBPs, were evaluated in alveolar air samples collected from subjects. Swimming pool workers experienced different THM exposure levels: lifeguards and trainers showed the highest mean values of THMs in alveolar air samples (28.5 ± 20.2 µg/m3, while subjects working in cafe areas (17.6 ± 12.1 µg/m3, offices (14.4 ± 12.0 µg/m3 and engine rooms (13.6 ± 4.4 µg/m3 showed lower exposure levels. Employees with THM alveolar air values higher than 21 µg/m3 (median value experienced higher risks for red eyes (OR 6.2; 95% CI 2.6–14.9, itchy eyes (OR 3.5; 95% CI 1.5–8.0, dyspnea/asthma (OR 5.1; 95% CI 1.0–27.2 and blocked nose (OR 2.2; 95% CI 1.0–4.7 than subjects with less exposure. This study confirms

  19. Workers of Acromyrmex echinatior leafcutter ants police worker-laid eggs, but not reproductive workers

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    Dijkstra, Michiel B.; van Zweden, Jelle Stijn; Dirchsen, Maria


    Nonreproductive workers of many eusocial Hymenoptera 'police' the colony, that is, they attack reproductive sister workers or destroy their eggs (unfertilized; developing into haploid males). Several ultimate causes of policing have been proposed, including (1) an increase in colony productivity......, applicable if reproductive workers work less, or (2) an increase in worker-to-male relatedness, applicable if within-colony relatedness is low. To explain the distribution of policing across taxa, the explanatory power of these and other potential ultimate causes should be assessed separately. One of the few...... peculiar to leafcutter ants, we introduced reproductive versus nonreproductive workers and batches of queen-laid versus worker-laid eggs into experimental colony fragments and observed their fate. Our main finding was that workers policed by selectively destroying worker-laid eggs, but without attacking...

  20. Bioremediation of soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum, pesticides, chlorophenols and heavy metals by composting: Applications, microbes and future research needs. (United States)

    Chen, Ming; Xu, Piao; Zeng, Guangming; Yang, Chunping; Huang, Danlian; Zhang, Jiachao


    Increasing soil pollution problems have caused world-wide concerns. Large numbers of contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petroleum and related products, pesticides, chlorophenols and heavy metals enter the soil, posing a huge threat to human health and natural ecosystem. Chemical and physical technologies for soil remediation are either incompetent or too costly. Composting or compost addition can simultaneously increase soil organic matter content and soil fertility besides bioremediation, and thus is believed to be one of the most cost-effective methods for soil remediation. This paper reviews the application of composting/compost for soil bioremediation, and further provides a critical view on the effects of this technology on microbial aspects in contaminated soils. This review also discusses the future research needs for contaminated soils.

  1. A comparative study of free and immobilized soybean and horseradish peroxidases for 4-chlorophenol removal: protective effects of immobilization. (United States)

    Bódalo, Antonio; Bastida, Josefa; Máximo, M Fuensanta; Montiel, M Claudia; Gómez, María; Murcia, M Dolores


    Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and soybean peroxidase (SBP) were covalently immobilized onto aldehyde glass through their amine groups. The activity yield and the protein content for the immobilized SBP were higher than for the immobilized HRP. When free and immobilized peroxidases were tested for their ability to remove 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions, the removal percentages were higher with immobilized HRP than with free HRP, whereas immobilized SBP needs more enzyme to reach the same conversion than free enzyme. In the present paper the two immobilized derivatives are compared. It was found that at an immobilized enzyme concentration in the reactor of 15 mg l(-1), SBP removed 5% more of 4-chlorophenol than HRP, and that a shorter treatment was necessary. Since immobilized SBP was less susceptible to inactivation than HRP and provided higher 4-chlorophenol elimination, this derivative was chosen for further inactivation studies. The protective effect of the immobilization against the enzyme inactivation by hydrogen peroxide was demonstrated.

  2. Evaluation of removal efficiency of 2-chlorophenol in aquatic environments by modified fly ash

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    Full Text Available Background: Chlorophenols are classified as priority toxic pollutants. These acidic organic compounds present a serious potential hazard for human health and aquatic life. Chlorophenols accumulate in water, soil and air due to high stability, and impart an unpleasant taste and odor to drinking water and can exert negative effects on different biological processes. Among the different methods of removal, adsorption process by low price adsorbents, such as fly ash (FA is common. Therefore, in this study, the effects of oxidation of FA as modified adsorbent were investigated when the adsorption of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP was increased. Methods: This experimental study was conducted from March to September of 2013. FA obtained from Zarand power plant (located in Kerman province was oxidized with potassium permanganate. Effective factors on the oxidation of FA, such as temperature, oxidation time and concentrations of oxidizers were optimized. Raw sewage of Zarand coal washing plant was tested under optimal conditions. All tests were carried out according to the standard methods book for the examination of water and wastewater. Results: Optimal condition for the preparation of oxidized FA was obtained at 70°C, 1 hour, and 1 mM of potassium permanganate concentration. The absorber obtained was able to remove 96.22% of 2-CP under optimized conditions (pH=3, 2 hours, adsorbent dose 0.8 g and room temperature. The removal efficiency of the real wastewater under optimal conditions was 82.1%. Conclusion: Oxidized FA can be used for the removal of this pollutant from industry wastewater due to its high efficiency of removal in real wastewater, it is easy and inexpensive to prepare and could modify the sorbent.

  3. Healthy and productive workers

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    Ammendolia, Carlo; Côté, Pierre; Cancelliere, Carol;


    and stakeholder experience. This was then systematically operationalized into a program using discussion groups and consensus among experts and stakeholders. RESULTS: The top health problem impacting our workplace partner was mental health. Depression and stress were the first and second highest cause...... and reliability. CONCLUSIONS: In general, intervention mapping was a useful method to develop a workplace health promotion and wellness program aimed at reducing presenteeism. The methodology provided a step-by-step process to unravel a complex problem. The process compelled participants to think critically...

  4. Synthesis, characterization and application of an inorgano organic material: -chlorophenol anchored onto zirconium tungstate

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    Beena Pandit; Uma Chudasama


    Tetravalent metal acid (TMA) salt zirconium tungstate (ZW) has been synthesized, followed by its derivatization using para-chlorophenol (CP). The resulting compound is abbreviated as ZWCP. ZWCP has been characterized for elemental analysis, spectral analysis (FTIR), X-ray analysis and thermal analysis (TGA). Its chemical stability has been assessed in various mineral acids, bases and organic solvents. Ion exchange capacity (IEC) has been determined and distribution behaviour towards several metal ions in different electrolyte solutions with varying concentrations has been studied and a few binary separations achieved.

  5. Adsorptive removal of 2-chlorophenol by low-cost coir pith carbon. (United States)

    Namasivayam, C; Kavitha, D


    Adsorption of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) by coir pith carbon was carried out by varying the parameters such as agitation time, 2-CP concentration, adsorbent dose, pH and temperature. Adsorption equilibrium reached at 40, 60, 80 and 100 min for 2-CP concentration of 10, 20, 30 and 40 mg/l, respectively. Adsorption followed second-order kinetics. The adsorption equilibrium data obeyed Freundlich isotherm. Acidic pH was favorable for the adsorption of 2-CP. Desorption studies showed that chemisorption plays a major role in the adsorption process.

  6. [The effectiveness of hand hygiene products on MRSA colonization of health care workers by using CHROMagar MRSA]. (United States)

    Koçak Tufan, Zeliha; Irmak, Hasan; Bulut, Cemal; Cesur, Salih; Kınıklı, Sami; Demiröz, Ali Pekcan


    The aims of this study were; to investigate the hand hygiene compliance of the health care workers (HCWs) during their routine patient care, to determine the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) hand colonization of the HCWs, to investigate the effect of different hand hygiene products on MRSA colonization and to evaluate the effectiveness of chromogenic agar for detecting MRSA. HCWs were investigated during their routine patient care and hand cultures were taken before and after hand wash/hygiene. Two different techniques were used to obtain the hand cultures: fingertip method (CHROMagar MRSA containing HygiSlide); and direct swab method and then inoculation to CHROMagar MRSA media. MRSA strains grown on those cultures were confirmed with conventional methods. A total of 100 HCWs (of them 61 were female; mean age: 32.7 ± 5.2 years; age range: 25-51 years) involving physicians (n= 33), nurses (n= 38) and health care assistants (n= 29), were included in the study. MRSA was detected in 39% and 11% before hand hygiene and in 13% and 6% after hand hygiene, with HygiSlide CHROMagar media and with CHROMagar in plate media, respectively. No difference were found regarding clinics, occupations, or the type of patient handling in those HCWs who were positive (n= 13) for MRSA colonization following hand hygiene, and those who were negative (n= 26). However, the type of the hand hygiene product used exhibited a statistical difference. None of the seven HCWs who used alcohol based hand rub revealed growth in the second culture while 10 of 19 (53%) HCWs who used soap and three of 13 (23%) HCWs who used chlorhexidine were still colonized with MRSA. In terms of reduction in the MRSA counts, the most effective one was the alcohol based hand rub while the soap was the least, since seven of 19 (37%) HCWs who used soap showed no reduction at all in the MRSA counts. A high ratio of hand colonization with MRSA was detected in our hospital staff (39%). It was shown that

  7. Advanced worker protection system

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    Caldwell, B.; Duncan, P.; Myers, J. [Oceaneering Space Systems, Houston, TX (United States)


    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project describes the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS) which will include a life-support backpack with liquid air for cooling and as a supply of breathing gas, protective clothing, respirators, communications, and support equipment.


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    Full Text Available The voluntary or accidental release of chemical compounds in the environment is a major cause of pollution of natural waters. Most of chlorophenols are toxic and hardly biodegradable and are difficult to remove from the environment. Therefore, it is important to find innovative and economical methods for the safe and complete destruction. The objective of this work is to test the activity photocatalytic of natural iron oxide (NIO in the photodegradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP. The analysis chromatographic with HPLC of solutions exposed under UV irradiation revealed that the degradation of 2-CP was negligible under the condition of using only natural iron oxide. The effect of wavelength on photoreactivity of NIO was also investigated in this process: at high wavelength thus at low energy the efficiency of degradation is important. We have also investigated the activation of NIO by hydrogen peroxide and oxalic acid, The results showed that the photodegradation of 2-CP under UVA irradiation could be enhanced greatly in the presence of oxalate. 2-CP was completly removed after 240 minutes of irradiation when the concentration of oxalic acid is equal to 2.10-3 M. The use of 2.0 % of isopropanol as a scavenger confirmed the intervention of hydroxyl radicals in the photodegradation of 2-CP.

  9. Solar efficiency of a new deposited titania photocatalyst. Chlorophenol, pesticide and dye removal applications

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    Guillard, Chantal; Disdier, Jean; Maldonado, Manuel I.; Herrmann, Jean-Marie [Laboratoire D' Application de la Chimie a l' Environnement LACE (UMR 5634), Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I, Bat Jules Raulin, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Monnet, Christine; Dussaud, Joseph [AHLSTROM Research and Services, ZI de l' Abbaye, 38780 Pont-Eveque (France); Malato, Sixto; Blanco, Julian [Plataforma Solar de Almeria-CIEMAT, Ctra. Senes Km. 4, 04200 Tabernas, Almeria (Spain)


    A specially designed titania photocatalyst was prepared by coating Ahlstrom non-woven paper, used as a flexible photocatalytic support, with Millennium PC500 anatase. At the same time, a new solar photoreactor (STEP) was designed based on the multi-step cascade falling-film principle to ensure good exposure to sunlight and good oxygenation of the effluent to be treated. Several types of reactants were treated: 4-chlorophenol as a model organic pollutant; formetanate, a widely used pesticide in horticulture; a mixture of pesticides used in vineyards; and indigo carmine (IC) and Congo red (CR), which are complex multifunctional dye molecules. Each reaction was performed simultaneously in a solar CPC slurry photoreactor and in the STEP photoreactor under identical solar exposure to better evaluate and validate the results obtained. The STEP solar reactor was found to be as efficient as the CPC for 4-chlorophenol and formetanate total degradation. In contrast, both dyes required longer treatment in STEP experiments. This new system, in which the final tedious filtration can actually be avoided, constitutes a good alternative to slurries.

  10. Kinetics and Mechanism of Dechlorination of o-Chlorophenol by Nanoscale Pd/Fe

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    WEI Jian-jun; XU Xin-hua; LIU Yong


    Nanoscale Pd/Fe bimetallic particles were synthesized with an efficient method to dechlorinate o-chlorophenol. The nanoscale Pd/Fe particles were determined by transmission electron microscopy and BET specific surface area analysis. Most of the particles are in the size range of 20-100 nm. The BET specific surface area of synthesized nanoscale Pd/Fe particles is 12.4 m2/g. In contrast, a commercially available fine iron powder(<100 mesh) has a specific surface area of 0.49 m2/g. Batch studies demonstrated that the nanoscale particles can effectively dechlorinate o-chlorophenol. The dechlorination reaction takes place on the surface of synthesized nanoscale Pd/Fe bimetallic particles in a pseudo-first order reaction. The surface-area-normalized rate coefficients(kSA) are comparable to those reported in the literature for chlorinated ethenes. The observed reaction rate constants(kobs) are dominated by the mass fraction of Pd and the mass concentration of the nanoscale Pd/Fe particles.

  11. Usefulness of a PARAFAC decomposition in the fiber selection procedure to determine chlorophenols by means SPME-GC-MS

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    Morales, Rocio; Ortiz, M.C. [University of Burgos, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Burgos (Spain); Sarabia, Luis A. [University of Burgos, Department of Mathematics and Computation, Faculty of Sciences, Burgos (Spain)


    In this work, a procedure based on solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry is proposed to determine chlorophenols in water without derivatization. The following chlorophenols are studied: 2,4-dichlorophenol; 2,4,6-trichlorophenol; 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol and pentachlorophenol. Three kinds of SPME fibers, polyacrylate, polydimethylsiloxane, and polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene are compared to identify the most suitable one for the extraction process on the basis of two criteria: (a) to select the equilibrium time studying the kinetics of the extraction, and (b) to obtain the best values of the figures of merit. In both cases, a three-way PARAllel FACtor analysis decomposition is used. For the first step, the three-way experimental data are arranged as follows: if I extraction times are considered, the tensor of data, X, of dimensions I x J x K is generated by concatenating the I matrices formed by the abundances of the J m/z ions recorded in K elution times around the retention time for each chlorophenol. The second-order property of PARAFAC (or PARAFAC2) assesses the unequivocal identification of each chlorophenol, as consequence, the loadings in the first mode estimated by the PARAFAC decomposition are the kinetic profile. For the second step, a calibration based on a PARAFAC decomposition is used for each fiber. The best figures of merit were obtained with PDMS/DVB fiber. The values of decision limit, CC{alpha}, achieved are between 0.29 and 0.67 {mu}g L{sup -1} for the four chlorophenols. The accuracy (trueness and precision) of the procedure was assessed. This procedure has been applied to river water samples. (orig.)

  12. 超顺磁性氧化石墨烯复合材料固定辣根过氧化物酶催化去除氯酚%Enzymatic removal of chlorophenols using horseradish peroxidase immobilized on superparamagnetic Fe3O4/graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    常青; 江国栋; 唐和清; 李娜; 黄佳; 吴来燕


    Magnetic Fe3O4nanoparticles were successfully deposited on graphene oxide sheets by ultra-sound-assisted coprecipitation. The nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The synthe-sized material was used as a support for the immobilization of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The removals of 2-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol using the immobilized HRP were investigated. Batch degradation studies were used to determine the effects of the initial solu-tion pH values, reaction temperature, reaction time,H2O2and chlorophenol concentrations, and immobilized enzyme dosage on the removal of chlorophenols. The different numbers and positions of electron-withdrawing substituents affected the chlorophenol removal efficiency; the order of the removal efficiencies was 2-chlorophenol< 4-chlorophenol< 2,4-dichlorophenol. The oxidation products formed during chlorophenol degradation were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The biochemical properties of the immobilized HRP were investigated; the results indicated that the storage stability and tolerance to changes in pH and temperature of the immobi-lized HRP were better than those of free HRP. The nanoparticles were recovered using an external magnetic field, and the immobilized HRP retained 66% of its initial activity for the first four cycles, showing that the immobilized HRP had moderate stability. These results suggest that the immobi-lized enzyme has potential application in wastewater treatment.%采用超声辅助共沉淀法成功地将磁性Fe3O4纳米颗粒沉积在氧化石墨烯表面,利用透射电镜、磁滞回归曲线和X射线光电子能谱对材料进行了表征。将该材料作为载体固定辣根过氧化物酶,考察了固定化酶催化2-氯酚、4-氯酚和2,4-二氯酚降解反应,研究了溶液pH值、反应温度、反应时间、H2O2和氯酚浓度以及固定化

  13. Are safety data sheets for cleaning products used in Norway a factor contributing to the risk of workers exposure to chemicals?

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    Abdulqadir M. Suleiman


    Full Text Available Objectives: Cleaning products are considered less hazardous than those used in other sectors. Suppliers and distributors are less conscientious when it comes to informing users on health risks. The aim of the study was to elaborate on the usefulness and clarity of information in the safety data sheets (SDS for cleaning products, and considering if the use of these SDSs can be seen as a risk factor towards occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in the sector. Material and Methods: Safety data sheets were selected based on the risk level of the product assigned in an industrial sector scheme. 320 SDSs for cleaning products were reviewed. Constituent components found in the products over a given threshold were listed and available information thereof used to assess the perceived non-hazard consideration of the chemicals. Results: The contents of the SDSs was generic and mostly incomplete. Safety measures and health information lacked sufficient specificity despite varying compositions and concentrations of components. There is generally incompatibility between mentioned sections on the suggested non-hazardous nature of the products and health effects. Not all substances used in these products have harmonized classifications, which makes them open to various classification of the products and the suggested safety measures. This results in different companies classifying similar products differently. Risk management measures and suggested personal protective equipment (PPEs are given haphazardly. Physical properties relevant to risk assessment are not included. Conclusions: The safety data sheets are ambiguous, and they lack relevant and important information. Inadequate information and risk assessment concerning the products can lead to workers being exposed to hazardous chemicals. Underestimation of the hazard contribution of the components of the products and the insufficient, non-objective mention of appropriate control and protective

  14. Production of wood vinegars from coconut shells and additional materials for control of termite workers, Odontotermes sp. and striped mealy bugs, Ferrisia virgata

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    Full Text Available Coconut shells and coir are considered as wastes of coconut based products that have not been utilized efficiently.By using these abundant bioresources, which are widely available in Thailand, as raw materials, we were able to producewood vinegars that may be alternatives to termiticides and pesticides. The wood vinegars were obtained from carbonizationprocess using a 200-liter fuel tank as charcoal brazier under temperatures of 300-400°C. In this study, termiticidal and pesticidalactivities of wood vinegars were evaluated against termite workers, Odontotermes sp., and striped mealy bugs, Ferrisiavirgata, using direct contact application. Percent mortalities in the experiments were recorded after 24 hours and correctedfor control mortality with Abbott’s formula. Wood vinegars of 850, 696, and 898 milliliters were produced from coconut shell(wood vinegar A and the mixture of coconut shell and coir (wood vinegar B and the mixture of coconut shell, coir and holybasil (wood vinegar C, respectively. Wood vinegar A exhibited high termiticidal activity against termite workers at a dilutionof 1:50, wood vinegar: sterile water (v/v. By this way, 85% (81.71% corrected mortality of termite workers were killed afterthe 24 hours of test. At a dilution of 1:10, both wood vinegar A and B had exhibited high pesticidal activities against mealybugs, 96% (95.12% corrected mortality of striped mealy bugs were killed by those wood vinegars. In the weakest termiticidaland pesticidal activities, wood vinegar C was able to kill 60% (51.22% corrected mortality of termite workers at a dilution of1:50 within 24 hours. Also it killed 93% (91.89% corrected mortality of striped mealy bugs with a dilution of 1:10 (v/v withinthe same amount of time. Post-hoc comparisons (Tukey test revealed that wood vinegar A possessed the most effectivetermiticidal activity against termite workers. However, a similarity in high pesticidal activity was found among three woodvinegars

  15. Removal of chlorophenols from aqueous solutions by sorption onto walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells

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    Full Text Available The efficiency of walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells to remove three monochlorophenols (2-CP, 3-CP and 4-CP from aqueous solutions has been investigated. To describe the kinetic data pseudo-first and pseudo-second order models were used. The kinetics data were fitted better into the pseudo-second order model with the coefficient of determination values greater than 0.99. The k2 values increased in the order 4-CP < 3-CP < 2-CP. Sorption was also analyzed as a function of solution concentration at equilibrium. The experimental data received were found to be well described by the Freundlich isotherm equation. Effectiveness of chlorophenols removal from water on the walnut, pistachio and hazelnut shells was comparable. Individual differences in sorption of monochlorophenols were also negligible.

  16. Reversed flow injection spectrophotometric determination of low residuals of chlorine dioxide in water using chlorophenol red

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    A novel,simple,rapid,sensitive and highly selective flow injection procedure for the spectrophotometrie determination of chlorine dioxide in the presence of other chlorine species,viz,free chlorine,chlorite,chlorate and hypoehlorite,is developed.The method is based on the discoloration reaction between chlorine dioxide and chlorophenol red and can overcome the shortcomings existed in direct speetrophotometrie determination for chlorine dioxide owing to the serious interference of free and combined chlorine.The procedure gave a linear calibration graph over the range 0-0.71 mg/L of chlorine dioxide.With a detection limit of 0.024 mg/L and a sample throughput of 60 samples/h.

  17. Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol Solution by Synergetic Effect of Dual-frequency Ultrasound with Fenton Reagent

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    赵德明; 徐新华; 雷乐成; 汪大翚


    4-Chlorophenol (4-CP) solution was treated by dual-frequency ultrasound in conjunction with Fenton reagent, and obvious improvement in the 4-CP degradation rate was observed in this advanced oxidation process.Experimental results showed that ultrasonic intensity, saturating gas and pH value affected greatly the 4-CP removal rate. Among four different saturating gases (Ar, 02, air and N2), 4-CP degradation with Ar-saturated solution was the best. However, in the view of practical wastewater treatment, using oxygen as the saturating gas would be more economical. The addition of Fenton reagent followed the first-order kinetics and increased the 4-CP degradation rate.The 4-CP removal rate increased by around 126% within 15 rain treatment. The synergetic effect of dual-frequency ultrasound with Fenton reagent on 4-CP degradation was obviously observed.

  18. Oxidation of 4-Chlorophenol by Mesoporous Titania: Effect of Surface Morphological Characteristics

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    Full Text Available Mesoporous nanocrystalline anatase was prepared via EISA employing CTAB as structure directing agent. The drying rate was used as a key synthesis parameter to increase the average pore diameter. The resultant mesoporous crystalline phases exhibited specific surface areas between 55 and 150 m2 g−1, average unimodal pore sizes of about 3.4 to 5.6 nm, and average crystallite size of around 7 to 13 nm. These mesophases were used as photocatalysts for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4CP with UV light. Under the studied conditions, the mesoporous anatase degraded 100% 4CP. This was twice faster than Degussa P-25. 57% reduction of chemical oxygen demand (COD value was achieved.

  19. [Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous solution by high-voltage pulsed discharge-ozone technology]. (United States)

    Wen, Yuezhong; Jiang, Xuanzhen; Liu, Weiping


    The combination of high voltage pulse discharge and ozonation as an advanced oxidation technology was used to investigate the degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in water. The factors that affect the rate of degradation were discussed. The 1.95 x 10(-3) mol/L solutions of 4-CP were almost completely (96%) degraded after the discharge treatment of 30 min. The degradation of 4-CP was investigated as a function of the ozone concentration, radical scavenger and electrode distance. The rate of 4-CP degradation increases with an increase in ozone concentration and a decrease in the electrode distance from 20 mm to 10 mm. The presence of radical scavenger decreased the rate of 4-CP degradation.

  20. Historical cohort study of US man-made vitreous fiber production workers: V. Tobacco-smoking habits. (United States)

    Buchanich, J M; Marsh, G M; Youk, A O


    As part of our ongoing mortality surveillance program for the US man-made vitreous fiber industry, we surveyed a random sample of study members to estimate tobacco-smoking habits for the total cohort. Separate sampling frames were constructed for four study groups: male and female workers within the fiberglass and rock/slag wool subcohorts. The frames included all persons who had worked a year or more between 1945 and 1986 (with some exceptions), and who were alive as adults (18+ years) on January 1, 1980, the year the age distribution of the cohort most resembled the US comparison population. Subjects were randomly selected from the frames, and a structured telephone interview was administered to the subject or a proxy respondent between January 1995 and December 1997. Using survey data, we estimated the point prevalence of ever and current cigarette smoking on January 1, 1980, and made comparisons with other occupational groups and general populations. Overall response rates (interviews/targeted sample) were greater than 78% for each of the four study groups. From our estimates, we infer that male workers from both the fiberglass and rock/slag wool cohorts and female rock/slag wool workers had higher rates of ever smoking than the corresponding general populations of the United States and most of the states where the study plants were located. These findings suggest that at least part of the elevated externally standardized mortality ratios (US and regional rate-based) for respiratory system cancer noted among male subjects and the male-dominated total cohort in our previous cohort analyses were due to uncontrolled positive confounding by smoking.

  1. Catalytic wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over sewage sludge-derived carbon-based catalysts

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    Tu, Yuting [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), CNRS – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Xiong, Ya; Tian, Shuanghong [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Kong, Lingjun [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Descorme, Claude, E-mail: [Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON), CNRS – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)


    Highlights: • A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared. • FeSC exhibited high catalytic activity in the wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol. • A strong correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the iron leaching and the pH. • Using an acetate buffer, the iron leaching was suppressed while keeping some catalytic activity. • A simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst. - Abstract: A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared and used in the Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The catalysts were characterized in terms of elemental composition, surface area, pH{sub PZC}, XRD and SEM. The performances of the FeSC catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP was assessed in a batch reactor operated at 120 °C under 0.9 MPa oxygen partial pressure. Complete decomposition of 2-CP was achieved within 5 h and 90% Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was removed after 24 h of reaction. Quite a straight correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the amount of iron leached in solution and the pH of the reaction mixture at a given reaction time, indicating a strong predominance of the homogeneous catalysis contribution. The iron leaching could be efficiently prevented when the pH of the solution was maintained at values higher than 4.5, while the catalytic activity was only slightly reduced. Upon four successive batch CWAO experiments, using the same FeSC catalyst recovered by filtration after pH adjustment, only a very minor catalyst deactivation was observed. Finally, based on all the identified intermediates, a simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst.

  2. Single and mixture toxicity of pharmaceuticals and chlorophenols to freshwater algae Chlorella vulgaris. (United States)

    Geiger, Elisabeth; Hornek-Gausterer, Romana; Saçan, Melek Türker


    Organisms in the aquatic environment are exposed to a variety of substances of numerous chemical classes. The unintentional co-occurrence of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern may pose risk to non-target organisms. In this study, individual and binary mixture toxicity experiments of selected pharmaceuticals (ibuprofen and ciprofloxacin) and chlorophenols (2.4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and 3-chlorophenol (3-CP)) have been performed with freshwater algae Chlorella vulgaris. All experiments have been carried out according to the 96-h algal growth inhibition test OECD No. 201. Binary mixture tests were conducted using proportions of the respective IC50s in terms of toxic unit (TU). The mixture concentration-response curve was compared to predicted effects based on both the concentration addition (CA) and the independent action (IA) model. Additionally, the Combination Index (CI)-isobologram equation method was used to assess toxicological interactions of the binary mixtures. All substances individually tested had a significant effect on C. vulgaris population density and revealed IC50 values ciprofloxacin>3-CP>ibuprofen. Generally, it can be concluded from this study that toxic mixture effects of all tested chemicals to C. vulgaris are higher than the individual effect of each mixture component. It could be demonstrated that IC50 values of the tested mixtures predominately lead to additive effects. The CA model is appropriate to estimate mixture toxicity, while the IA model tends to underestimate the joint effect. The CI-isobologram equation method predicted the mixtures accurately and elicited synergism at low effect levels for the majority of tested combinations.

  3. Does an Exercise Intervention Improving Aerobic Capacity Among Construction Workers Also Improve Musculoskeletal Pain, Work Ability, Productivity, Perceived Physical Exertion, and Sick Leave?

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    Gram, Bibi; Holtermann, Andreas; Bültmann, Ute;


    OBJECTIVE:: To investigate whether an exercise intervention shown to increase aerobic capacity, would also lead to less musculoskeletal pain; improved work ability, productivity, and perceived physical exertion; and less sick leave. METHODS:: Sixty-seven construction workers were randomized...... into an exercise group training 3 × 20 minutes per week and a control group. Questionnaires and text messages were completed before and after the 12-week intervention. RESULTS:: No significant changes were found in musculoskeletal pain, work ability, productivity, perceived physical exertion, and sick leave...... with the intervention. Questionnaires and text messages provided similar results of pain and work ability. CONCLUSIONS:: Although the intervention improved aerobic capacity, it was not successful in improving musculoskeletal pain and other work-related factors. A detectable improvement presumably requires a more...

  4. [Carpal tunnel syndrome in workers engaged in the assembly of manufactured products in various industries in the province of Brescia]. (United States)

    Barbieri, P G


    Tests were carried out on five manual assembly departments in a variety of different factories, in order to assess the risks associated with the onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and to describe the prevalence of this disorder among exposed workers. The application of the risk analysis method proposed by the EPM Research Unit in Milan (Italy) demonstrated the presence of numerous jobs featuring both a high frequency of actions per minute and a total lack of recovery times, in addition to a variety of incongrous upper limb postures. The clinical and instrumental investigation diagnosed 76 cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among the 170 exposed workers. 62% of the cases was bilateral and 24% was associated with Guyon Channel Syndrome. In two of the five departments reviewed, the carpal tunnel disorders detected were endemic, and featured unusually high prevalence. The situation had been seriously underestimated by the company technical and medical staff, resulting in a failure to call for the urgent adoption of individual protection and collective prevention measures. The authors recommend that an extensive and adequate occupational risk assessment analysis be performed: the local occupational health services could play a critical role in identifying the highest risk industries and the diseases diagnosed in a hospital environment.

  5. Local viscosity and solvent relaxation experienced by rod-like fluorophores in AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene organogels (United States)

    Dandapat, Manika; Mandal, Debabrata


    Organogels prepared from AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene are immobile in the macroscopic sense, with a well-characterized internal structure. However, the molecular level dynamics inside the gels is not too clear, although a very slow structural relaxation has been reported previously. Using a set of rod-like fluorophores, we find that the rotational mobility of a small guest molecule inside the gel can be extremely fast, indicating presence of sufficiently low-microviscosity domains. These domains consist of m-xylene solvent molecules trapped in the interstices of fiber bundles comprising columnar stacks of 4-chlorophenol surrounded by AOT molecules. However, interstitial trapping of m-xylene does retard its own dynamics, which explains the slow solvent relaxation inside the gels. Hence, the state of m-xylene in the organogel may be characterized as "bound", in contrast to the "free" state in neat m-xylene.

  6. Adsorption and bio-sorption of nickel ions and reuse for 2-chlorophenol catalytic ozonation oxidation degradation from water

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    Ma, Wei, E-mail: [School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zong, Panpan; Cheng, Zihong [School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, Baodong; Sun, Qi [National Institute of Clean-and-low Carbon Energy, Beijing 102209 (China)


    Highlights: • Biomass and fly ash which were widespread for adsorption of heavy metal ions. • Preparation of catalyst by saturated adsorbents for 2-chlorophenol ozone degradation. • This work demonstrated that the O{sub 3}/catalyst process was an effective pathway. • The use of nickel ions, fly ash and sawdust to achieve the recycling utilization of resources. -- Abstract: This work explored the preparation of an effective and low-cost catalyst and investigated its catalytic capacity for 2-chlorophenol ozonation oxidation degradation in wastewater by using an ozone oxidation batch reactor. The catalyst was directly prepared by the reuse of fly ash and sawdust after saturated adsorption of nickel ions from wastewater, which was proposed as an efficient and economic approach. The obtained catalyst was characterized by TGA, BET, FTIR, XRD, and SEM, the results showed that fly ash as the basic framework has high specific surface area and the addition of sawdust as the porogen agent could improve the pore structure of the catalyst. The adsorption of nickel ions by fly ash and sawdust from aqueous solution was also investigated in this study. The results obtained from the experiments indicated that adsorption of nickel ions by fly ash and biomass sawdust could be well described by Langmuir isotherm model and pseudo second order kinetic model. The catalytic performance of catalyst was studied in terms of the effect of time, liquid–solid ratio and pH on 2-chlorophenol ozonation degradation. It was found that the catalyst could effectively improve the ozonation reaction rate at pH = 7 with a 2:1 liquid–solid ratio. The kinetic study demonstrated that the reaction followed the first order model, and the rate constant increased 267% (0.03–0.1 min{sup −1}) of 2-chlorophenol ozonation degradation with 5 mmol/L concentration at pH = 7.0 compared with ozonation alone.

  7. The Contributing Factors to Injury’s Length of Stay in Hospital Among Productive Age Workers in Indonesia

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    Full Text Available Background: Injury is one of the factors that contribute to health problems and disabilities. In Indonesia, the data oninjury and its impact are still limited and only focus on formal workers. Methods: This research aimed to describe thecharacteristics of injury by occupation and to identify factors contributed to severity (length of stay in hospital amongproductive age workers in Indonesia, using the data of National Health Research (Riskesdas in 2013. Results: We analyzed30.455 data using complex samples at 95% confi dence level. People worked as farmer, fi sherman, labor, entrepreneur,and others had more injuries in 12 months than employee (p = 0.0001. Non traffi c accident as cause of injury was alsohigher in those group of occupations than employee (p = 0.0001. The contributing factors of length of stay in hospital werethe injury with concussion (OR 23.1; 95% CI 9.2–58.1 p = 0.0001, fractures (OR 6.3; 95%CI 4.6–8.6 p = 0.0001, eyeinjury (OR 3.0; 95% CI 1.2–7.3 p = 0.0001, followed by road traffi c accident (OR 2.1; 95% CI 1.5–2.9 p = 0.0001, andinjury occurred in the business/industry/construction/farm area (OR 1.7; 95% CI 1.2–2.4 p = 0.006. Conclusion: Factorsthat contributed to the length of stay in hospital of the injury were the type of injury, cause of injury, and the area of injury.Recommendation: Efforts to overcome the injury need to be improved, especially for traffi c accidents and injury in thebusiness/industry/construction/farm area.

  8. Mobile Applications for Knowledge Workers and Field Workers

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    Stefan Stieglitz


    Full Text Available In recent years, the diffusion of mobile applications (mobile apps has risen significantly. Nowadays, mobile business apps are strongly emerging in business, enhancing productivity and employees’ satisfaction, whilst the usage of customized individual enterprise apps is still an exception. Standardized business apps enable basic functionalities, for example, mobile data storage and exchange (e.g., Dropbox, communication (e.g., Skype, and other routine processes, which support mobile workers. In addition, mobile apps can, for example, increase the flexibility of mobile workers by easing the access to firm’s information from outside the enterprise and by enabling ubiquitous collaboration. Hence, mobile apps can generate competitive advantages and can increase work efficiency on a broad scale. But mobile workers form no coherent group. Our research reveals, based on two case studies, that they can be clustered into two groups: knowledge workers and field workers. Knowledge workers and field workers fulfill different tasks and work in different environments. Hence, they have different requirements for mobile support. In this paper we conclude that standardized mobile business apps cannot meet the different requirements of various groups of mobile workers. Task- and firm-specific (individualized requirements determine the specification, implementation, and application of mobile apps.

  9. Thermodynamic Study of Adsorption of Phenol, 4-Chlorophenol, and 4-Nitrophenol on Activated Carbon Obtained from Eucalyptus Seed

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    Nelson Giovanny Rincón-Silva


    Full Text Available Activated carbons from shell eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus were prepared by chemical activation through impregnation with solutions of two activators: sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, the surface areas for activated carbons with base were 780 and 670 m2 g−1 and the solids activated with acid were 150 and 80 m2 g−1. These were applying in adsorption of priority pollutants: phenol, 4-nitrophenol, and 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solution. Activated carbon with the highest adsorption capacity has values of 2.12, 2.57, and 3.89 on phenol, 4-nitrophenol, and 4-chlorophenol, respectively, and was activated with base. In general, all carbons adsorption capacity was given in the following order: 4-chlorophenol > 4-nitrophenol > phenol. Adsorption isotherms of phenols on activated carbons were fitted to the Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radusckevisch-Kanager models, finding great association between them and experimental data. A thermodynamic study was performed, the exothermic nature and spontaneous nature of the adsorption process were confirmed, and the favorability of adsorption on activated carbons with NaOH was confirmed by energy relations and concluded that the adsorption process of phenolic compounds from the activated carbon obtained is physical. The pH of solutions and pH at point of zero charge of the solid play an important role in the adsorption process.

  10. Uptake and transformation of phenol and chlorophenols by hairy root cultures of Daucus carota, Ipomoea batatas and Solanum aviculare. (United States)

    de Araujo, Brancilene Santos; Dec, Jerzy; Bollag, Jean Marc; Pletsch, Marcia


    Hairy root cultures of Daucus carota L., Ipomoea batatas L. and Solanum aviculare Forst were investigated for their susceptibility to the highly toxic pollutants phenol and chlorophenols and for the involvement of inherent peroxidases in the removal of phenols from liquid media. Roots of D. carota grew normally in medium containing 1000 micromol l(-1) of phenol, whilst normal growth of roots of I. batatas and S. aviculare was only possible at levels up to 500 micromol l(-1). In the presence of chlorophenols, normal root growth was possible only in concentrations not exceeding 50 micromol l(-1), except for I. batatas which was severely affected at all concentrations. Despite the reduction in biomass, the growth of S. aviculare cultures was sustained in medium containing up to 2000 micromol l(-1) of phenol or 2-chlorophenol, and up to 500 micromol l(-1) of 2,6-dichlorophenol. The amounts of phenol removed by the roots within 72 h of treatment were 72.7%, 90.7% and 98.6% of the initial concentration for D. carota, I. batatas and S. aviculare, respectively. For the removal of 2,6-dichlorophenol the values were, respectively, 83.0%, 57.7% and 73.1%. Phenols labelled with 14C were absorbed by the root tissues and condensed with highly polar cellular substances as well as being incorporated into the cell walls or membranes. The results suggest that S. aviculare, an ornamental plant, would be best suited for remediation trials under field conditions.

  11. The ratio of the subjective audiometry in patients with acoustic trauma and “noisy” production workers

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The problem of diagnosis and treatment of sensorineural hearing loss (SHL, including forms developed under the influence of noise, takes one of the leading places in ot¬olaryngology. However, there are not many studies on acoustic trauma, although this problem has recently become more and more important. Objective: A comparison of subjective audiometry in patients with sensorineural hearing loss after acute acoustic trauma and chronic noise exposure. Materials and methods. In the work the results of exa¬mination of 84 patients with acoustic trauma, 15 healthy as the control group and 15 workers employed on 'noise' occupations as a comparison group are given. Subjective audiometry was fully carried out by clinical audiometer AC-40 «Interacoustics» (Denmark. Hearing indices were investigated in the conventional (0,125-8 kHz and extended (9-16 kHz frequency bands. Results: Subjective audiometry showed a reduction in sound perception in all patients. Ac¬cor¬ding to the threshold tone audiometry in patients with acoustic trauma hearing thresholds were authentically (P <0,05 increased by 4, 6 and 8 kHz tones of conventional (0,125-8 kHz frequency band and by 14-16 kHz tones of the extended (9-16 kHz in comparison with the control group, as with workers employed on noise occupations. All the examined patients had deterioration of speech-test audiometry and above-threshold audiometry. Conclusions: According to su¬b¬jective audiometry, the type similar disorders of auditory function are in patients with acoustic trauma as in patients with long-term noise exposure, but they are more pronounced and develop much faster. The most informative features which show the origin and progression of hearing loss in patients with acoustic trauma are: increasing hearing thresholds by 14 and 16 kHz tones of the extended (9-16 kHz frequency band and by 4, 6 and 8 kHz tones of con¬ven¬tional (0,125-8 kHz frequency band plus the reduction of

  12. Airborne engineered nanomaterials in the workplace-a review of release and worker exposure during nanomaterial production and handling processes. (United States)

    Ding, Yaobo; Kuhlbusch, Thomas A J; Van Tongeren, Martie; Jiménez, Araceli Sánchez; Tuinman, Ilse; Chen, Rui; Alvarez, Iñigo Larraza; Mikolajczyk, Urszula; Nickel, Carmen; Meyer, Jessica; Kaminski, Heinz; Wohlleben, Wendel; Stahlmecke, Burkhard; Clavaguera, Simon; Riediker, Michael


    For exposure and risk assessment in occupational settings involving engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), it is important to understand the mechanisms of release and how they are influenced by the ENM, the matrix material, and process characteristics. This review summarizes studies providing ENM release information in occupational settings, during different industrial activities and using various nanomaterials. It also assesses the contextual information - such as the amounts of materials handled, protective measures, and measurement strategies - to understand which release scenarios can result in exposure. High-energy processes such as synthesis, spraying, and machining were associated with the release of large numbers of predominantly small-sized particles. Low-energy processes, including laboratory handling, cleaning, and industrial bagging activities, usually resulted in slight or moderate releases of relatively large agglomerates. The present analysis suggests that process-based release potential can be ranked, thus helping to prioritize release assessments, which is useful for tiered exposure assessment approaches and for guiding the implementation of workplace safety strategies. The contextual information provided in the literature was often insufficient to directly link release to exposure. The studies that did allow an analysis suggested that significant worker exposure might mainly occur when engineering safeguards and personal protection strategies were not carried out as recommended.

  13. Electro-oxidation of chlorophenols at glassy carbon electrodes modified with polyNi(II)complexes

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    Berrios, Cristhian [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Ciencias del Ambiente, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACh), casilla 40, correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Marco, Jose F.; Gutierrez, Claudio [Instituto de Quimica Fisica ' Rocasolano' , CSIC, C. Serrano, 119, 28006, Madrid (Spain); Ureta-Zanartu, Maria Soledad [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Ciencias del Ambiente, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACh), casilla 40, correo 33, Santiago (Chile)], E-mail:


    The effect of the ligand macrocycle (phenylporphyrin (PP) or phthalocyanine (Pc)) and of the ligand substituent (-NH{sub 2} or -SO{sub 3}{sup -}) on the catalytic activity for the electro-oxidation in a pH 11 buffer electrolyte of 2- and 4-chlorophenol (2-CP and 4-CP), 2,4- and 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP and 2,6-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), and pentachlorophenol (PCP) at glassy carbon electrodes modified with electropolymerized Ni(II) macrocycles was studied. The polyphenolic residue deposited at the electrode surface was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, impedance measurements, ex situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). A band of aliphatic C=O stretching in the IR spectrum of the fouling film produced by potential cycling in 2,4,6-TCP indicated that the aromatic ring had been broken, yielding ketones, aldehydes and/or carboxylic acids. The sulphonated Ni(II) polymers, which showed the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process in the CV, had XP spectra typical of paramagnetic Ni(II), indicating that they contained Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters. On the contrary, the CVs of the amino Ni(II) did not show the Ni(III)/Ni(II) process at all, this process appearing only after previous activation by potential cycling, and only to a small extent. As was to be expected, the XP spectra of activated amino films corresponded to diamagnetic Ni(II), showing that the concentration of Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters was very small. The amino films were less active than the sulpho films for the oxidation of chlorophenols, in agreement with the lower concentration of Ni(OH){sub 2} clusters in the former films. For all electrodes the highest activity was observed for 2,4,6-TCP, since its oxidation yields a phenolic residue which is much more porous than those produced by the other CPs.

  14. Retired Worker Writes Novel

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    SUN Junxian, a retired worker from the Huanghe Machine Building Company in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, spent nearly 15 years writing her autobiographical novel White Snow. With the publication of this novel, Sun has won widespread praise throughout Xi’an. Readers think the novel is effective and true to life. The China Television Play Production Center plans to adapt the novel for a TV series and present it during the

  15. Modeling chlorophenols degradation in sequencing batch reactors with instantaneous feed-effect of 2,4-DCP presence on 4-CP degradation kinetics. (United States)

    Sahinkaya, Erkan; Dilek, Filiz B


    Two instantaneously fed sequencing batch reactors (SBRs), one receiving 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) (SBR4) only and one receiving mixture of 4-CP and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) (SBRM), were operated with increasing chlorophenols concentrations in the feed. Complete degradation of chlorophenols and high-Chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiencies were observed throughout the reactors operation. Only a fraction of biomass (competent biomass) was thought to be responsible for the degradation of chlorophenols due to required unique metabolic pathways. Haldane model developed based on competent biomass concentration fitted reasonably well to the experimental data at different feed chlorophenols concentrations. The presence of 2,4-DCP competitively inhibited 4-CP degradation and its degradation began only after complete removal of 2,4-DCP. Based on the experimental results, the 4-CP degrader's fraction in SBRM was estimated to be higher than that in SBR4 since 2,4-DCP degraders were also capable of degrading 4-CP due to similarity in the degradation pathways of both compounds.

  16. Oxidation of chlorophenols catalyzed by Coprinus cinereus peroxidase with in situ production of hydrogen peroxide. (United States)

    Pezzotti, Fabio; Okrasa, Krzysztof; Therisod, Michel


    Degradation of 2,6-dichlorophenol (2,6-DCP) was accomplished by oxidation catalyzed by Coprinus cinereus peroxidase. Immobilization of the enzyme in a polyacrylamide matrix enhanced DCP oxidation. Hydrogen peroxide, peroxidase's natural substrate, was produced enzymatically in situ to avoid peroxidase inactivation by its too high concentration. In the case of larger scale utilization, the method would also avoid direct handling of this hazardous reagent.

  17. Neurological and neurophysiological examinations of workers occupationally exposed to organic solvent mixtures used in the paint and varnish production. (United States)

    Indulski, J A; Sińczuk-Walczak, H; Szymczak, M; Wesołowski, W


    The aim of this work was to examine the nervous system of workers chronically exposed to mixtures of organic solvent at concentrations within or slightly exceeding the MAC values, used in the manufacture of paints and lacquers. The tests were performed on a group of 175 people, 107 men aged 22-59 (x = 41.25), and 68 women aged 20-55 (x = 38.62). The period of employment was x = 17.34 years and cumulative dose index 16.97 for males; for females, the corresponding values were x = 14.75 and x = 11.42, respectively. The control group included 175 people (107 men and 68 women) not exposed to chemicals matched according to sex, age, and work shift distribution. The neurological examinations included subjective and objective examinations of the nervous system, electroencephalographic (EEG) and visual evoked potential (VEP) evaluations. The assessment of organic solvent exposure was performed according to the method described in PN89/Z-04008/07, and the solvent mixtures were shown to contain xylenes, ethyltoluenes, trimethylbenzenes, propylbenzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, aliphatic hydrocarbons and the components of painter's naphtha. The most frequent complaints among the exposed males included headache, vertigo, concentration difficulties, sleep disorders, sleepiness during the day, increased emotional irritability, mood swings with a tendency to anxiety. The objective neurological examinations did not reveal organic lesions in the central or peripheral nervous systems. Generalised and paroxysmal changes were most common recordings in the abnormal EEG. VEP examinations revealed abnormalities, primarily in the latency of the response evoked. The results of this study suggest that exposures to concentrations within MAC values, or below 1.5 of the MAC values of organic solvents mixtures used in the manufacture of paints and lacquers produce subclinical health effect in the nervous system.

  18. Reestruturação produtiva e saúde do trabalhador: um estudo de caso Restructuring of production and workers' health: a case study

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    Maria Silvia Monteiro


    Full Text Available Foi realizado um estudo de caso em uma empresa tendo como objetos da pesquisa a forma de administração praticada e os trabalhadores da área de produção, e como objetivo identificar os possíveis efeitos das estratégias participativas no trabalho sobre a saúde dos trabalhadores. Analisaram-se dados relativos à empresa: histórico, características da administração praticada, organização da produção e do processo de trabalho; e também dados relacionados aos trabalhadores da área de produção: idade, grau de escolaridade, percepção sobre o trabalho, vida familiar, vida social, lazer e morbidade referida. Concluiu-se que as características da administração praticada tiveram origem nas idéias vindas do Japão, incluindo a flexibilização da produção, a terceirização, a polivalência e a participação no trabalho. Para os trabalhadores, a participação no trabalho foi sempre referida de forma ambígua, alguns relatando efeitos positivos, como maior liberdade e respeito, com boas repercussões na vida dentro e fora do trabalho. Para uma parte da população estudada, as características da organização do trabalho praticada na empresa têm efeitos deletérios sobre sua saúde, gerando queixas de dificuldade para dormir, nervosismo, sonhos com o trabalho, dores de cabeça etc.We performed a case study on a company focusing on the form of management and the shop floor workers, in order to identify the possible effects of participant work strategies on workers' health. Data on the company included its history, type of management, and organization of both production and the work process. Data on shop floor workers included age, schooling, perceptions of work, family life, recreation, and self-reported disease history. We concluded that the characteristics of the management model adopted by the company originated from ideas imported from Japan, including flexibilization of production, outsourcing, performance of multiple tasks

  19. Catalytic wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over sewage sludge-derived carbon-based catalysts. (United States)

    Tu, Yuting; Xiong, Ya; Tian, Shuanghong; Kong, Lingjun; Descorme, Claude


    A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared and used in the Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The catalysts were characterized in terms of elemental composition, surface area, pHPZC, XRD and SEM. The performances of the FeSC catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP was assessed in a batch reactor operated at 120°C under 0.9MPa oxygen partial pressure. Complete decomposition of 2-CP was achieved within 5h and 90% Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was removed after 24h of reaction. Quite a straight correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the amount of iron leached in solution and the pH of the reaction mixture at a given reaction time, indicating a strong predominance of the homogeneous catalysis contribution. The iron leaching could be efficiently prevented when the pH of the solution was maintained at values higher than 4.5, while the catalytic activity was only slightly reduced. Upon four successive batch CWAO experiments, using the same FeSC catalyst recovered by filtration after pH adjustment, only a very minor catalyst deactivation was observed. Finally, based on all the identified intermediates, a simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst.

  20. Catalytic wet oxidation of o-chlorophenol at mild temperatures under alkaline conditions. (United States)

    Kojima, Yoshihiro; Fukuta, Tadashi; Yamada, Takehisa; Onyango, Maurice S; Bernardo, Eileen C; Matsuda, Hitoki; Yagishita, Kohichi


    Wet oxidation of a 100 ppm aqueous solution of o-chlorophenol (o-CP) was performed in a lab-scale batch reactor using 3% Ru/TiO(2) catalyst at 373 and 413 K, and a partial oxygen pressure of 0.1 MPa. The experiments were conducted by varying the initial pH values of o-CP solution from pH 6.3 to 9.8 and 11.8. From the results, it was revealed that the catalytic decomposition of o-CP occurred most effectively at 413 K and at the initial pH of 9.8. Complete decomposition and dechlorination of o-CP were almost achieved within 1h, and about 85% of TOC was removed in 3.0 h. On the other hand, the catalytic wet oxidation of o-CP at a higher pH value of 11.8 was not effective in the removal of TOC. The incomplete removal of TOC at the initial pH of 11.8 is likely attributed to a low pK(a) of carboxylic acids formed during the wet oxidation of o-CP.

  1. Photocatalytic oxidation of 4-chlorophenol using thermosensitive zinc phthalocyanine copolymer under visible light irradiation

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    A novel thermosensitive photocatalyst,P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc),has been prepared using zinc tetra(N-carbonylacrylic)aminophthalocya-nine(ZnMPc) to copolymerize with N-isopropylacrylamide(NIPA).The lower critical solution temperature(LCST) of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) measured by differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) was 33.5 °C.P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) effectively catalyzes the oxidation of 4-chlorophenols(4-CP) using oxygen as oxidant under the visible light irradiation,and it has higher photocatalytic activity than ZnMPc under the same condition.The UV-vis spectra of them in aqueous solution indicate that the macromolecular chains in P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) restrain the aggregation of ZnMPc availably,resulting in the enhanced photocatalytic performance.The results of photocatalytic oxidation at different temperatures show that P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) presents the highest photocatalytic efficiency around the LCST,suggesting that the macromolecular structure of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc) can directly influence their photocatalytic activity.The hydrodynamic radius of this copolymer at different temperatures implies the intermolecular hydrophobic aggregation around the LCST,which is advantageous for the enrichment and the photocatalytic oxidation of 4-CP.Due to the high stability of P(NIPA-co-ZnMPc),it can be cyclically used in homogeneous photocatalytic oxidation and heterogeneous separation.

  2. p-Chlorophenol adsorption on activated carbons with basic surface properties (United States)

    Lorenc-Grabowska, Ewa; Gryglewicz, Grażyna; Machnikowski, Jacek


    The adsorption of p-chlorophenol (PCP) from aqueous solution on activated carbons (ACs) with basic surface properties has been studied. The ACs were prepared by two methods. The first method was based on the modification of a commercial CWZ AC by high temperature treatment in an atmosphere of ammonia, nitrogen and hydrogen. The second approach comprised the carbonization followed by activation of N-enriched polymers and coal tar pitch using CO 2 and steam as activation agent. The resultant ACs were characterized in terms of porous structure, elemental composition and surface chemistry (pH PZC, acid/base titration, XPS). The adsorption of PCP was carried out from an aqueous solution in static conditions. Equilibrium adsorption isotherm was of L2 type for polymer-based ACs, whereas L3-type isotherm was observed for CWZ ACs series. The Langmuir monolayer adsorption capacity was related to the porous structure and the amount of basic sites. A good correlation was found between the adsorption capacity and the volume of micropores with a width < 1.4 nm for polymer-based ACs. Higher nitrogen content, including that in basic form, did not correspond to the enhanced adsorption of PCP from aqueous solution. The competitive effect of water molecule adsorption on the PCP uptake is discussed.

  3. Parameter Identification of the 2-Chlorophenol Oxidation Model Using Improved Differential Search Algorithm

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    Guang-zhou Chen


    Full Text Available Parameter identification plays a crucial role for simulating and using model. This paper firstly carried out the sensitivity analysis of the 2-chlorophenol oxidation model in supercritical water using the Monte Carlo method. Then, to address the nonlinearity of the model, two improved differential search (DS algorithms were proposed to carry out the parameter identification of the model. One strategy is to adopt the Latin hypercube sampling method to replace the uniform distribution of initial population; the other is to combine DS with simplex method. The results of sensitivity analysis reveal the sensitivity and the degree of difficulty identified for every model parameter. Furthermore, the posteriori probability distribution of parameters and the collaborative relationship between any two parameters can be obtained. To verify the effectiveness of the improved algorithms, the optimization performance of improved DS in kinetic parameter estimation is studied and compared with that of the basic DS algorithm, differential evolution, artificial bee colony optimization, and quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization. And the experimental results demonstrate that the DS with the Latin hypercube sampling method does not present better performance, while the hybrid methods have the advantages of strong global search ability and local search ability and are more effective than the other algorithms.

  4. Chemical degradation and toxicity reduction of 4-chlorophenol in different matrices by gamma-ray treatment

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    Kang, Sung-Wook; Shim, Seung-Bo [Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Anam-dong, Sungbuk-gu, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Young-Kwon [School of Environmental Engineering and Graduate School of Energy and Environmental System Engineering, University of Seoul, Jeonnong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-743 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Jinho, E-mail: [Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Anam-dong, Sungbuk-gu, Seoul 136-713 (Korea, Republic of)


    Gamma-ray treatment of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in different matrices was studied in terms of both chemical degradation and toxicity reduction. Degradation of 4-CP in a complex effluent matrix was less efficient than that in ultrapure water. This is most likely due to the consumption of reactive radicals by matrix components, such as dissolved organic matter in effluents. The matrix effect caused much more profound changes in toxicity. Gamma-ray treatment of 4-CP in ultrapure water abruptly increased acute toxicity toward Daphnia magna while slightly decreased toxicity of 4-CP in effluent. In the presence of ZrO{sub 2} catalyst, degradation of 4-CP as well as toxicity reduction was substantially improved mostly by adsorption of 4-CP onto the nanoparticles. It was found that benzoquinone, hydroquinone and 4-chlorocatechol were generated for ultrapure water sample while only 4-chlorocatechol was formed for effluent samples by gamma-ray treatment. As determined in this work, EC{sub 50} values of benzoquinone (0.46 {mu}M), hydroquinone (0.61 {mu}M) and chlorocatechol (8.87 {mu}M) were much lower than those of 4-CP (31.50 {mu}M), explaining different toxicity changes of 4-CP in different matrices by gamma-ray treatment. The observed toxicity of gamma-ray treated 4-CP was well correlated with the one calculated from individual toxicity based on EC{sub 50} value.

  5. Adsorption of 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions by xad-4 resin: Isotherm, kinetic, and thermodynamic analysis

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    Bilgili, M. Sinan [Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Department, 34349 Istanbul (Turkey)]. E-mail:


    Removal of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) from synthetic aqueous solutions through adsorption on Amberlite XAD-4 resin, a non-ionic macroreticular resins, under batch equilibrium experimental conditions at 298, 308 and 318 K was investigated. It is necessary to propose a suitable model to a better understanding on the mechanism of 4-CP adsorption. For this purpose, Langmiur, Freundlich, Toth, and Redlich-Peterson (RP) isotherm models were compared. The two and three parameters in the adopted adsorption isotherm models were determined by the help of MATLAB package program. It was determined that best fitted adsorption isotherm models were obtained to be in the order: Redlich-Peterson > Langmuir > Toth > Freundlich isotherms. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided the best correlation to the experimental results. Results of the intra-particle diffusion model show that the pore diffusion is not the only rate limiting step. The lower correlation of the data to the Bangham's equation also represents that the diffusion of the adsorbate into pores of the sorbent is not the only rate-controlling step. The thermodynamic constants of adsorption phenomena; {delta}G{sup o}, {delta}H{sup o}, and {delta}S{sup o} were found as -4.17 (at 298 K) kJ/mol, -42.01 kJ/mol, and -0.127 kJ/(mol K), respectively. The results showed that adsorption of 4-CP on Amberlite XAD-4, a nonionic polymeric resin was exothermic and spontaneous.

  6. Adsorption of p-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions on bentonite and perlite. (United States)

    Koumanova, Bogdana; Peeva-Antova, P


    The adsorption of p-chlorophenol (p-CP) from aqueous solutions on bentonite and perlite was studied. These materials are available in large quantities in Bulgaria. Model solutions of various concentrations (1-50 mgdm(-3)) were shaken with certain amounts of adsorbent to determine the adsorption capacity of p-CP on bentonite and perlite as well. The influence of several individual variables (initial adsorbate concentration, adsorbent mass) on the rate of uptake of the studied compound on the adsorbent was determined by carrying out experiments at different contact times using the batch adsorber vessel designed according to the standard tank configuration. Rapid adsorption was observed 20-30 min after the beginning for every experiment. After that, the concentration of p-CP in the liquid phase remained constant. The adsorption equilibrium of p-CP on bentonite and perlite was described by the Langmuir and the Freundlich models. A higher adsorption capacity was observed for bentonite (10.63 mgg(-1)) compared to that for perlite (5.84 mgg(-1)).

  7. Adsorptive Removal of Para-chlorophenol Using Stratified Tapered Activated Carbon Column

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    M.EE Sze; G. McKay


    The feasibility of adsorptive removal of single component organic compound (para-chlorophenol) by Calgon Filtrasorb 400 (F400) carbon was investigated. The Redlich-Peterson equation was found to be the best fit model for describing the equilibrium relationship between the para-chlorophenol adsorption onto F400 carbon. Four adsorption columns with different column geometry and adsorbent particle stratification were used to examine the adsorption kinetics onto F400 carbons. The Bed Depth Service Time (BDST) model was applied and modified to analyse the performance of the columns and the effect of different operating variables. When combining the effects of adsorption efficiency and the associated pressure drop of each type of adsorption columns tested, the carbon stratified tapered column has been determined to be the most efficient engineering option for removing organics, in which the enhancement of the adsorbent bed in terms of longer breakthrough time and higher saturation percentage is the greatest amongst the four types of columns with reasonably small pressure drop across the fixed-bed column.

  8. Visible light photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol using C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite

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    Atul B. Lavand


    Full Text Available C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite was synthesized using the microemulsion method. Nanocomposite synthesized in the present work was characterized using X-ray diffractometer (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX transmission electron microscope (TEM, diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. TEM study shows that CdS nanoparticles are successfully anchored on the surface of C doped ZnO nanorods. UV–visible spectrum of C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite shows a red shift. CdS nanoparticles work as photo sensitizers to expand the photo-response of C doped ZnO to the visible region. Photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy reveals evidence for interaction between C/ZnO and CdS. PL quenching observed for C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite is attributed to improved charge separation properties, which increases its photocatalytic efficiency. C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite exhibits exceptionally high photocatalytic activity for degradation of 4-chlorophenol (CP via Z-scheme mechanism. C/ZnO/CdS nanocomposite is a highly stable and reusable photocatalyst.

  9. [Using Excess Activated Sludge Treated 4-Chlorophenol Contained Waste Water to Cultivate Chlorella vulgaris]. (United States)

    Wang, Lu; Chen, Xiu-rong; Yan, Long; He, Yi-xuan; Shi, Zhen-dong


    Using different rations of sludge extracts and supernate from 4-Chlorophenol (4-CP) simulated wastewater's excess sludge after centrifugation to cultivate the Chlorella vulgaris to achieve the goal of excess sludge utilization together with chlorella cultivating. The experiments were performed in 500 mL flasks with different rations of sludge extracts & BG-11 and supernate & BG-11 in a light growth chamber respectively. Number of algal cells, Chlorophyll, enzyme activity, oil and water total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), total organic carbon (TOC), toxicity index were investigated. Result showed that the nutrition supplies and toxicity in the excess sludge were removed efficiently via Chlorella vulgaris, the removal rates of TN and TP were at least 40% and 90% respectively; After 10 days cultivation, the density growth of 50% sludge extracts was 20 times higher of the beginning while its chlorophyll content was lower than that of the blank group. Sludge extracts could promote the proliferation of algae, but were not conducive to the synthesis of chlorophyll. The quantity of SOD in per cell showed Chlorella vulgaris gave a positive response via stimulation from toxicant in sludge extracts and supernate. The best time for collecting chlorella vulgaris was the fifth day of cultivation, taking neutral oil accumulation as the evaluating indicator for its utilization combined with the removal of supplies and toxicity.

  10. Adsorption of 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions by xad-4 resin: isotherm, kinetic, and thermodynamic analysis. (United States)

    Bilgili, M Sinan


    Removal of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) from synthetic aqueous solutions through adsorption on Amberlite XAD-4 resin, a non-ionic macroreticular resins, under batch equilibrium experimental conditions at 298, 308 and 318K was investigated. It is necessary to propose a suitable model to a better understanding on the mechanism of 4-CP adsorption. For this purpose, Langmiur, Freundlich, Toth, and Redlich-Peterson (RP) isotherm models were compared. The two and three parameters in the adopted adsorption isotherm models were determined by the help of MATLAB package program. It was determined that best fitted adsorption isotherm models were obtained to be in the order: Redlich-Peterson>Langmuir>Toth>Freundlich isotherms. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided the best correlation to the experimental results. Results of the intra-particle diffusion model show that the pore diffusion is not the only rate limiting step. The lower correlation of the data to the Bangham's equation also represents that the diffusion of the adsorbate into pores of the sorbent is not the only rate-controlling step. The thermodynamic constants of adsorption phenomena; DeltaG degrees, DeltaH degrees, and DeltaS degrees were found as -4.17 (at 298K) kJ/mol, -42.01 kJ/mol, and -0.127 kJ/(mol K), respectively. The results showed that adsorption of 4-CP on Amberlite XAD-4, a nonionic polymeric resin was exothermic and spontaneous.

  11. Removal of phenol and chlorophenols from water by coir pith carbon: equilibrium and rate studies. (United States)

    Namasivayam, C; Kavitha, D


    Batch mode studies were conducted to study the removal of phenol, 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol (TCP) and Pentachlorophenol (PCP) from aqueous solution on coir pith carbon by adsorption process under varying experimental conditions such as agitation time, adsorbent dose, pH and temperature. Kinetics of adsorption obeyed second order rate equation and the rate constant was found to be in the range 0.0098-0.0672, 0.0949-0.8801 and 0.172-0.305 g/mg/min for phenol, TCP and PCP respectively. Equilibrium adsorption data follow Langmuir isotherm for phenol and PCP and the adsorption capacities were found to be 48.3 mg and 3.7 mg/g, respectively. For TCP, adsorption followed Freundlich isotherm only. Acidic pH was favorable for the adsorption of all the chlorophenols. Studies on pH effect and desorption show that chemisorption seems to play a major rule in the adsorption process. The positive values of H0 24.99, 18.69, and 8.907 kJ/mol for phenol, TCP and PCP respectively, confirm the endothermic nature of adsorption.

  12. Enhanced aerobic degradation of 4-chlorophenol with iron-nickel nanoparticles (United States)

    Shen, Wenjuan; Mu, Yi; Wang, Bingning; Ai, Zhihui; Zhang, Lizhi


    In this study, we demonstrate that the bimetallic iron-nickel nanoparticles (nZVIN) possessed an enhanced performance in comparison with nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) on aerobic degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). The 4-CP degradation rate constant in the aerobic nZVIN process (nZVIN/Air) was 5 times that in the classic nZVI counterpart system (nZVI/Air). Both reactive oxygen species measurement and inhibition experimental results suggested that hydroxyl radicals were the major active species contributed to aerobic 4-CP degradation with nZVI, on contrast, superoxide radicals predominated the 4-CP degradation in the nZVIN/Air process. High performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometer analysis indicated the intermediates of the nZVI/Air system were p-benzoquinone and hydroquinone, which were resulted from the bond cleavage between the chlorine and carbon atom in the benzene ring by hydroxyl radicals. However, the primary intermediates of 4-CP found in the nZVIN/Air system were phenol via the direct dechlorination by superoxide radicals, accompanying with the formation of chloride ions. On the base of experimental results, a superoxide radicals mediated enhancing mechanism was proposed for the aerobic degradation of 4-CP in the nZVIN/Air system. This study provides new insight into the role of bimetallic nickel on enhancing removal of organic pollutants with nZVI.

  13. Novel synergic combinatorial photoelectrochemical technology for degradation of trace of 2-chlorophenol in drinking water

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    A novel combinatorial photoelectrochemical (CPE) technology with combination of ultraviolet (UV)- photolysis and direct current (DC) electrolysis is studied and discussed for drinking water purification. In the self-made compositive photo-electrolysis incorporate reactor, removal rate of the 2-chlorophenol as model environmental pollutants has been investigated experimentally in terms of applied voltage, pH value, flow velocity, temperature, and aeration conditions. A primary analysis of the combinatorial photoelectric synergic effect on the degradation of organic pollutants has been carried out. It is found that the best performance of CPE oxidation is achieved by the following conditions: DC voltage of 5.0 V combined with UV-254-raidation, near neutral of pH 8 with aeration of pure oxygen. The influences of circular velocity, temperature, and initial concentration of the pollutant are minor. Under the optimal conditions, removal ratio of 2-CP is higher than 50% in 30 min, and 100% removal ratio of 2-CP (5 × 10-6) can be reached and TOC removal ratio reached above 90% in 2.5 h. Complete mineralization is achieved eventually. It shows in our investigation that under the studied conditions the synergic effect of UV photolysis and DC electrolysis on the degradation of the model pollutant is remarkable and validated, which may be derived from the coexistence of mutual complementary mechanisms of photoelectrochemical action, and the radicals chain reactions resulted from photo activation and electrolysis excitation in the process of CPE oxidation.

  14. Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation of o-Chlorophenol in Wastewater%邻氯苯酚废水的催化湿式氧化处理

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    徐新华; 汪大翚


    Catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) was investigated in laboratory-scale experiments for the treatmentof o-chlorophenol in wastewater. Experimental results showed that wet air oxidation (WAO) process in the absence ofcatalyst was also effective for o-chlorophenol in wastewater treatment. Up to 80% of the initial CODCr was removedby wet air oxidation at 270℃ with twice amount of the required stoichiometric oxygen supply. At temperatureof 150℃, the removal rate of CODCr was only 30%. Fe2(SO4)3, CuSO4, Cu(NO3)2 and MnSO4 exhibited highcatalytic activity. Higher removal rate of CODCr was obtained by CWAO. More than 96% of the initial CODCrwas removed at 270℃ and 84.6%-93.6% of the initial CODCr was removed at 150℃. Mixed catalysts had bettercatalytic activity for the degradation of o-chlorophenol in wastewater.

  15. Musicoterapia institucional na saúde do trabalhador: conexões, interfaces e produções Institutional music therapy in workers' health: connections, interfaces and production

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    Laize Guazina


    Full Text Available Este trabalho propõe e analisa a Musicoterapia como estratégia de produção de saúde do trabalhador, em estudo desenvolvido junto a profissionais técnicas de enfermagem de uma Unidade de Terapia Intensiva infantil de um hospital público da cidade de Porto Alegre. A atenção à saúde dos trabalhadores produz novas questões teórico-conceituais, práticas, éticas e políticas no campo da Musicoterapia, ligadas ao território do trabalho e suas configurações contemporâneas, ao "ser" trabalhador e à saúde, e que têm implicações sobre a Musicoterapia e o musicoterapeuta na contemporaneidade. À luz das contribuições de Foucault, este trabalho centraliza-se na discussão do hospital como território de produção de subjetividades, a partir do desenvolvimento do conceito de 'Panáudio', mapeando e analisando efeitos deste dispositivo, que se efetivam pelos contextos sonoros. Aponta controles e resistências possíveis e propõe a produção de novas subjetividades pelo uso das práticas musicais em Musicoterapia em uma proposta de abordagem institucional.This paper proposes and analyzes Music Therapy as a production strategy towards workers' health in a study developed with nurse technicians from a Children's Intensive Care Center of a public hospital in Porto Alegre. The concern with workers' health brings about new theoretical, conceptual, ethical and political queries in the field of Music Therapy, such queries are related with the working field and its contemporary features, with the working being and with health; these queries produce consequences on Music Therapy and Music therapists contemporarily. Based on Foucault's contributions, this paper focuses on the discussion about hospitals being a field for subjectivities production, from the development of the 'Panaudio' concept, mapping and analyzing its effects, which are effective by sound contexts. This paper also points out possible controls and resistances and proposes the

  16. Heuristic for Task-Worker Assignment with Varying Learning Slopes

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    Wipawee Tharmmaphornphilas


    Full Text Available Fashion industry has variety products, so the multi-skilled workers are required to improve flexibility in production and assignment. Generally the supervisor will assign task to the workers based on skill and skill levels of worker. Since in fashion industry new product styles are launched more frequently and the order size tends to be smaller, the workers always learn when the raw material and the production process changes. Consequently they require less time to produce the succeeding units of a task based on their learning ability. Since the workers have both experience and inexperience workers, so each worker has different skill level and learning ability. Consequently, the assignment which assumed constant skill level is not proper to use. This paper proposes a task-worker assignment considering worker skill levels and learning abilities. Processing time of each worker changes along production period due to a worker learning ability. We focus on a task-worker assignment in a fashion industry where tasks are ordered in series; the number of tasks is greater than the number of workers. Therefore, workers can perform multiple assignments followed the precedence restriction as an assembly line balancing problem. The problem is formulated in an integer linear programming model with objective to minimize makespan. A heuristic is proposed to determine the lower bound (LB and the upper bound (UB of the problem and the best assignment is determined. The performance of the heuristic method is tested by comparing quality of solution and computational time to optimal solutions.

  17. Effect of height adjustable desks on standing time, discomfort, and productivity of office workers with sedentary occupations (United States)

    Sedentary jobs promote weight gain and health risks. Interrupting sitting with standing is protective against sitting-related health risks. However, standing for portions of the workday will not be accepted if it reduces comfort or productivity. This study determined the initial changes from baselin...

  18. 75 FR 38127 - Visteon Systems, LLC North Penn Plant Electronics Products Group Including On-Site Leased Workers... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Visteon Systems, LLC North Penn Plant Electronics Products Group... Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2273), and Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974 (26 U.S.C. 2813), as...

  19. Founding weaver ant queens (Oecophylla longinoda) increase production and nanitic worker size when adopting non-nestmate pupae

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    Ouagoussounon, Issa; Offenberg, Joachim; Sinzogan, Antonio;


    Weaver ants (Oecophylla longinoda Latreille) are used commercially to control pest insects and for protein production. In this respect fast colony growth is desirable for managed colonies. Transplantation of non-nestmate pupae to incipient colonies has been shown to boost colony growth. Our objec...

  20. Efficient photocatalytic reductive dechlorination of 4-chlorophenol to phenol on {0 0 1}/{1 0 1} facets co-exposed TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Jiang, Guodong; Wei, Meng; Yuan, Songdong [College of Chemistry and chemical engineering, Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for High Efficient Utilization of Solar Energy, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan 430068 (China); Chang, Qing, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and Ministry of Education, College of Resources and Environmental Science, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • 4-Chlorophenol is dechlorinated over {0 0 1}/{1 0 1} co-exposed TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals. • Photo-electrons are accumulated on {1 0 1} facets due to surface heterojunction. • Fluorine will trap photoelectrons to depress the dechlorination performance. • Sufficient isopropanol promotes the dechlorination activity and selectivity. - Abstract: 4-chlorophenol could be efficiently photoreductively dechlorinated over anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals with co-exposed {0 0 1} and {1 0 1} facets, which were synthesized and further characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Although fluorine could adsorb on {0 0 1} facets to decrease their surface energy, enabling TiO{sub 2} to expose high energy {0 0 1} facets, the surface bonded fluorine might depress the photoreductive dechlorination efficiency of 4-chlorophenol, attributed to the electron trapping role of surface ≡Ti−F groups. Due to the formation of a surface heterojunction between {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} facets in a single TiO{sub 2} nanocrystal, electrons and holes were spontaneously self-separated and selectively migrate to {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} facets, respectively. Electron trapping experiments demonstrated that photogenerated electrons are the responsible for the reductive dechlorinaton of 4-chlorophenol to phenol. To avoid the oxidative degradation of 4-chlorophenol by holes and ensure sufficient electrons to reductively dechlorinate the substrate, moderate scavengers were required in the reaction system and dissolved oxygen, which might deplete electron on TiO{sub 2}, also should be removed. With the optimal scavengers, the conversion efficiency of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) achieved 97.5% and the selectivity for phenol was 92.5%, which were much higher than that of commercial TiO{sub 2} P25.

  1. Adsorption and bio-sorption of nickel ions and reuse for 2-chlorophenol catalytic ozonation oxidation degradation from water. (United States)

    Ma, Wei; Zong, Panpan; Cheng, Zihong; Wang, Baodong; Sun, Qi


    This work explored the preparation of an effective and low-cost catalyst and investigated its catalytic capacity for 2-chlorophenol ozonation oxidation degradation in wastewater by using an ozone oxidation batch reactor. The catalyst was directly prepared by the reuse of fly ash and sawdust after saturated adsorption of nickel ions from wastewater, which was proposed as an efficient and economic approach. The obtained catalyst was characterized by TGA, BET, FTIR, XRD, and SEM, the results showed that fly ash as the basic framework has high specific surface area and the addition of sawdust as the porogen agent could improve the pore structure of the catalyst. The adsorption of nickel ions by fly ash and sawdust from aqueous solution was also investigated in this study. The results obtained from the experiments indicated that adsorption of nickel ions by fly ash and biomass sawdust could be well described by Langmuir isotherm model and pseudo second order kinetic model. The catalytic performance of catalyst was studied in terms of the effect of time, liquid-solid ratio and pH on 2-chlorophenol ozonation degradation. It was found that the catalyst could effectively improve the ozonation reaction rate at pH=7 with a 2:1 liquid-solid ratio. The kinetic study demonstrated that the reaction followed the first order model, and the rate constant increased 267% (0.03-0.1 min(-1)) of 2-chlorophenol ozonation degradation with 5 mmol/L concentration at pH=7.0 compared with ozonation alone.

  2. In situ encapsulation of laccase in nanofibers by electrospinning for development of enzyme biosensors for chlorophenol monitoring. (United States)

    Liu, Jia; Niu, Junfeng; Yin, Lifeng; Jiang, Fan


    A biosensor based on Trametes versicolor laccase (Lac) was developed for the determination of phenolic compounds. The biosensor was prepared by in situ electrospinning of a mixture of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), Lac, PEO-PPO-PEO (F108) and gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), where F108 was used as an enzyme stabilizing additive and Au NPs was used to enhance the conductivity of the biosensor. Laser confocal scanning microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy proved that the enzyme was successfully encapsulated into the electrospun nanofibers. Under the optimal conditions, the lowest detection limit was found to be 0.04 μM (S/N = 3) for 2,4-DCP and the highest detection limit was found to be 12.10 μM for 4-CP. The sensitivity of the biosensor obtained in the linear range for chlorophenols followed the sequence 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) > 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) > 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). The sensing performance for chlorophenols was attributed to the suitable electrochemical interface of PVA/F108/Au NPs/Lac, resulting from biocompatibility, a high surface area-to-volume ratio (10.42 m(2) g(-1)) and superior mechanical properties of the electrospun nanofibers. The biosensor exhibited good repeatabilities of 7.6%, 2.8% and 9.0% (R.S.D.) and reproducibilities of 14.9%, 10.4% and 13.7% (R.S.D.) for 4-CP, 2,4-DCP and 2,4,6-TCP, respectively. Lac retained 65.8% of its initial activity after a 30-day storage period.

  3. Making products available among community health workers: Evidence for improving community health supply chains from Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda (United States)

    Chandani, Yasmin; Andersson, Sarah; Heaton, Alexis; Noel, Megan; Shieshia, Mildred; Mwirotsi, Amanda; Krudwig, Kirstin; Nsona, Humphreys; Felling, Barbara


    Background A UNICEF review of the challenges to scaling up integrated community case management (iCCM) found that drug shortages were a common bottleneck. In many settings, little thought has gone into the design of supply chains to the community level and limited evidence exists for how to address these unique challenges. SC4CCM’s purpose was to conduct intervention research to identify proven, simple, affordable solutions that address the unique supply chain challenges faced by CHWs and to demonstrate that supply chain constraints at the community level can be overcome. Methods SC4CCM selected three countries to implement supply chain innovations and developed a theory of change (TOC) framework for the learning phase, which identified the main drivers of product availability and was used for baseline assessments, design, implementation and evaluation of interventions in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda. Interventions were developed in each country and tested over 12–24 months. Mixed–method follow up assessments were conducted in each country in 2012–2013. The Supply Chain for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) Project then simplified the TOC into a Community Health Supply Chain (CHSC) framework to enable cross country analysis Results The findings from interventions in the three countries suggest that the greatest supply chain benefits are realized when all three CHSC framework elements (data flow, product flow, and effective people) are in place and working together. The synergistic effect of these three elements on supply chain performance was most effectively demonstrated by results from the Enhanced Management and Quality Collaborative interventions in Malawi and Rwanda, respectively, which were characterized by lower mean stockout rates and higher in stock rates on day of visit, when compared to other interventions. Conclusions Many conditions are necessary to ensure continuous product availability at the community level, however a supply chain works

  4. The adaptive significance of inquiline parasite workers

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    Sumner, Seirian; Nash, David R; Boomsma, Jacobus J


    Social parasites exploit the socially managed resources of their host's society. Inquiline social parasites are dependent on their host throughout their life cycle, and so many of the traits inherited from their free-living ancestor are removed by natural selection. One trait that is commonly lost...... is the worker caste, the functions of which are adequately fulfilled by host workers. The few inquiline parasites that have retained a worker caste are thought to be at a transitional stage in the evolution of social parasitism, and their worker castes are considered vestigial and non-adaptive. However...... a vital role in ensuring the parasite's fitness. We show that the presence of these parasite workers has a positive effect on the production of parasite sexuals and a negative effect on the production of host sexuals. This suggests that inquiline workers play a vital role in suppressing host queen...

  5. 78 FR 21151 - G4 Products, LLC a Subsidiary of G4 Holdings, Inc. Including Workers Whose Wages are Paid Under... (United States)


    ... Whose Wages are Paid Under CPS Ventures, LLC, Crestline, Ecoeverywhere, LLC, G4 Services, LL, Geiger Brothers, Geiger Group, Livgeiger, and Sun Graphix and Including On-Site Leased Workers from OSW and Maine..., LLC, Geiger Brothers, Geiger Group, Livgeiger, LLC, and Sun Graphix. The subject worker group does...

  6. Medical Surveillance for Former Workers

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    Tim Takaro


    The Former Hanford Worker Medical Monitoring Program, directed by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at the University of Washington, served former production and other non-construction workers who were potentially exposed to workplace hazards while working for the USDOE or its contractors at Hanford. The USDOE Former Workers Program arose from Congressional action in the Defense Authorization of 1993 (Public Law 102). Section 3162 stated that, “The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program for the identification and ongoing medical evaluation of current and former Department of Energy employees who are subject to significant health risks as a result of exposure of such employees to hazardous or radioactive substances during such employment.” (This also covers former employees of USDOE contractors and subcontractors.) The key objective has been to provide these former workers with medical evaluations in order to determine whether workers have experienced significant risk due to workplace exposure to hazards. Exposures to asbestos, beryllium, and noise can produce specific medical conditions: asbestosis, berylliosis, and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Each of these conditions can be identified by specific, non-invasive screening tests, which are widely available. Treatments are also available for individuals affected by these conditions. This project involved two phases. Phase I involved a needs and risk assessment, characterizing the nature and extent of workplace health hazards which may have increased the risk for long-term health effects. We categorized jobs and tasks by likelihood of exposures to specific workplace health hazards; and located and established contact with former Hanford workers. Phase II involved implementation of medical monitoring programs for former workers whose individual work history indicated significant risk for adverse health effects. We identified 118,000 former workers, employed from 1943 to 1997

  7. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer in AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene organogels

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    Dandapat, Manika; Mandal, Debabrata, E-mail:


    Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) between donor coumarins (C102 and C153) and acceptor Rhodamine 6G were studied in AOT/4-chlorophenol/m-xylene organogels. The gel comprises a three-dimensional network of fiber bundles trapping the m-xylene solvent. Each fiber is an aggregate of several strands, and each strand consists of a central columnar stack of the phenols, surrounded by AOT headgroups. Our acceptor is ionic so that it was concentrated near the polar center of the strand, while the neutral donors were likely distributed over a wider region. With C153 as donor, clear evidence of FRET (time-constant~100 ps) was found, which indicated that the donor and acceptor may reside in neighboring strands within the same fiber. However, with C102 as donor, FRET probably occurred over an ultrashort, sub-picosecond time-scale suggesting that the donor and acceptor in this case resided in close vicinity. Thus, C102 tends to localize near the polar centre of the strands, compared to the more hydrophobic C153, which prefers to occupy the relatively non-polar peripheral regions of the strands and fibers. - Highlights: • FRET between coumarin donors and Rhodamine 6G acceptor studied in AOT organogels. • With Coumarin 153 donor, a ~100 ps FRET component detected in both donor and acceptor fluorescence. • With Coumarin 102 donor, FRET component too short to be detected with a time-resolution of ~70 ps. • The FRET rates reveal crucial differences in donor–acceptor distances for the two coumarin donors.

  8. Worker participation - the Netherlands

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    Kwantes, J.H.


    Worker participation relates to the involvement of workers in the management decision-making processes. In this article attention is focused on worker participation related to occupational safety and health in the Netherlands. Worker participation can refer either to direct or indirect participation

  9. Visible light responsive N-F-codoped TiO2 photocatalysts for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol

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    Xiaohong Li; Haidong Zhang; Xuxu Zheng; Zhongyi Yin; Le Wei


    N-F-codoped TiO2 (NFTO) photocatalysts were synthesized by a simple sol-gel process with tetrabutyl titanate (Ti(OBu)4) as the precursor of TiO2 and ammonium fluoride (NH4F) as the source of N and F.The synthesized photocatalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) and photodegradation reaction tests of 4-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation to understand the relationship between the structure of NFTO catalyst and corresponding photocatalytic activity.The crystal phase and particle size of catalysts were found to be largely affected by the calcination temperature.In addition,N-F-codoping could inhibit phase transition of TiO2 from anatase to rutile.The presence of N and F atoms in the lattice of TiO2 is responsible for the visible light catalytic activity.In UV-Vis DRS tests,the spectrum of NFTO exhibited red shift compared with Degussa P25 and the band gap was reduced to around 2.92 eV.Under optimal calcination temperature and dopant concentration conditions,the NFTO photocatalyst exhibited the highest activity in the photodegradation reaction tests of 4-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation with a degradation rate of 75.84%.Besides,the 5-recycle test showed that NFTO photocatalyst could be reused and its activity kept stable under visible light irradiation.

  10. Effect of Sb dopant amount on the structure and electrocatalytic capability of Ti/Sb-SnO2 electrodes in the oxidation of 4-chlorophenol

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    Ti/Sb-SnO2 anodes were prepared by thermal decomposition to examine the influence of the amount of Sb dopant on the structure and electrocatalytic capability of the electrodes in the oxidation of 4-chlorophenol. The physicochemical properties of the Sb-SnO2 coating were markedly influenced by different amounts of Sb dopant. The electrodes, which contained 5% Sb dopant in the coating, presented a much more homogenous surface and much smaller mud-cracks, compared with Ti/Sb-SnO2 electrodes containing 10% or 15% Sb dopant, which exibited larger mud cracks and pores on the surface. However, the main microstructure remained unchanged with the addition of the Sb dopant. No new crystal phase was observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical oxidation of 4-chlorophenol on the Ti/SnO2 electrode with 5% Sb dopant was inclined to electrochemical combustion; while for those containing more Sb dopant, intermediate species were accumulated. The electrodes with 5% Sb dopant showed the highest efficiency in the bulk electrolysis of 4-chlorophenol at a current density of 20 mA/cm2 for 180 min; and the removal rates of 4-chlorophenol and COD were 51.0% and 48.9%, respectively.

  11. Trace analysis of chlorophenols in river water samples by stir bar sorptive extraction with in situ derivatization and thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Kawaguchi, M.; Ishii, Y.; Okanouchi, N.; Sakui, N.; Ito, R.; Inoue, K.; Nakazawa, H. [Hoshi Univ., Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Saito, K. [Saitama Institute of Public Health, Saitama (Japan). Dioxin Research Group


    Many analytical methods for the determination of chlorophenols in water samples have been reported including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). However, GC-MS was initially used for the determination of phenol compounds even though derivatization was required. The derivatization leads to sharper peaks and hence to better separation and higher sensitivity for the phenols. However, the derivatization faces the risk of contamination and hence an overestimation of chlorophenols concentration. In order to overcome these problems, in situ derivatization has been developed, which involves the simple addition of a reagent to a liquid sample. Recently, a new sorptive extraction technique that uses a stir bar coated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was developed. The technique is known as stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE). We already reported that determination of 4-tert-octylphenol (OP) and 4-nonylphenol (NP) in river water4 and body fluid samples by using SBSE. In addition, SBSE with in situ derivatization has been successfully used in the determination of bisphenol A (BPA) in human body fluid samples6 and phenolic xenoestrogens in river water samples. The aim of this study is to determine trace amounts of chlorophenols in water samples by SBSE with in situ derivatization, followed by thermal desorption (TD)-GC-MS. The developed method was applied to determination of chlorophenols in river water samples.

  12. More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. (United States)

    Chau, Josephine Y; Sukala, William; Fedel, Karla; Do, Anna; Engelen, Lina; Kingham, Megan; Sainsbury, Amanda; Bauman, Adrian E


    This study evaluated the effects of sit-stand desks on workers' objectively and subjectively assessed sitting, physical activity, and productivity. This quasi-experimental study involved one intervention group (n = 16) and one comparison group (n = 15). Participants were call center employees from two job-matched teams at a large telecommunications company in Sydney, Australia (45% female, 33 ± 11 years old). Intervention participants received a sit-stand desk, brief training, and daily e-mail reminders to stand up more frequently for the first 2 weeks post-installation. Control participants carried out their usual work duties at seated desks. Primary outcomes were workday sitting and physical activity assessed using ActivPAL or ActiGraph devices and self-report questionnaires. Productivity outcomes were company-specific objective metrics (e.g., hold time, talking time, absenteeism) and subjective measures. Measurements were taken at baseline, 1, 4, and 19 weeks post-installation. Intervention participants increased standing time after 1 week (+ 73 min/workday (95% CI: 22, 123)) and 4 weeks (+ 96 min/workday (95% CI: 41, 150)) post-intervention, while control group showed no changes. Between-group differences in standing time at one and 4 weeks were + 78 (95% CI: 9, 147) and + 95 min/workday (95% CI: 15, 174), respectively. Sitting time in the intervention group changed by - 64 (95% CI: - 125, - 2), - 76 (95% CI: - 142, - 11), and - 100 min/workday (95% CI: - 172, - 29) at 1, 4, and 19 weeks post-installation, respectively, while the control group showed no changes. No changes were observed in productivity outcomes from baseline to follow-up in either group. Sit-stand desks can increase standing time at work in call center workers without reducing productivity.

  13. Study on influencing factors of index system for knowledge workers productivity%知识工作者生产率影响因素指标体系研究

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    路文杰; 张秀山


    通过文献研究,总结出个人因素、管理因素、工作因素和环境因素共35个知识工作者生产率影响因素,继而有针对性地进行了问卷调查.研究结果表明:个人能力态度、个人疲劳感等个人因素,工作创新性等工作因素,经济性激励等管理因素,以及家庭和谐、家人健康等环境因素对知识工作者生产率具有重要影响.确定了包含4个方面8个类别共计26个指标的知识工作者生产率影响因素指标体系,为知识工作者生产率的提升机制研究奠定了基础.%The paper summed up a total of 35 factors influencing knowledge workers productivity through literature research, including the individual factors, work factors, management factors and environment factors. After a survey, the result finds the individual factors like the attitude of personal ability and personal fatigue, work factors like work innovation, management factors like economic stimulating and environment factors like family harmoniousness and family member health have an important impact on the productivity of knowledge workers. The paper determines a set of factors including 4 aspects and 8 catalogues containing 26 factors influencing knowledge workers productivity, which lay the foundation for the enhancement mechanism of knowledge workers productivity.

  14. Characterization of chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase (TftD) and NADH:flavin adenine dinucleotide oxidoreductase (TftC) of Burkholderia cepacia AC1100. (United States)

    Gisi, Michelle R; Xun, Luying


    Burkholderia cepacia AC1100 uses 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid, an environmental pollutant, as a sole carbon and energy source. Chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase is a key enzyme in the degradation of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid, and it was originally characterized as a two-component enzyme (TftC and TftD). Sequence analysis suggests that they are separate enzymes. The two proteins were separately produced in Escherichia coli, purified, and characterized. TftC was an NADH:flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) oxidoreductase. A C-terminally His-tagged fusion TftC used NADH to reduce either FAD or flavin mononucleotide (FMN) but did not use NADPH or riboflavin as a substrate. Kinetic and binding property analysis showed that FAD was a better substrate than FMN. TftD was a reduced FAD (FADH(2))-utilizing monooxygenase, and FADH(2) was supplied by TftC. It converted 2,4,5-trichlorophenol to 2,5-dichloro-p-quinol and then to 5-chlorohydroxyquinol but converted 2,4,6-trichlorophenol only to 2,6-dichloro-p-quinol as the final product. TftD interacted with FADH(2) and retarded its rapid oxidation by O(2). A spectrum of possible TftD-bound FAD-peroxide was identified, indicating that the peroxide is likely the active oxygen species attacking the aromatic substrates. The reclassification of the two enzymes further supports the new discovery of FADH(2)-utilizing enzymes, which have homologues in the domains Bacteria and Archaea.

  15. Mechanism of highly efficient adsorption of 2-chlorophenol onto ultrasonic graphene materials: Comparison and equilibrium. (United States)

    Soltani, Tayyebeh; Lee, Byeong-Kyu


    The deficiencies of the recently reported improved Hummers method for the synthesis of graphene oxide (GO), such as high reaction temperature (60°C) and long reaction time (10h), were successfully solved using a low-intensity ultrasonic bath for 30min at 40°C. Furthermore, compared to its conventional synthesis counterpart, a facile and fast, one-step ultrasonic method that excluded hydrazine hydrate was developed to synthesize reduced GO (rGO) from graphite (10min, 50°C) in the presence of hydrazine hydrate (rGO-C, 12h, 90°C). The adsorption characteristics of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) from an aqueous solution were investigated using rGOs and GOs prepared by ultrasonic (rGO-Us/GO-Us) and conventional (rGO-C/GO-C) methods. Whereas 2-CP was completely removed with rGO-Us after 50min, only 40% of 2-CP was eliminated with rGO-C. The maximum adsorption capacity of 2-CP calculated by the Langmuir model onto rGO-Us (208.67mg/g) was much higher than that onto GO-Us (134.49mg/g). In addition, the ultrasonic graphene adsorption capacities were much higher than the corresponding values of rGO-C (49.9mg/g) and GO-C (32.06mg/g). The enhanced adsorption for rGO-Us and GO-Us is attributed to their greater surface areas, excellent oxygenated groups for GO-Us and superior π-electron-rich matrix for rGO-Us, compared to other adsorbents. The adsorption of 2-CP on the rGO materials increased with increasing solution pH to a maximum around its pKa (pKa=8.85), while the adsorption for the GO materials increased with decreasing solution pH. The adsorption mechanism proceeded via hydrogen bonding in neutral and acidic media, but via π-π electron donor-accepter (EDA) interactions between 2-CP and graphene materials in basic medium. The FTIR spectrum of GO-Us after adsorption indicates that the position and intensity of many peaks of GO-Us were affected due to the adsorption of different 2-CP groups at different pHs.

  16. Diagnóstico del Síndrome de Burnout en trabajadores del Centro de Inmunología y Biopreparados Diagnostic of burnout Syndrome in Workers at inmunology and blood by products center

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    Yury Rosales Ricardo


    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio transversal entre marzo y abril de 2011 con 40 trabajadores del Centro de Inmunología y Biopreparados de Holguín a los cuales se les aplicó la encuesta de Maslach Burnout Inventory con el objetivo de diagnosticar el Síndrome de Burnout en esta población. De la muestra analizada, ocho trabajadores fueron diagnosticados con Síndrome de Burnout, de estos, cuatro con una evaluación de medio y cuatro con alto, representando el 20% del total. El Síndrome de Burnout fue más frecuente en mujeres, trabajadoras de oficina de nivel superior y medio superior entre los 26 y los 52 años de edad. La aplicación de la herramienta de Maslach permitió diagnosticar el Síndrome de Burnout en los trabajadores de esta entidad entre trabajador de oficina y de producción y servirá como base para la toma de decisiones administrativas en aras de mejorar la calidad del principal recurso de una empresa: el hombre.A transversal study was carried out between March and April 2011, with 40 workers of the Immunology and Blood Products Center in Holguín, to whom we applied the Maslach Burnout Inventory Test to determinate Burnout Syndrome. Eight of these workers were diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome, 4 of which had a medium evaluation and 4 which had a high evaluation, representing 20% of the total. Women had more Burnout Syndrome than men and were office workers with medium-high school, between 26 and 52 years old. The application of this test allowed us to diagnose the Burnout Syndrome in office and production workers of the Immunology and Blood Products Center in Holguin. This tool will be useful in management decisions to improve the quality of life the company's main resource: the human being.

  17. Health effects among refrigeration repair workers exposed to fluorocarbons.



    Refrigeration repair workers may be intermittently exposed to fluorocarbons and their thermal decomposition products. A case of peripheral neuropathy (distal axonopathy) in a commercial refrigeration repairman prompted an epidemiological investigation of the health of refrigeration repair workers. No additional cases of peripheral neuropathy were identified among the 27 refrigeration repair workers studied. A reference group of 14 non-refrigeration repair workers was also studied. No differen...

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  19. The activity and selectivity of catalytic peroxide oxidation of chlorophenols over Cu-Al hydrotalcite/clay composite. (United States)

    Zhou, Shiwei; Gu, Chuantao; Qian, Zhenying; Xu, Jinguang; Xia, Chuanhai


    Liquid phase catalytic oxidation of chlorophenols (CPs) was carried out over Cu-Al hydrotalcite/clay composite at ambient temperature and pressure using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant. The results showed that the catalyst had high catalytic activity, with complete oxidation of 4-CP within 40 min at 40 °C. The content and position of chlorine on the aromatic ring had significantly different effects on the oxidation rate of CPs, with the rate sequence of phenol > monochlorophenol (MCP) > dichlorophenol (DCP) > trichlorophenol (TCP), 3-CP > 2-CP > 4-CP, and 3,5-DCP > 3,4-DCP > 2,5-DCP > 2,4-DCP > 2,6-DCP. This was ascribed to the interactions among σ-electron withdrawing conductive effect, π-electron donating conjugative effect, and steric hindrance effect of chlorine. It was evidenced that the catalytic peroxide oxidation of CPs in the first step was selective and rate-limiting, where chlorinated 1,4-benzoquinones formed.

  20. Visible light photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol using vanadium and nitrogen co-doped TiO{sub 2}

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    Jaiswal, R.; Kothari, D. C. [Department of Physics, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 400 098 (India); Patel, N.; Miotello, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita degli Studi di Trento, I-38123 Povo ( Trento) (Italy)


    Vanadium and Nitrogen were codoped in TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst by Sol-gel method to utilize visible light more efficiently for photocatalytic reactions. A noticeable shift of absorption edge to visible light region was obtained for the singly-doped namely V-TiO{sub 2}, N-TiO{sub 2} and codoped V-N-TiO{sub 2} samples in comparison with undoped TiO{sub 2}, with smallest band gap obtained with codoped-TiO{sub 2}. The photocatalytic activities for all TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts were tested by 4-chlorophenol (organic pollutant) degradation under visible light irradiation. It was found that codoped TiO{sub 2} exhibits the best photocatalytic activity, which could be attributed to the synergistic effect produced by V and N dopants.

  1. Application of a diffusion-reaction kinetic model for the removal of 4-chlorophenol in continuous tank reactors. (United States)

    Murcia, M D; Gómez, M; Bastida, J; Hidalgo, A M; Montiel, M C; Ortega, S


    A continuous tank reactor was used to remove 4-chlorophenol from aqueous solutions, using immobilized soybean peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide. The influence of operational variables (enzyme and substrate concentrations and spatial time) on the removal efficiency was studied. By using the kinetic law and the intrinsic kinetic parameters obtained in a previous work with a discontinuous tank reactor, the mass-balance differential equations of the transient state reactor model were solved and the theoretical conversion values were calculated. Several experimental series were used to obtain the values of the remaining model parameters by numerical calculation and using an error minimization algorithm. The model was checked by comparing the results obtained in some experiments (not used for the determination of the parameters) and the theoretical ones. The good concordance between the experimental and calculated conversion values confirmed that the design model can be used to predict the transient behaviour of the reactor.

  2. Oxo iron(IV) as an oxidative active intermediate of p-chlorophenol in the Fenton reaction: a DFT study. (United States)

    Mignon, Pierre; Pera-Titus, Marc; Chermette, Henry


    Debate continues over which active species plays the role of oxidative agent during the Fenton reaction-the HO˙ radical or oxo iron [Fe(IV)O](2+). In this context, the present study investigates the oxidation of p-chlorophenol by [Fe(IV)O(H(2)O)(5)](2+) using DFT calculations, within gas-phase and micro-solvated models, in order to explore the possible role of oxo iron as a reactant. The results show that the chlorine atom substitution of p-chlorophenol by oxo iron is a highly stabilising step (ΔH = -83 kcal mol(-1)) with a free energy barrier of 5.8 kcal mol(-1) in the micro-solvated model. This illustrates the high oxidising power of the [Fe(IV)O(H(2)O)(5)](2+) complex. On the other hand, the breaking of the Fe-O bond, leading to the formation of hydroquinone, is observed to be the rate-determining step of the reaction. The rather large free energy barrier corresponding to this bond cleavage amounts to 10.2 and 9.3 kcal mol(-1) in the gas-phase and micro-solvated models, respectively. Elsewhere, the lifetime of the HO˙ radical has previously been shown to be extremely small. These facts, combined with observations of oxo iron under certain experimental conditions, suggest that oxo iron is a highly plausible oxidative species of the reaction. In addition, a trigonal bipyramidal iron complex, coordinated either by hydroxyl groups and/or by water molecules, has been found in all described mechanisms. This structure appears to be a stable intermediate; and to our knowledge, it has not been characterised by previous studies.

  3. Comparison of dissociation mechanism between collisionally activated dissociation and charge inversion using alkali metal targets for chlorophenol isomers (United States)

    Hayakawa, Shigeo; Kawamura, Yoshiaki; Takahashi, Yutaka


    Chlorinated aromatic compounds are well-known environmental pollutants whose toxicities depend dramatically on the chlorine substitution pattern, making differentiation of chlorophenol isomers important for environmental analysis. Collisionally activated dissociation (CAD) spectra and charge inversion spectra of ortho-, meta-, and para-chlorophenols (ClC6H4OH) and their partially deuterated forms (ClC6H4OD) were measured using alkali metal targets. The peaks associated with C6H4O+ and C5H5Cl+ ions observed in the CAD spectra result from the loss of HCl and CO fragments, respectively, after the re-arrangement of the hydroxyl hydrogen atom. The peaks associated with C6H4OH- and ClC6H4O- ions observed in the charge inversion spectra result from Cl loss and from hydroxyl bond dissociation, respectively. Isomeric differentiation is possible based on the clear differences observed in the relative intensities of these pairs of peaks. Although the intensities of the peaks associated with C6H4O+ relative to those of C5H5Cl+ in the CAD spectra are independent of the target species, the intensities of the peaks associated with C6H4OH- relative to those of ClC6H4O- in the charge inversion spectra are target dependent. The isomeric dependence of the positive ion distribution patterns in the CAD spectra is proposed to be due to the differences in the rate of the hydrogen atom re-arrangement process. In contrast, the isomeric dependence of the negative ion distribution patterns in the charge inversion spectra is attributed to differences in the bond strength involved in the direct dissociation process in the neutral intermediate species.

  4. A worksite vitality intervention for older hospital workers to improve vitality work engegement, productivity ans sick leave: results of a randomized controlled trial

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    Strijk, J.E.; Proper, K.I.; Meschelen, W. van; Beek, A. van der


    Objectives A worksite vitality intervention aiming to improve lifestyle behaviors could be an effective tool to keep older workers vital, and thereby prolong their labor participation. Therefore, this study evaluates the effectiveness of such an intervention on vitality, work engagement, productivit

  5. Educar o trabalhador cidadão produtivo ou o ser humano emancipado? To educate the productive worker/citizen or the emancipated human being?

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    Gaudêncio Frigotto


    Full Text Available Este texto é parte da pesquisa "A Formação do Cidadão Produtivo"³, que tem por objetivo analisar as políticas de ensino médio técnico nos anos 80, bem como as reformas educativas nos anos 90. Observa-se que muitas noções ou conceitos têm significado próprio nos embates da ideologia da globalização ou da mundialização do capital, mas podem ser resgatados em formas societárias alternativas, tais como trabalho e trabalhador produtivo, cidadania, cidadão produtivo e emancipação, se resgatados na sua historicidade. A idéia de cidadania, se a entendemos como parte de um projeto emancipador, apresenta alguns obstáculos em relação à democracia e ao trabalho na concepção liberal. Tanto no sentido liberal da cidadania como direitos civis, políticos e sociais do indivíduo, quanto no sentido marxiano de cidadania coletiva, o termo tem exigências que remetem, no Brasil, à forma histórica de inserção restrita dos cidadãos brasileiros na comunidade política. Distancia-se, também, das reformas educativas em curso no ensino médio técnico, com seus cursos breves modulares, com a redução do saber e da técnica às questões operacionais, aos valores pautados pelo individualismo e pela competitividade exigidos pelo mundo empresarial.This text is part of the research entitled "The Education of the Productive Citizen" (A Formação do Cidadão Produtivo, the objective of which is to analyse the 1980s' policies on technical secondary teaching as well as the educational reforms that occurred in the 1990s. It is noted that, although many notions and concepts - such as work, productive worker, citizenship, productive citizen and emancipation - may have a specific meaning in the ideological debates on globalisation or on the 'mondialization du capital' they can be used in alternative societal forms if rescued in their historicity. The notion of citizenship, if we see it as part of an emancipating project, presents some obstacles in


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    From 1993 to 2000, OSS worked under a cost share contract from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS is a protective ensemble that provides the user with both breathing air and cooling for a NIOSH-rated duration of two hours. The ensemble consists of a liquid air based backpack, a Liquid Cooling Garment (LCG), and an outer protective garment. The AWPS project was divided into two phases. During Phase 1, OSS developed and tested a full-scale prototype AWPS. The testing showed that workers using the AWPS could work twice as long as workers using a standard SCBA. The testing also provided performance data on the AWPS in different environments that was used during Phase 2 to optimize the design. During Phase 1, OSS also performed a life-cycle cost analysis on a representative clean up effort. The analysis indicated that the AWPS could save the DOE millions of dollars on D and D activities and improve the health and safety of their workers. During Phase 2, OSS worked to optimize the AWPS design to increase system reliability, to improve system performance and comfort, and to reduce the backpack weight and manufacturing costs. To support this design effort, OSS developed and tested several different generations of prototype units. Two separate successful evaluations of the ensemble were performed by the International Union of Operation Engineers (IUOE). The results of these evaluations were used to drive the design. During Phase 2, OSS also pursued certifying the AWPS with the applicable government agencies. The initial intent during Phase 2 was to finalize the design and then to certify the system. OSS and Scott Health and Safety Products teamed to optimize the AWPS design and then certify the system with the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Unfortunately, technical and programmatic difficulties prevented us from obtaining NIOSH certification. Despite the inability of NIOSH to certify


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    吴祖成; 叶倩; 周明华; 丛燕青


    @@ Chlorinated organic compounds, especially chlorophenols are well-known water priority pollutant family due to their toxicity and potential health hazard. As biological treatment processes for the degradation of chlorinated phenols have not been effective, various technologies and processes such as activated carbon adsorption[1], chemical oxidation[2], have been conventionally attempted for phenolic waster treatment. Recently, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have attracted a great deal of attention for treatment of phenolic wastewater, among these chemical oxidation ultraviolet (UV) oxidation system[3], anodic oxidation and indirect electro-oxidation have been widely studied[4]. Though a number of researchers worked on the degradation of chlorophenol by UV radiation or electrochemical processes, there are few reports on both methods for organic wastewater treatment. If these two processes can operate in harmony, the degradation efficiency would be enhanced.

  8. Ecotoxicological evaluation of the biocidal agents sodium o-phenylphenol, sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol, and sodium p-tertiary amylphenol. (United States)

    Davoren, M; Fogarty, A M


    The ecotoxicological effects of three biocidal agents frequently employed as active ingredients in phenolic-based disinfectants were evaluated using a test battery comprising of organisms representing three aquatic trophic levels. Phenolic-based disinfectants are commonly used by mushroom growers to disinfect spent mushroom compost. In general, the most sensitive assay used in this study was the Microtox test. In the case of the fish lethality assay, sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol was found to be slightly more sensitive than the bacterial test system. The freshwater alga and invertebrate tests were also among the most sensitive test species employed. The active ingredient, sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol (with the exception of the Microtox assay), was the most toxic chemical tested on each species. The majority of ecotoxicity data obtained in this research has not been previously reported and may therefore assist in the management and planning decisions regarding the application of pesticides and utilisation of SMC.

  9. The Pd-catalyzed hydrodechlorination of chlorophenols in aqueous solutions under mild conditions: a promising approach to practical use in wastewater. (United States)

    Xia, Chuanhai; Liu, Ying; Zhou, Shiwei; Yang, Cuiyun; Liu, Sujing; Xu, Jie; Yu, Junbao; Chen, Jiping; Liang, Xinmiao


    Catalytic hydrotreating of chlorophenols was carried out in water with Pd/C at 25 degrees C under atmospheric pressure. 1.0% (w/w) monocholophenols was completely dechlorinated within 60 min. Phenol, cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol were formed. In contrast to the dechlorination of monochlorophenols, the hydrogenation reaction of polychlorinated phenols became difficult and reaction rates were strongly dependent upon the number of the chlorine atoms. The solvent property had a considerably important influence on the dechlorination reaction. Water as a solvent showed more advantages than organic solvents. It was much easier to be hydrodechlorinated for chlorophenols in aqueous solutions. However, the presence of THF, dioxane, DMSO or DMF in water was disadvantageous to the reaction and easily to cause Pd/C deactivation. Additionally, when different halogenated organic compounds were present in aqueous solution, the dehalogenation reaction was the competitive hydrogenation process.

  10. Development and validation of a simple thin-layer chromatographic method for the analysis of p-chlorophenol in treated wastewater

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    Tešić Živoslav


    Full Text Available A thin-layer chromatographic method with densitometric detection was established for quantification of p-chlorophenol in waste water. Degradation efficiency of p-chlorophenol was monitored after each treatment of the wastewater samples. Degradation of p-chlorophenol was performed with advanced oxidation processes (AOPs, using UV, H2O2/UV, O3/H2O2/UV, O3 and O3/UV. Developed TLC procedure has been found to be simple, rapid and precise. The method was characterized by high sensitivity (limit of detection was 11 ng per band and limit of quantification 35 ng per band, linear range (from 75 to 500 ng per band, r = 0.9965, and high precision, accuracy (mean percentage recovery 98.6%, and specificity. Additionally, the efficiency of degradation was monitored using HPLC giving comparable results with RP TLC measurements. [Acknowledgement. This work was performed within the framework of the research project No. 172017 supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Serbia.

  11. Alkanols and chlorophenols cause different physiological adaptive responses on the level of cell surface properties and membrane vesicle formation in Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E. (United States)

    Baumgarten, Thomas; Vazquez, José; Bastisch, Christian; Veron, Wilfried; Feuilloley, Marc G J; Nietzsche, Sandor; Wick, Lukas Y; Heipieper, Hermann J


    In order to cope with the toxicity imposed by the exposure to environmental hydrocarbons, many bacteria have developed specific adaptive responses such as modifications in the cell envelope. Here we compared the influence of n-alkanols and chlorophenols on the surface properties of the solvent-tolerant bacterium Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E. In the presence of toxic concentrations of n-alkanols, this strain significantly increased its cell surface charge and hydrophobicity with changes depending on the chain length of the added n-alkanols. The adaptive response occurred within 10 min after the addition of the solvent and was demonstrated to be of physiological nature. Contrary to that, chlorophenols of similar hydrophobicity and potential toxicity as the corresponding alkanols caused only minor effects in the surface properties. To our knowledge, this is the first observation of differences in the cellular adaptive response of bacteria to compound classes of quasi equal hydrophobicity and toxicity. The observed adaptation of the physico-chemical surface properties of strain DOT-T1E to the presence of alkanols was reversible and correlated with changes in the composition of the lipopolysaccharide content of the cells. The reaction is explained by previously described reactions allowing the release of membrane vesicles that was demonstrated for cells affected by 1-octanol and heat shock, whereas no membrane vesicles were released after the addition of chlorophenols.

  12. Sleep, immunity and shift workers: A review

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    Carlos Mauricio Oliveira de Almeida


    Full Text Available To date, shift workers represent between 15% and 25% of the modern day workforce. Work time poses a great challenge to workers as it requires that they balance productivity and sleep time between shifts. As a result, these workers experience chronic sleep deprivation with increased fatigue and drowsiness due to this sleep deprivation. The impact of this kind of work on the immune system is not yet known. We conducted a literature review with the aim of evaluating articles on this specific type of work's effects on sleep and immunity.

  13. Workers exposed to thermal degradation products of TDI- and MDI-based polyurethane: biomonitoring of 2,4-TDA, 2,6-TDA, and 4,4'-MDA in hydrolyzed urine and plasma. (United States)

    Dalene, M; Skarping, G; Lind, P


    The aim of the study was to investigate biomarkers of exposure to thermal degradation products of 2,4- and 2,6-toluene diisocyanate (TDI)- and 4,4'-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (MDI)-based polyurethane and the toxicokinetics of these products. Blood and urine were collected from 15 factory workers exposed to thermal degradation products of MDI-based polyurethane glue and TDI-based flexible foam. Four of these workers were also studied during an exposure-free period. Urine and plasma were analyzed after acidic hydrolysis and the concentrations of the isocyanates' corresponding amines, 2,4-, 2,6-toluenediamine (TDA), and 4,4'-methylenedianiline (MDA), were determined as derivatives of pentafluoropropionic anhydride by gas chromatography using chemical ionization mass spectrometry monitoring negative ions. Urinary elimination rates were in the range of TDA per hour, TDA per hour, and TDA per mL, TDA per mL, and TDA, 2,6-TDA, and 4,4'-MDA in urine varied during and between workdays. The individual variation in plasma concentrations of 2,4-TDA, 2,6-TDA, and 4,4'-MDA with time was small, but between individuals the variation was great.

  14. Alocação de modelos de produtos a equipes de trabalhadores baseada em modelos de curvas de aprendizagem Assignment of product models to worker teams using learning curve models

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    Michel José Anzanello


    Full Text Available Em ambientes de alta customização, uma grande variedade de modelos de produtos é demandada pelos consumidores. Essa condição exige uma rápida adequação dos meios produtivos às especificações do próximo modelo a ser produzido. Tal situação, contudo, pode acarretar perdas consideráveis em relação aos níveis de produção e qualidade, em decorrência da pouca habilidade dos trabalhadores nos ciclos iniciais de produção de um novo modelo. Assim, a modelagem do processo de aprendizado de trabalhadores atuando sobre cada modelo de produto pode auxiliar a gerência na alocação de modelos de produtos a equipes de trabalhadores, minimizando as perdas verificadas nos primeiros ciclos de produção. Este artigo apresenta uma metodologia baseada na utilização de curvas de aprendizagem como balizadoras da alocação de modelos de produtos a equipes de trabalhadores. Os diversos modelos de produtos são agrupados em famílias de acordo com suas características similares, permitindo uma redução na coleta de dados. A alocação das famílias às equipes é realizada através da análise das curvas de aprendizagem. Duas formas de alocação são apresentadas, de acordo com a duração da corrida de produção. A metodologia proposta é ilustrada através de um estudo de caso em uma indústria do setor calçadista.In highly customized markets a large variety of product models are typically demanded by customers. That requires fast setup of production resources to comply with specifications of the next model to be produced. Such compliance, however, may cause considerable production and quality losses due to workers' poor performance during the initial production runs of a new model. Therefore, modeling workers' learning upon exposure to each product model may help production managers to define the best assignment scheme for models and workers, such that losses in the initial stages of production are minimized. This paper presents a

  15. Association between skin lesions and arsenic methylation product in urine of workers from arsenic smelting plant%砷冶炼厂工人皮肤损害与尿中砷甲基化产物的关系

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    李良; 成会荣; 施丽琼; 牟建春; 文卫华


    [Objective]To study the relationship between skim lesions and metabolites of arsenic in urine of workers exposed occu-pationally to arsenic. [ Methods]The smelting plants which were in outlying mountain area were selected as study object. A total of 91 arsenic exposed workers were recruited, and 58 other workers as control group. Arsenic compounds concentration in operating posts of working space were detected, physical examination was performed, and morphological analysis of arsenic in urine was done. At the same, percentages of 3 arsenic compounds, primary and second methylation indexes were calculated. [ Results] Arsenic concentrations of all operating posts were over national occupational health standards. There were 36 workers who had obvious skin lesions of chronic arsenic toxicosis. The concentrations of inorganic arsenic, methyl arsenate and dimethyl arsenate( LoglO) were {2.18 ±0. 40}μg/g, (2.26±0.35)ug/g and(2. 77 ±0.31 )μg/g creatinine which were significantly higher than those of the workers without skin lesions and from the control group. Percentage of urine concentration of methyl arsenate in total arsenic and secondary methylation index of workers with akin lesions were significantly higher than those of other workers in smelting plant. [ Conclusion] Methylated products in urine play an important role in skin lesions of smelter workers, secondary methylation index is associated with arsenic induced skin damage.%目的 探讨职业砷接触致皮肤病发生与尿中砷甲基化产物的关系.方法 选择偏远山区冶炼厂为研究现场,暴露组为91名工人,对照组58人.监测作业场所工作岗位中砷化合物浓度,进行健康监护体检和尿砷形态分析,计算3种砷化合物百分率及一、二级甲基化指数.结果 冶炼厂所有检测岗位砷化合物浓度均超过国家职业卫生标准,91名工人中36人存在明显慢性砷中毒样皮肤损害,尿中3种砷化合物(无机砷、甲基砷

  16. Mortality among rubber workers: V. processing workers. (United States)

    Delzell, E; Monson, R R


    Cause-specific mortality was evaluated among 2,666 men employed in the processing division of a rubber manufacturing plant. The division was divided into two sections: front processing (compounding, mixing and milling operations) and back processing (extrusion, calendering, cement mixing and rubberized fabrics operations). Mortality rates for all processing workers combined and for men in each section were compared with rates for U.S. White males or for workers employed in other divisions of the same plant. Compared with either referent group, men in the processing division had increased mortality from leukemia, emphysema, and cancers of the stomach, large intestine, and biliary passages and liver. An excess number of deaths from stomach and larger intestine cancer was found predominantly among men in the front processing section (33 observed vs. 17.7 expected deaths, based on rates in nonprocessing workers). Increased mortality from leukemia (14 observed vs. 7.3 expected) and from emphysema (22 observed vs. 11.0 expected) was present among men employed in the back processing section. Examination of mortality from these causes according to age and the year starting work, duration of employment, and years since starting work in the relevant sections of the processing division suggested that observed excesses of stomach cancer, large intestine cancer, leukemia, and emphysema among processing workers are related to occupational exposures. These results are consistent with the findings of studies of other groups of rubber workers.

  17. Visible-light photoactivity of plasmonic silver supported on mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles (Ag-MTN) for enhanced degradation of 2-chlorophenol: Limitation of Ag-Ti interaction (United States)

    Jaafar, N. F.; Jalil, A. A.; Triwahyono, S.


    Various weight loadings of Ag (1-10 wt.%) were introduced to mesoporous titania nanoparticles (MTN) via a direct in-situ electrochemical method. The catalysts were characterized by XRD, surface area analysis, FTIR, ESR, FESEM-EDX and TEM. Characterization results indicated that the introduction of Ag onto MTN decreased the particles size and band gap of the MTN while increasing the number of oxygen vacancies (OV) and Ti3+ site defects (TSD). The activity performance of Ag-MTN on photodegradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) under visible light irradiation was in the following order: 5 wt% Ag-MTN> 1 wt% Ag-MTN > MTN > 10 wt% Ag-MTN, with degradation percentages of 97, 88, 80 and 63%, respectively. The synergistic effect between Ag0 and MTN seemed to play an important role in the system. The Ag0 acted as both an electron trap and a plasmonic sensitizer which suppressed the electron-hole recombination, while OV and TSD in the MTN accelerated the production of hydroxyl radicals for enhanced degradation of 2-CP. However, the formation of Ti-O-Ag in 10 wt% Ag-MTN was found to decrease the photoactivity due to the decrease in the formation of Ag0, TSD and OV as well as the increase in band gap energy. The photodegradation of 5 wt% Ag-MTN followed a pseudo-first-order Langmuir- Hinshelwood model and the catalyst was still stable after five cycles.

  18. Sexual partners and condom use of migrant workers in Thailand. (United States)

    Ford, Kathleen; Chamrathrithirong, Aphichat


    The objectives of this paper were to identify the types of sexual partners and condom use of migrant workers. Data for the study were drawn from a survey of 3,426 migrant workers in southern coastal and northern areas of Thailand conducted in 2004. Among sexually active men, 25% reported visiting a sex worker, 57% reported a regular partner, and 6% reported another non-regular partner in the last year. Reported condom use was high with sex workers (79% reported always use), but low with regular partners (4% ever use). Factors related to visiting sex workers included marital status (more visits if not married), longer residence in Thailand, occupation of seafarer or seafood production worker, Cambodian origin, and perceived AIDS risk. Condom use with sex workers was higher for younger men, married men, men who had been in Thailand longer, men with lower perceived AIDS risk, and men who drank alcohol less frequently.

  19. A produção de serviços de saúde mental: a concepção de trabalhadores The production of mental health services: the conception of the workers

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    Célia Maria Sivalli Campos


    Full Text Available Este artigo trata da produção de serviços de saúde mental. O objetivo foi descrever as concepções de serviços de saúde mental de trabalhadores de diferentes serviços de saúde mental do município de São Paulo, que fizeram o curso de especialização em tecnologias em saúde mental. No âmbito hospitalar, ambulatorial e da unidade básica de saúde, a concepção de saúde-doença é multifatorial e centrada no indivíduo. Já no centro de atenção em saúde mental (CAPS, a concepção aproximou-se da teoria da determinação social. Quanto ao processo de trabalho, o objeto recortado foi predominantemente o indivíduo doente e até mesmo o sintoma da doença, distinguindo-se no CAPS uma concepção que relaciona o usuário à sua "rede social". O desafio é avançar o entendimento da concepção do processo saúde-doença e redefinir processos de trabalho, pautados no âmbito dos determinantes e não somente no dos resultados do processo saúde-doença.The object of this study is the production of mental health service. It is composed by working processes organized to improve the object of the health care, through institutions and knowledge, technology and health practices. The aim of this study was to describe the conceptions of the workers of different mental health services on the production of these services. The workers took a specialization course in mental health technologies, financed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Data were collected during a class period, with previous participant’s authorization. Among the workers of the Psychiatry Hospitals, Mental Health Ambulatories and Health Care Units, the conception of the health illness-process was multifactorial and individual centred. At the Psychosocial Attention Center (PAC the conception appeared to be similar to the theory of the social determination. The object of the assistance was the sick person or even the illness symptom, but PAC workers linked the sick person to

  20. Regulation of host workers' oviposition by the social parasite ant Polyergus samurai. (United States)

    Tsuneoka, Yousuke


    Polyergus samurai, an obligatory social parasite ant, lacks the ability to perform usual colony tasks. It depends completely on host Formica japonica workers. In the mixed colony, arrhenotokous reproduction by host workers must be detrimental to the parasites. This study, conducted under artificial rearing conditions, investigated the behavioral influence by P. samurai worker on the production of host workers' male eggs. Host workers started laying eggs when the P. samurai queen was removed, but most eggs were destroyed by P. samurai workers. In a queenless condition, P. samurai workers showed frequent intraspecific dominance interactions, but few interspecific ones. After a short while the P. samurai worker started laying eggs, the F. japonica worker stopped laying eggs. The ovary had no mature oocyte. These results suggest that both the P. samurai queen and dominant workers can inhibit host workers' oviposition. A mesh experiment revealed that the dominant P. samurai workers were able to inhibit host workers' oviposition without contacts. The dominant workers and queens of P. samurai frequently received grooming and trophallaxis from host workers just as a host queen does, suggesting that the parasites secreted similar products to those of the host queen to inhibit the host workers' oviposition.

  1. Workers' Education in Palestine (United States)

    Elayassa, Wajih


    Due to the political context and the restrictions placed on general freedoms and trade union activities, workers' education in Palestine remained informal and largely reliant on oral memory until the early 1990s. For decades, it was an integral part of political education. Workers' education only became a stand-alone field after the establishment…

  2. Migrant Farm Workers. (United States)

    Slesinger, Doris P.; Pfeffer, Max J.

    This paper documents migrant farm workers as being among the most persistently underprivileged groups in American society. Migrant farm workers typically receive low wages from irregular employment and live in poverty with access to only substandard housing and inadequate health care. The lack of economic improvement stems from a number of…

  3. Hearing Survey of Noise Exposed Workers in A Steel Cord Products Factory in Jiangyin City%江阴市某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力调查

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    张捷; 冯鸿义; 徐秀芬; 陈婷; 金宇星


    目的 了解某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员听力损失状况,为采取有效的职业病危害防护措施提供依据.方法 测试某钢帘线制品厂噪声作业人员双耳气导听阈,结果按GB/T 7582标准对听阈作年龄和性别修正,按年龄、接害工龄分组分析听力损失状况.结果该厂79个噪声监测点中,除7个点合格外,其余均不同程度超过GBZ 2.2 - 2007的要求;调查对象1 040人中,23人双耳高频平均听阈≥40 dB(HL)为观察对象,占总调查人数的2.21%;疑似职业性听力损伤18人.在同一年龄组,随接害工龄增长职业性听力损伤检出率有增高的趋势.结论 钢帘线制品行业中,生产性噪声对作业人员听力损害较大,应控制生产环境噪声强度,做好作业人员个体防护及职业健康检查.%[Objective]To understand the hearing loss of noise exposed workers in a steel cord products factory, and provide evidence for adopting effective protection measures against occupational hazards. [ Methods ] Binaural air conduction audiometry was performed on noise exposed workers,hearing results were modified according to age and sex with CB/T 7582 standard,analysis of hearing loss was based on age groups and service length groups. [ Results]7 out of 79 noise monitoring sites points were qualified,the other exceeded national health standards CBZ 2.2 -2007. Of 1 040 noise exposed workers,23 workers' binaural high frequency average hearing threshold ≥40dB( HL),occupied 2.21% of total workers. 18 were detected suspected occupational hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss showed a growing trend in detection rates increasing with the service length in the same age group. [ Conclusion] It is important to control noise intensity in workplace and strengthen the personal protection of workers and occupational health examination, because great degree of hearing loss for noise is found in the steel cord products industry.

  4. Oxalate-assisted oxidative degradation of 4-chlorophenol in a bimetallic, zero-valent iron-aluminum/air/water system. (United States)

    Fan, Jinhong; Wang, Hongwu; Ma, Luming


    The reaction of zero-valent iron and aluminum with oxygen produced reactive oxidants that can oxidize 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). However, oxidant yield without metal surface cleaning to dissolve the native oxide layer or in the absence of ligands was too low for practical applications. The addition of oxalate (ox) to dissolved oxygen-saturated solution of Fe(0)-Al(0) significantly increased oxidant yield because of the dissolution, pH buffer, and complexing characteristics of ox. Ox-enhanced reactive oxidant generation was affected by ox concentration and solution pH. The critical effect of ox dosing was confirmed with the reactive species of [Fe(II)(ox)0] and [Fe(II)(ox)2 (2-)]. Systematic studies on the effect of the initial and in situ solution pH revealed that 4-CP oxidation was controlled by the continuous release of dissolved Fe(2+) and Al(3+), their fate, and the activation mechanisms of O2 reduction. The degradation pathway of 4-CP in ox-enhanced Fe(0)-Al(0)/O2 may follow the 4-chlorocatechol pathway. The robustness of the ox-enhanced Al(0)-Fe(0)-O2 process was determined with one-time dosing of ox. Therefore, ox is an ideal additive to enhancing the Fe(0)-Al(0)/O2 system for the oxidative degradation of aqueous organic pollutants.

  5. Rapid, one-pot derivatization and distillation of chlorophenols from solid samples with their on-line enrichment. (United States)

    Ganeshjeevan, R; Chandrasekar, Raghavan; Kadigachalam, Parasuraman; Radhakrishnan, Ganga


    A microwave-assisted steam distillation (MASD) sample preparation technique for extracting chlorophenols from solid samples was studied. This open vessel microwave system based study developed as an integrated method since it has incorporated extractive distillation, derivatization and on-line enrichment. Gas chromatography (GC) with electron-capture detection was used for the analysis. The study involved optimization of MASD parameters and on-line enrichments using spiked solid samples. MASD achieved recoveries for spiked soil samples in the range of 94-101% within 20min with a collection of only 20ml distillate facilitating on-line enrichment. Some real samples were analyzed that included soil, wood, leather, textiles, dyes and certified reference materials of soil and wood samples. Limit of detection values of 12ng/g for pentachlorophenol and 194ng/g for monochlorophenol were found. Recoveries of 96.6% in the case of soil certified reference material (CRM) with RSD 2.7% and 80.6% in the case of wood CRM with RSD 3.3% were observed in this study. MASD studied found to produce very clean extracts in comparison to reference techniques.

  6. Development of an energy-saving anaerobic hybrid membrane bioreactors for 2-chlorophenol-contained wastewater treatment. (United States)

    Wang, Yun-Kun; Pan, Xin-Rong; Sheng, Guo-Ping; Li, Wen-Wei; Shi, Bing-Jing; Yu, Han-Qing


    A novel energy-saving anaerobic hybrid membrane bioreactor (AnHMBR) with mesh filter, which takes advantage of anaerobic membrane bioreactor and fixed-bed biofilm reactor, is developed for low-strength 2-chlorophenol (2-CP)-contained wastewater treatment. In this system, the anaerobic membrane bioreactor is stuffed with granular activated carbon to construct an anaerobic hybrid fixed-bed biofilm membrane bioreactor. The effluent turbidity from the AnHMBR system was low during most of the operation period, and the chemical oxygen demand and 2-CP removal efficiencies averaged 82.3% and 92.6%, respectively. Furthermore, a low membrane fouling rate was achieved during the operation. During the AnHMBR operation, the only energy consumption was for feed pump. And a low energy demand of 0.0045-0.0063kWhm(-3) was estimated under the current operation conditions. All these results demonstrated that this novel AnHMBR is a sustainable technology for treating 2-CP-contained wastewater.

  7. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterizations of CoMoO4 Nanoparticles: An Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol. (United States)

    Umapathy, V; Neeraja, P


    Cobalt molybdate CoMoO4 nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized using cobalt nitrate, ammonium molybdate, citric acid and ethyl cellulose by a simple sol-gel method. Structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of the obtained powder were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD results indicated that the resultant powder was pure single phase crystalline with monoclinic structure. FT-IR spectra indicate the type of bonds between metals and oxygen. HR-SEM images shows that the morphology of the powder consist with well defined nanoparticles (NPs) structure. VSM results showed antiferromagnetic behavior. Photo-catalytic activity of CoMoO4 nanoparticles (NPs) was performed. The addition of TiO2 catalyst enhanced the photo-catalytic activity of CoMoO4 nanoparticles (NPs). The catalysts CoMoO4, Ti02 and mixed oxide catalyst CoMoO4-TiO2 nano- composites (NCs) were tested for the photo-catalytic degradation (PCD) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). It was found that the PCD efficiency of CoMoO4-TiO2 NCs was higher (97.5%) than that of pure CoMoO4 (88.0%) and TiO2 (94.0%) catalysts.

  8. Comparison of reactors for oxygen-sensitive reactions: reductive dechlorination of chlorophenols by vitamin b(12s). (United States)

    Smith, M H; Woods, S L


    Serum bottles are frequently used for studies of reductive dechlorination by vitamin B(12), but reducing conditions can be maintained only for several days. This time period is inadequate for evaluating the reductive dechlorination of some slow-reacting aromatic compounds. Sealed glass ampoules maintain reducing conditions for many months, but this method has the disadvantage of disallowing subsampling of the reaction mixture. A glass serum tube was modified for these experiments which not only maintained anoxic conditions for several days but also allowed subsamples to be removed during experiments. The modification was a restriction placed in the middle of the tube by heating in a flame, creating two chambers separated by a narrow neck. The lower chamber contained the oxygen-sensitive reaction mixture. The upper chamber, sealed with a septum and screw cap, was purged with purified nitrogen or argon introduced and vented through fused silica capillaries. Reductive dechlorination of chlorophenols by vitamin B(12) reduced with Ti(III) citrate was monitored in all three reactor types. Sealed ampoules maintained reducing conditions for up to 12 months. The two-chambered reactor maintained reducing conditions longer than the serum vials when frequent samples were taken.

  9. Experimental and kinetic study on the cometabolic biodegradation of phenol and 4-chlorophenol by psychrotrophic Pseudomonas putida LY1. (United States)

    Wang, Qing; Li, Yi; Li, Jing; Wang, Yuming; Wang, Chao; Wang, Peifang


    This study investigated the kinetics of phenol and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) biodegradation by a cold-adapted bacteria, Pseudomonas putida LY1, isolated from Songhua River sediment. The results showed that P. putida LY1 cannot grow on 4-CP as a sole carbon source. P. putida LY1 had the potential to cometabolic biodegrade phenol and 4-CP in a wide range of temperature (varying from 5 to 35 °C) with the optimal temperature around 25 °C. Mixture of phenol and 4-CP were completely removed at two 4-CP concentrations (15 and 40 mg/L) over a wide range of phenol (20-400 mg/L) concentrations, whereby the ratio of 4-CP/biomass (S 2/X) was lower than 0.03. The kinetic models of cometabolic biodegradation of phenol and 4-CP were proposed, considering the growth and nongrowth substrate inhibition. These models successfully simulate the processes of cometabolic degradation of phenol and 4-CP.

  10. Simultaneous 4-chlorophenol and nitrogen removal in moving bed sequencing batch reactors packed with polyurethane foam cubes of various sizes. (United States)

    Lim, Jun-Wei; Lim, Poh-Eng; Seng, Chye-Eng; Adnan, Rohana


    Moving bed sequencing batch reactors (MBSBRs) packed with 8% (v/v) of 8-, 27- and 64-mL polyurethane (PU) foam cubes, respectively, were investigated for simultaneous 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) and nitrogen removal at increasing 4-CP concentration. When the 4-CP concentration exceeded 300 mg L(-1), the MBSBR with 27-mL foam cubes was observed to outperform the other MBSBRs in removing 4-CP and nitrogen. The reasons were: (1) there were more biomass in inner layer of the 27-mL cubes, compared to that of the 8-mL cubes, which was more shielded from the inhibitory effect of 4-CP and (2) the 27-mL cubes were more mobile than the 64-mL cubes. Although increasing 4-CP concentration to 600 mg L(-1) resulted in incomplete removal of 4-CP in the MBSBRs, results of the batch reactor with 27-mL foam cubes showed that complete 4-CP removal within the REACT period could be achieved by increasing the packing volume to 20%.

  11. Adsorption of ciprofloxacin, bisphenol and 2-chlorophenol on electrospun carbon nanofibers: in comparison with powder activated carbon. (United States)

    Li, Xiaona; Chen, Shuo; Fan, Xinfei; Quan, Xie; Tan, Feng; Zhang, Yaobin; Gao, Jinsuo


    Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were prepared by electrospun polyacrylonitrile (PAN) polymer solutions followed by thermal treatment. For the first time, the influence of stabilization procedure on the structure properties of CNFs was explored to improve the adsorption capacity of CNFs towards the environmental pollutants from aqueous solution. The adsorption of three organic chemicals including ciprofloxacin (CIP), bisphenol (BPA) and 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) on electrospun CNFs with high surface area of 2326m(2)/g and micro/mesoporous structure characteristics were investigated. The adsorption affinities were compared with that of the commercial powder activated carbon (PAC). The adsorption kinetics and isotherms showed that the maximum adsorption capacities (qm) of CNFs towards the three pollutants are sequenced in the order of CIP>BPA>2-CP, which are 2.6-fold (CIP), 1.6-fold (BPA) and 1.1-fold (2-CP) increase respectively in comparison with that of PAC adsorption. It was assumed that the micro/mesoporous structure of CNFs, molecular size of the pollutants and the π electron interaction play important roles on the high adsorption capacity exhibited by CNFs. In addition, electrostatic interaction and hydrophobic interaction also contribute to the adsorption of CNFs. This study demonstrates that the electrospun CNFs are promising adsorbents for the removal of pollutants from aqueous solutions.

  12. Novel iron metal matrix composite reinforced by quartz sand for the effective dechlorination of aqueous 2-chlorophenol. (United States)

    Zhang, Yunfei; Yang, Bo; Han, Yanni; Jiang, Chaojin; Wu, Deli; Fan, Jinhong; Ma, Luming


    In this work, we tested a novel iron metal matrix composite (MMC) synthesized by mechanically introducing quartz sand (SiO2) into an iron matrix (denoted as SiO2-Fe MMC). The pseudo-first-order reaction rate constant of the SiO2-Fe MMC (initial pH 5.0) for 20 mg/L of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) was 0.051 × 10(-3) L/m(2)/min, which was even higher than that of some reported Pd/Fe bimetals. This extraordinary high activity was promoted by the quick iron dissolution rate, which was caused by the formation of Fe-C internal electrolysis from carbonization of process control agent (PCA) and the active reinforcement/metal interfaces during the milling process. In addition, pH has slight effect on the dechlorination rate. The SiO2-Fe MMC retained relatively stable activity, still achieving 71% removal efficiency for 2-CP after six consecutive cycles. The decrease in dechlorination efficiency can be attributed to the rapid consumption of Fe(0). A dechlorination mechanism using the SiO2-Fe MMC was proposed by a direct electron transfer from Fe(0) to 2-CP at the quartz sand/iron interface.

  13. Electrodeposition of palladium and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites on foam-nickel electrode for electrocatalytic hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol. (United States)

    Liu, Yong; Liu, Lan; Shan, Jun; Zhang, Jingdong


    A high-performance palladium (Pd) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite electrode was prepared on foam-nickel (foam-Ni) via two-step electrodeposition processes. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observation showed that the obtained Pd/RGO/foam-Ni composite electrode displayed a uniform and compact morphology. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analysis confirmed the successful deposition of Pd and RGO on nickel substrate. The cyclic voltammetric (CV) measurements indicated that the presence of RGO greatly enhanced the active surface area of Pd particles deposited on foam-Ni. The as-deposited Pd/RGO/foam-Ni electrode was applied to electrocatalytic hydrodechlorination (ECH) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). Various factors influencing the dechlorination of 4-CP such as dechlorination current, initial concentration of 4-CP, Na2SO4 concentration and initial pH were systematically investigated. The thermodynamic analysis showed that the dechlorination reaction of 4-CP at different temperatures followed the first-order kinetics and the activation energy for 4-CP dechlorination on Pd/RGO/foam-Ni electrode was calculated to be 51.96 kJ mol(-1). Under the optimum conditions, the dechlorination efficiency of 4-CP could reach 100% after 60-min ECH treatment. Moreover, the prepared Pd/RGO/foam-Ni composite electrode showed good stability for recycling utilization in ECH of 4-CP.

  14. Influence of supports on photocatalytic degradation of phenol and 4-chlorophenol in aqueous suspensions of titanium dioxide

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    Kashif Naeem; Feng Ouyang


    The photocatalytic degradation of phenol and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in aqueous suspensions with the use of titanium dioxide (TiO2)under UV irradiation was examined.The effects of different supporting materials mixed physically with TiO2 were studied to achieve maximum degradation efficiency.Among the three supports,namely activated carbon (AC),silica (SiO2) and zeolite (ZSM-5),all exhibited paramount efficiency for degradation of phenol and 4-CP and was better than TiO2 alone.The optimum concentration was found to be 50 mg for all supporting materials.The efficiency order of the three supports was as follows:AC > ZSM-5 > SiO2,respectively.Whilst,the degradation of phenol and 4-CP was improved from 70.6% to 87.6% and 80.6% to 89.7%,respectively,within 120 min photocatalysis in the presence of optimal amount of AC.The degradation was also comparatively enhanced in the presence of cheaper rice husk and the activity was closed to ZSM-5 and lower than AC.

  15. High efficiency removal of 2-chlorophenol from drinking water by a hydrogen-based polyvinyl chloride membrane biofilm reactor. (United States)

    Xia, Siqing; Zhang, Zhiqiang; Zhong, Fohua; Zhang, Jiao


    A continuously stirred hydrogen-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) hollow fiber membrane was investigated for removing 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) from contaminated drinking water. The bioreactor startup was achieved by acclimating the microorganisms from a denitrifying and sulfate-reducing MBfR to the drinking water contaminated by 2-CP. The effects of some major factors, including 2-CP loading, H(2) pressure, nitrate loading, and sulfate loading, on the removal of 2-CP by the MBfR were systematically investigated. Although the effluent 2-CP concentration increased with its increasing influent loading, the removing efficiency of 2-CP by the MBfR could be up to 94.7% under a high influent loading (25.71 mg/L d). The removing efficiency of 2-CP by the MBfR could be improved by higher H(2) pressure, and lower influent nitrate concentration and sulfate concentration. A high H(2) pressure can assure enough available H(2) as the electron donor for 2-CP degradation. The competition in the electron donor made nitrate and sulfate inhibit the degradation of 2-CP in the MBfR. The electron flux analyses indicated that the degradation of 2-CP only accounted for a small part of electron flux, and the autohydrogenotrophic bacteria in the MBfR were highly efficient for the 2-CP removal.

  16. Lead exposure among lead-acid battery workers in Jamaica. (United States)

    Matte, T D; Figueroa, J P; Burr, G; Flesch, J P; Keenlyside, R A; Baker, E L


    To assess lead exposure in the Jamaican lead-acid battery industry, we surveyed three battery manufacturers (including 46 production workers) and 10 battery repair shops (including 23 battery repair workers). Engineering controls and respiratory protection were judged to be inadequate at battery manufacturers and battery repair shops. At manufacturers, 38 of 42 air samples for lead exceeded a work-shift time-weighted average concentration of 0.050 mg/m3 (range 0.030-5.3 mg/m3), and nine samples exceeded 0.50 mg/m3. Only one of seven air samples at repair shops exceeded 0.050 mg/m3 (range 0.003-0.066 mg/m3). Repair shop workers, however, had higher blood lead levels than manufacturing workers (65% vs. 28% with blood lead levels above 60 micrograms/dl, respectively). Manufacturing workers had a higher prevalence of safe hygienic practices and a recent interval of minimal production had occurred at one of the battery manufacturers. Workers with blood lead levels above 60 micrograms/dl tended to have higher prevalences of most symptoms of lead toxicity than did workers with lower blood lead levels, but this finding was not consistent or statistically significant. The relationship between zinc protoporphyrin concentrations and increasing blood lead concentrations was consistent with that described among workers in developed countries. The high risk of lead toxicity among Jamaican battery workers is consistent with studies of battery workers in other developing countries.

  17. The worker profile autocontrolled

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    Jairo Omar Delgado Mora


    Full Text Available This document is part of two deliveries. In this first paper is to make an approach to the concept of self-control from the very beginning with Sakichi Toyoda, founder of what the industry Toyota Motor Company, additionally taking some excerpts of the concept issued by teachers and the psychologist Henry Murray, a professor at the university Harvard precursor test TAT personality test creator, pen applied world wide by psychologists David McCllelan, also a psychologist and a pioneer in the study of human needs and the concept of competence; Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer of Stanford University organizational behavior and theory, Frederick Hertzberg, Psychologist and strong influential in business management, Kronfly Cruz, lawyer and investigator of social and administrative sciences, Charles Perrow, a sociologist at Yale University and Stanford , who studies the impact of large organizations in society, among others. The study reflects the need to meet organizational objectives related to the physicochemical characteristics of the finished product in a plant of the company’s main beers in the country. In this paper, we intend to make an approximation of worker self -controlled, which when compared with the powers, generic, specific and technical area established by the brewery, will allow generating a methodology to adjust these competencies and to obtain the target profile drawn. This comparison and development of the methodology proposed is the subject of the second work planned.

  18. 2-氯酚在超临界水-NaOH体系中的脱氯特性%Dechlorination characteristics of o-chlorophenol in supercritical water-sodium hydroxide system

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    孙治荣; 马林; 韩延波


    The dechlorination characteristics of o-chlorophenol in supercritical water-sodium hydroxide system were studied.The conversion of o-chlorophenol,the yield of chloride ion and the dechlorination selectivity were investigated in the presence of sodium hydroxide.Results indicated that sodium hydroxide could significantly improve the conversion of o-chlorophenol,the yield of chloride ion and the dechlorination selectivity.The conversion of o-chlorophenol was improved with the increase of the additive amount of sodium hydroxide.o-chlorophenol conversed completely at residence time of 27 s under the conditions of 460 ℃,25 MPa,and the molar ratio of sodium hydroxide to o-chlorophenol of 1 to 1.%研究了2-氯酚在超临界水-NaOH体系中的脱氯特性,考察了NaOH添加对2-氯酚转化率、Cl-生成率、脱氯选择性等的影响。实验结果表明,NaOH的添加能够显著提高2-氯酚的转化率、Cl-的生成率和脱氯选择性。2-氯酚的转化率随着NaOH添加量的增大而增大,460℃、25 MPa条件下,NaOH添加量与2-氯酚的摩尔比为1∶1时,停留时间27 s时可实现2-氯酚的完全转化。

  19. Assessment of the occupational exposure of the workers involved in the {sup 123}I production at the IEN/CNEN-RJ; Avaliacao da exposicao ocupacional dos trabalhadores envolvidos na producao de {sup 123}I no IEN

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    {sup 123}I is a gamma emitter used for diagnosis in Nuclear Medicine. Since 1998 it is produced in the Institute of Nuclear Energy (IEN) and supplied to the Clinics and Hospitals located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The annual production is in the approximately of 0,74 TBq (20 Ci), which represents a risk of external and internal exposure to the workers involved in this activity. A survey of external doses in the period of 1994 to 2004 was carried out based on the individual registries available in the CONEXO Data Base operated by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry (IRD). It was verified an increase of the external exposure associated to the production curve. However, the individual doses are all bellow the annual limits established by the regulatory board. On the other hand, the variation of doses among individuals involved in the same tasks suggests the possibility of optimization of procedures. Regarding internal exposure it was calculated a decision factor above 1mSv for the practice, which justifies the need for internal monitoring. An evaluation of the process based on the results of in vivo thyroid monitoring in the period of 2000 to 2004 was carried out to identify the steps which represent higher risk of internal exposure. The available data indicate that the laboratory of quality control is the critical step in terms of internal contamination. This conclusion can be justified by the high volatility of iodine which is manipulated in the form of a liquid open source during this step. With the aim of optimizing monitoring procedures for the control of occupationally exposed workers in the production of {sup 123}I, in vivo and in vitro bioassay methods were developed to identify and quantify internal contamination by such radionuclide, using the detection systems available at the Bioassay Laboratory and at the In Vivo Measurements Laboratory. The techniques developed present sensitivity compatible with the derived registry level associated

  20. Asthma among mink workers

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    Grøntved, Berit; Carstensen, Ole; Petersen, Rolf


    We report two cases of asthma among mink workers. The first case is about a mink farmer who had asthma that was difficult to treat. In the medical history there was no clear relation to work, and no conclusive work relation with peak flow monitoring. He had a positive histamine release test to mink...... urine. The second case is about a mink farm worker, who had an asthma attack when handling mink furs. Peak flow monitoring showed a clear relation to this work, but there were no signs of allergy. We conclude that these two cases suggest an increased risk of asthma among mink workers....

  1. [Indian workers in Oman]. (United States)

    Longuenesse, E


    Until recently Oman was a country of emigration, but by 1980 an estimated 200,000 foreign workers were in the country due to the petroleum boom. Almost 1/3 of the estimated 300,000 Indian workers in the Gulf states were in Oman, a country whose colonial heritage was closely tied to that of India and many of whose inhabitants still speak Urdu. The number of work permits granted to Indians working in the private sector in Oman increased from 47,928 in 1976 to 80,787 in 1980. An estimated 110,000 Indians were working in Oman in 1982, the great majority in the construction and public works sector. A few hundred Indian women were employed by the government of Oman, as domestics, or in other capacities. No accurate data is available on the qualifications of Indian workers in Oman, but a 1979 survey suggested a relatively low illiteracy rate among them. 60-75% of Indians in Oman are from the state of Kerala, followed by workers from the Punjab and the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and Bombay. Indian workers are recruited by specialized agencies or by friends or relatives already employed in Oman. Employers in Oman prefer to recruit through agencies because the preselection process minimizes hiring of workers unqualified for their posts. Officially, expenses of transportation, visas, and other needs are shared by the worker and the employer, but the demand for jobs is so strong that the workers are obliged to pay commissions which amount to considerable sums for stable and well paying jobs. Wages in Oman are however 2 to 5 times the level in India. Numerous abuses have been reported in recruitment practices and in failure of employers in Oman to pay the promised wages, but Indian workers have little recourse. At the same level of qualifications, Indians are paid less then non-Omani Arabs, who in turn receive less than Oman nationals. Indians who remain in Oman long enough nevertheless are able to support families at home and to accumulate considerable

  2. Advanced worker protection system. Topical report, Phase I

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    Myers, J.


    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. The DOE believes that existing technologies are inadequate to solve many challenging problems such as how to decontaminate structures and equipment cost effectively, what to do with materials and wastes generated, and how to adequately protect workers and the environment. Preliminary estimates show a tremendous need for effective use of resources over a relatively long period (over 30 years). Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This project will result in the development of an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS will be built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with advanced protective garments, advanced liquid cooling garment, respirator, communications, and support equipment to provide improved worker protection, simplified system, maintenance, and dramatically improve worker productivity through longer duration work cycles.

  3. Integrated ternary nanocomposite of TiO2/NiO/reduced graphene oxide as a visible light photocatalyst for efficient degradation of o-chlorophenol. (United States)

    Sharma, Ajit; Lee, Byeong-Kyu


    This study investigated a novel approach for the synthesis of an integrated ternary nanocomposite which could act as a good photo-catalyst under visible light irradiation for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous environments. The photo-catalyst included nickel oxide (NiO) as a dopant, and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) as a good carbon basal support for enhancement of the photo-catalytic activity of TiO2. Under irradiation with visible light, the ternary nanocomposite (TiO2/NiO-RGO) system generates e(-)/h(+) pairs, and then reacts with H2O and O2(-) molecules to produce oxy-radicals which can be used for the mineralization of o-chlorophenol from aqueous solution. The characteristic of all photo-catalysts were investigated by UV-Vis analysis, with surface area and pore size measurements by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), crystallinity by X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental composition by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and morphology by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX). The functional groups were measured by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy before and after o-chlorophenol degradation. TiO2/NiO-RGO was capable of achieving 88.4% photo-degradation of 100 mg/L o-chlorophenol (100 mL) within 8 h with addition of 0.01% H2O2 under visible light irradiation at pH 6.5. The photo-degradation followed a pseudo-first-order reaction. The TiO2/NiO-RGO nanocomposite retained its high removal efficiency, even after four photo-catalytic cycles.

  4. Novel polyamide-based nanofibers prepared by electrospinning technique for headspace solid-phase microextraction of phenol and chlorophenols from environmental samples

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    Bagheri, Habib, E-mail: [Environmental and Bio-Analytical Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Av., P.O. Box 11365-9516, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Aghakhani, Ali; Baghernejad, Masoud; Akbarinejad, Alireza [Environmental and Bio-Analytical Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Av., P.O. Box 11365-9516, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    A novel solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was fabricated by electrospinning method in which a polymeric solution was converted to nanofibers using high voltages. A thin stainless steel wire was coated by the network of polymeric nanofibers. The polymeric nanofiber coating on the wire was mechanically stable due to the fine and continuous nanofibers formation around the wire with a three dimensional structure. Polyamide (nylon 6), due to its suitable characteristics was used to prepare the unbreakable SPME nanofiber. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of this new coating showed a diameter range of 100-200 nm for polyamide nanofibers with a homogeneous and porous surface structure. The extraction efficiency of new coating was investigated for headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) of some environmentally important chlorophenols from aqueous samples followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. Effect of different parameters influencing the extraction efficiency including extraction temperature, extraction time, ionic strength and polyamide amount were investigated and optimized. In order to improve the chromatographic behavior of phenolic compounds, all the analytes were derivatized prior to the extraction process using basic acetic anhydride. The detection limits of the method under optimized conditions were in the range of 2-10 ng L{sup -1}. The relative standard deviations (RSD) (n = 3) at the concentration level of 1.7-6.7 ng mL{sup -1} were obtained between 1 and 7.4%. The calibration curves of chlorophenols showed linearity in the range of 27-1330 ng L{sup -1} for phenol and monochlorophenols and 7-1000 ng L{sup -1} for dichloro and trichlorophenols. Also, the proposed method was successfully applied to the extraction of phenol and chlorophenols from real water samples and relative recoveries were between 84 and 98% for all the selected analytes except for 2,4,6 tricholophenol which was between 72 and 74%.

  5. Photocatalytic Degradation of 2-Chlorophenol Using Ag-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers and a Near-UV Light-Emitting Diode System


    Ju-Young Park; In-Hwa Lee


    This report investigated the photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol using TiO2 nanofibers and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers, synthesized using the sol-gel and electrospinning techniques, and an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV-LED) system as a UV light source. The crystallite size of the Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers was smaller than that of the TiO2 nanofibers, because silver retrained phase transformation not only controls the phase transformation but also inhibits the growth of anatase cry...

  6. Practice and Thinking of the Occupation Skill Testing of Veterinary Biological Products Manufacturing Worker in China%我国兽用生物制品制造工职业技能鉴定实践与思考

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    郭晔; 顾进华; 王峰; 张广川; 王彬; 李倩


    The current conditions of the industry of veterinary biological products of human resources and the occupational skill testing system were introduced,the characteristics of veterinary biologics production workers occupational skill testing work processes and its role during the manufacturing of veterinary biological production were analyzed,and the direction and future of the occupational skills testing in the field of veterinary biological products industry was thought about,in order to provide a reference for the industry of veterinary occupational skill testing work.%介绍了我国兽用生物制品行业人力资源、职业技能鉴定体系工作情况,分析了兽用生物制品制造工职业技能鉴定工作开展的特点及其在兽用生物制品生产中的作用,对兽用生物制品行业职业技能鉴定工作的方向及未来进行了思考,以期为兽药行业职业技能鉴定工作提供参考。

  7. Tobacco Workers in 1916

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    I looked at the women in the photo carefully,judging theirage from the style of their hair and clothes,and guessingtheir mood at the time when the photo was taken. On this photo there are about 50 workers from theNanyang Brothers Tobacco Company,who are sitting in thefactory working.It seems they are married women, for allwear their hair in buns.Behind them stand two men in white;they may be the foremen. Women tobacco workers were one branch of Chinesewomen workrs in modern industry.At the end of the 1900’s,the reeling.cotton spinning,match and cigarette trades usedwomen workers extensively.They were mainly employed inenterprises with more than 500 workers,chiefly in cotton,silkand weaving mills.They also amassed in the tobacco trade,

  8. Migrant Workers Fight Back

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    Zhao, aged 33, is a migrant worker in a shoe factory in Shenzhen, the prosperous southern Chinese city. He arrived there hve years ago from his home village in north Jiangsu province, a notoriously poverty struck region of China.

  9. Workers Compensation Claim Data - (United States)

    Department of Transportation — This data set contains DOT employee workers compensation claim data for current and past DOT employees. Types of data include claim data consisting of PII data (SSN,...

  10. Dependency and Worker Flirting


    Konecki, Krzysztof


    The present paper concentrates on 'worker flirting' as one of the forms of interactional ritual in the culture of an organization. It is thus only an illustration of the interactional dimension of the culture of an organization. The paper deals with interactional ritual in an industrial organization and is based on an empirical study carried out in a radio-electrical plant, "Z," which employs 1,500 workers. The author carried out a period of three-months covert participant observation and...

  11. Relationship between high-temperature working classification and hypertension among iron and steel production workers%钢铁生产工人高温作业分级与高血压关系研究

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    柴峰; 佟俊旺; 杨静波; 李向文; 王永斌; 郑瑶; 王朝阳; 王焕; 袁聚祥


    目的:分析钢铁生产工人高温作业分级与高血压患病的关联性。方法采用方便抽样方法,选取某钢铁企业2798名钢铁生产工人为研究对象,根据是否从事高温作业分为高温组(1070人)和对照组(1728人)。对2组工人的健康状况进行问卷调查,并测量血压;对高温组工人工作场所进行湿球黑球温度指数测量,结合接触高温作业时间进行高温作业分级。结果 2798名钢铁生产工人高血压患病率为32.8%;高温组工人高血压患病率高于对照组(41.3%vs 27.5%,P<0.01)。随着高温作业分级的增加,高温组工人高血压患病率呈上升趋势( P<0.01)。多因素Logistic回归分析显示:在排除年龄、体质指数、高血压家族史、文化程度、吸烟、饮酒、食盐摄入量和精神压力等混杂因素后,高温组工人高温作业分级与高血压患病呈正相关( P<0.01),高温初始接触年龄与高血压患病呈负相关( P<0.01)。结论高温作业分级是钢铁生产工人罹患高血压的重要影响因素;加强高温作业分级管理有利于该类工人高血压的防治控制。%Objective To analyze the relationship between the high-temperature working classification and prevalence of hypertension in iron and steel production workers .Methods By a convenience sampling method , 2 798 workers in an iron and steel production enterprise were selected as study subjects .They were divided into high-temperature working group (1 070 cases) and non-high-temperature working (control) group (1 728 cases).The occupational health status was investigated by questionnaire survey and the blood pressure was measured .The wet bulb globe temperature in workplace of high temperature working group was measured , and the high-temperature classification was made based on the time of exposure to high temperature .Results The prevalence rate of hypertension of 2 798 iron and steel

  12. Application of solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of chlorophenols in leather. (United States)

    de Souza Silveira, Cristine D; Martendal, Edmar; Soldi, Valdir; Carasek, Eduardo


    This paper proposes a new analytical procedure based on the headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) technique and gas chromatography-selected ion monitoring-mass spectrometry (GC-SIM-MS) for the determination of 16 phenols extracted from leather samples. The optimized conditions for the HS-SPME were obtained through two experimental designs - a two-level fractional factorial design followed by a central composite design - using the commercial SPME fiber polyacrylate 85 μm (PA). The best extraction conditions were as follows: 200 μL of derivatizing agent (acetic anhydride), 20 mL of saturated aqueous NaCl solution and extraction time and temperature of 50 min and 75°C, respectively. All optimized conditions were obtained with fixed leather sample mass (250 mg), vial volume (40 mL) and phosphate buffer pH (12) and concentration (50 mmol/L). Detection limits ranging from 0.03 to 0.20 ng/g, and relative standard deviation (RSD) lower than 10.23% (n=6) for a concentration of 800 ng/g (chlorophenols) and 1325 ng/g (2-phenylphenol) in the splitless mode were obtained. The recovery was studied at three concentration levels by adding different amounts of phenols to the leather sample and excellent recoveries ranging from 90.0 to 107.2% were obtained. The validated method was shown to be suitable for the quantification of phenols in leather samples, as it is simple, relatively fast and sensitive.

  13. Solar photocatalytic degradation of chlorophenols mixture (4-CP and 2,4-DCP): Mechanism and kinetic modelling. (United States)

    Abeish, Abdulbasit M; Ang, Ha Ming; Znad, Hussein


    The solar-photocatalytic degradation mechanisms and kinetics of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) using TiO2 have been investigated both individually and combined. The individual solar-photocatalytic degradation of both phenolic compounds showed that the reaction rates follow pseudo-first-order reaction. During the individual photocatalytic degradation of both 4-CP and 2,4-DCP under the same condition of TiO2 (0.5 g L(-1)) and light intensities (1000 mW cm(-2)) different intermediates were detected, three compounds associated with 4-CP (hydroquinone (HQ), phenol (Ph) and 4-chlorocatechol (4-cCat)) and two compounds associated with 2,4-DCP (4-CP and Ph). The photocatalytic degradation of the combined mixture (4-CP and 2,4-DCP) was also investigated at the same conditions and different 2,4-DCP initial concentrations. The results showed that the degradation rate of 4-CP decreases when the 2,4-DCP concentration increases. Furthermore, the intermediates detected were similar to that found in the individual degradation but with high Ph concentration. Therefore, a possible reaction mechanism for degradation of this combined mixture was proposed. Moreover, a modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) kinetic model considering all detected intermediates was developed. A good agreement between experimental and estimated results was achieved. This model can be useful for scaling-up purposes more accurately as its considering the intermediates formed, which has a significant effect on degrading the main pollutants (4-CP and 2,4-DCP).

  14. Effect of process variables interaction on simultaneous adsorption of phenol and 4-chlorophenol: statistical modeling and optimization using RSM (United States)

    Leong, Kwok-Yii; See, Sylvia; Lim, Jun-Wei; Bashir, Mohammed J. K.; Ng, Choon-Aun; Tham, Leony


    Results of the interaction of process variables and the consequential mixture of phenolic compounds adsorption study are expected to shed brighter light on the wastewater treatment applications. Accordingly, the aims of this research are to model and optimize the process variables which impinged on the simultaneous adsorption of phenol and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in the binary solution by spherical activated carbon (SAC). Batch assessments were designed using response surface methodology software. The process variables, namely SAC dosage and pH were varied over the 1.50-3.50 g/L and 4.00-9.00 g/L ranges, respectively, were experimented. The analysis of variance results showed the significant models could precisely predict the percentage removals of phenol and 4-CP, indicating models reliability. The interaction of process variables was inconspicuous for the case of phenol adsorption. However, increasing the pH would deteriorate the 4-CP adsorption which was partially offset by raising the SAC dosage. Considering the environmental benefits, optimization taken place at the SAC dosage and pH of 3.50 g/L and 7.60 g/L, respectively, was selected. By employing the optimized conditions of SAC dosage of 3.50 g/L at pH 7.60 for the adsorption process, the predicted phenol and 4-CP removal percentages were found to be 85.4 % (73.1 mg/g) and 96.2 % (82.6 mg/g), respectively, which were in agreement with the experimental runs.

  15. Electrodeposition of palladium and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites on foam-nickel electrode for electrocatalytic hydrodechlorination of 4-chlorophenol

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    Liu, Yong; Liu, Lan; Shan, Jun; Zhang, Jingdong, E-mail:


    Highlights: • Pd and reduced graphene oxide are deposited on foam-Ni via electrodeposition. • Pd particles supported on RGO possess large active surface area. • Pd/RGO/foam-Ni shows high electrocatalytic activity for dechlorination of 4-CP. • 100% 4-CP can be removed on Pd/RGO/foam-Ni under optimum ECH conditions. - Abstract: A high-performance palladium (Pd) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite electrode was prepared on foam-nickel (foam-Ni) via two-step electrodeposition processes. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) observation showed that the obtained Pd/RGO/foam-Ni composite electrode displayed a uniform and compact morphology. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analysis confirmed the successful deposition of Pd and RGO on nickel substrate. The cyclic voltammetric (CV) measurements indicated that the presence of RGO greatly enhanced the active surface area of Pd particles deposited on foam-Ni. The as-deposited Pd/RGO/foam-Ni electrode was applied to electrocatalytic hydrodechlorination (ECH) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). Various factors influencing the dechlorination of 4-CP such as dechlorination current, initial concentration of 4-CP, Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} concentration and initial pH were systematically investigated. The thermodynamic analysis showed that the dechlorination reaction of 4-CP at different temperatures followed the first-order kinetics and the activation energy for 4-CP dechlorination on Pd/RGO/foam-Ni electrode was calculated to be 51.96 kJ mol{sup −1}. Under the optimum conditions, the dechlorination efficiency of 4-CP could reach 100% after 60-min ECH treatment. Moreover, the prepared Pd/RGO/foam-Ni composite electrode showed good stability for recycling utilization in ECH of 4-CP.

  16. Personal exposure to inhalable cement dust among construction workers.

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    Peters, S.M.; Thomassen, Y.; Fechter-Rink, E.; Kromhout, H.


    Objective- A case study was carried out to assess cement dust exposure and its determinants among construction workers and for comparison among workers in cement and concrete production.Methods- Full-shift personal exposure measurements were performed and samples were analysed for inhalable dust and

  17. Effects of office innovation on office workers' health and performance

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    E.M. Meijer; M.H.W. Frings-Dresen; J.K. Sluiter


    The implementation of an innovative office concept (e.g. open-plan, flexible workplaces and a paperless office concept) on health and productivity among office workers was evaluated with questionnaires of 138 workers at baseline and 6 and 15 months afterwards. Work-related fatigue, general health, c

  18. Construction Worker Motivation the Means to Improving Worker Productivity. (United States)


    related.20 Victor Vroom developed a hypothesis that subdivided the theory into three areas: (1) expectancy, (2) valence, and (3) instrumentality...Needs Hierarchy Theory The most widely used theory of motivation is the needs hierarchy theory. Abraham H . Maslow proposed that all individuals have basic...answer that will result in performance is that the promotion provides I the increase in pay which is an outcome that the employee values. Vroom asserts

  19. Sintomas respiratórios em trabalhadores de carvoarias nos municípios de Lindolfo Collor, Ivoti e Presidente Lucena, RS Respiratory symptoms in charcoal production workers in the cities of Lindolfo Collor, Ivoti and Presidente Lucena, Brazil

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a ocorrência de sintomas respiratórios e tabagismo, assim como parâmetros de função pulmonar, em trabalhadores da produção de carvão vegetal em três municípios do sul do Brasil. MÉTODOS: Estudo do tipo observacional com 67 indivíduos, no qual os dados foram obtidos através de entrevistas e espirometria. RESULTADOS: Do total de 67 trabalhadores, 50 (75,0% eram homens; média de idade = 46,52 ± 13,25 anos; média de IMC = 25,7 ± 3,85 kg/m²; VEF1 = 3,24 ± 0,82 L (93,2 ± 16,0% do previsto; CVF = 4,02 ± 0,92 L (95,5 ± 14,3% do previsto; e VEF1/CVF = 80,31 ± 9,82. Os sintomas de vias aéreas superiores mais frequentes foram espirros e secreção nasal, em 24 trabalhadores (35,82%, enquanto o das vias aéreas inferiores foi tosse, em 15 (22,38%. Dos 67 trabalhadores, 21 (31,34% eram tabagistas. Os tabagistas apresentaram mais tosse (OR = 5,00; p = 0,01, obstrução nasal (OR = 3,50; p = 0,03, prurido nasal (OR = 8,80; p = 0,01 e sibilância (OR = 10,0; p = 0,03, assim como menor VEF1 (2,93 ± 0,80 L vs. 3,38 ± 0,80 L; p = 0,04 que os não tabagistas. Rinite ocupacional foi detectada em 14 trabalhadores (20,85%, asma brônquica em 4 (5,97% e DPOC em 4 (5,97%. CONCLUSÕES: A ocorrência dos sintomas respiratórios e a redução do fluxo aéreo foram maiores nos trabalhadores tabagistas. O controle da pirólise não aumentou a ocorrência de sintomas respiratórios nos trabalhadores de carvoarias.OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and smoking, as well as pulmonary function parameters among charcoal production workers in three cities in southern Brazil. METHODS: This was an observational study including 67 individuals. Data were obtained by means of interviews and spirometry. RESULTS: Of the 67 workers, 50 (75.0% were male; mean age, 46.52 ± 13.25 years; mean BMI, 25.7 ± 3.85 kg/m²; FEV1, 3.24 ± 0.82 L (93.2 ± 16.0% of predicted; FVC, 4.02 ± 0.92 L (95.5 ± 14.3% of predicted; and

  20. Purge-assisted headspace solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for determination of chlorophenols in aqueous samples. (United States)

    Ho, Hsin-Pin; Lee, Ren-Jye; Lee, Maw-Rong


    A simple, economical and very effective method is demonstrated for simultaneous determination of 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol and pentachlorophenol, in aqueous samples, by using purge-assisted headspace solid-phase microextraction (PA/HS-SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). In the new method, purging the sample enhances the removal of the trace chlorophenols without derivatization from the matrices to the headspace. Extraction parameters including extraction temperature, purge gas flow rate and extraction time were systematically investigated. Under optimal conditions, the relative standard deviations (RSDs) were 4-11% at 50 pg/mL and 5-14% at 5 pg/mL, respectively. The recoveries were in the range of 83-114%. Detection limits were determined at the fg level. These results indicate that PA/HS-SPME provides a significant contribution to highly efficient extraction of semi-volatile CPs, especially for pentachlorophenol, which has the smallest Henry's constant and large octanol-water partitioning coefficient. In addition, the proposed method was successfully applied to the analysis of chlorophenols in landfill leachate. New perspectives are opened for headspace extraction of relatively low vapor pressure compounds in complex matrices.

  1. Influence of Phases Content on Pt/TiO2, Pd/TiO2 Catalysts for Degradation of 4-Chlorophenol at Room Temperature

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    D. S. García-Zaleta


    Full Text Available Different Pt/TiO2 and Pd/TiO2 catalysts were prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of different amounts of noble metals (1–5 mol-% present on the microstructure as well as the photocatalytic property under 4-chlorophenol degradation was evaluated. The anatase phase was favored at low Pt content; however, the apparition of new phases after 3 mol-% (PtO suggests a saturation lattice considering our solubility limit at 1 mol-%. Similar trend was observed when Pd was added to the TiO2 lattice. The as-prepared catalysts were deeply characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD with the Rietveld Method, Raman spectroscopy, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM, scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET adsorption analysis, and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. Unit-cell parameter of TiO2 phases varied from 30 to 93 vol-% depending on the amount of Pt or Pd added to the composite. HRTEM and HRSEM identified the phases in the catalysts and confirmed the nanometric size and morphology of the catalysts. An improvement in removal efficiency of 4-chlorophenol was obtained in all the specimens compared with the commercial Degussa P25, which can be explained in terms of phase composition and modification of the band gap.

  2. Suitability of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction for the in situ silylation of chlorophenols in water samples before gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Saraji, Mohammad; Ghambari, Hoda


    Trace analysis of chlorophenols in water was performed by simultaneous silylation and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction followed by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction was carried out using an organic solvent lighter than water (n-hexane). The effect of different silylating reagents on the method efficiency was investigated. The influence of derivatization reagent volume, presence of catalyst and derivatization/extraction time on the yield of the derivatization reaction was studied. Different parameters affecting extraction efficiency such as kind and volume of extraction and disperser solvents, pH of the sample and addition of salt were also investigated and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the calibration graphs were linear in the range of 0.05-100 ng/mL and the limit of detection was 0.01 ng/mL. The enrichment factors were 242, 351, and 363 for 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, respectively. The values of intra- and inter-day relative standard deviations were in the range of 3.0-6.4 and 6.1-9.9%, respectively. The applicability of the method was investigated by analyzing water and wastewater samples.

  3. Photochemical transformation of anionic 2-nitro-4-chlorophenol in surface waters: laboratory and model assessment of the degradation kinetics, and comparison with field data. (United States)

    Sur, Babita; De Laurentiis, Elisa; Minella, Marco; Maurino, Valter; Minero, Claudio; Vione, Davide


    Anionic 2-nitro-4-chlorophenol (NCP) may occur in surface waters as a nitroderivative of 4-chlorophenol, which is a transformation intermediate of the herbicide dichlorprop. Here we show that NCP would undergo efficient photochemical transformation in environmental waters, mainly by direct photolysis and reaction with OH. NCP has a polychromatic photolysis quantum yield Φ(NCP)=(1.27±0.22)·10(-5), a rate constant with OH k(NCP,)(OH)=(1.09±0.09)·10(10) M(-1) s(-1), a rate constant with (1)O(2)k(NCP,1O2)=(2.15±0.38)·10(7) M(-1) s(-1), a rate constant with the triplet state of anthraquinone-2-sulphonate k(NCP,3AQ2S*)=(5.90±0.43)·10(8) M(-1) s(-1), and is poorly reactive toward CO(3)(-). The k(NCP,3AQ2S*) value is representative of reaction with the triplet states of chromophoric dissolved organic matter. The inclusion of photochemical reactivity data into a model of surface-water photochemistry allowed the NCP transformation kinetics to be predicted as a function of water chemical composition and column depth. Very good agreement between model predictions and field data was obtained for the shallow lagoons of the Rhône delta (Southern France).

  4. Specialization in policing behaviour among workers of the ant Pachycondyla inversa

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    Van Zweden, Jelle Stijn; Fürst, Matthias Alois; Heinze, Jürgen


    Most animal societies are non-clonal and thus subject to conflicts. In social insects, conflict over male production can be resolved by worker policing, i.e. eating of worker-laid eggs (WLE) or aggression towards reproductive workers. All workers in a colony have an interest in policing behaviour......, reproductive workers were introduced into queenright colonies. In the second experiment, WLE were introduced. By observing which individuals policed, we found that aggressive policing was highly skewed among workers that had opportunity to police, and that a similar tendency occurred in egg policing. None...

  5. Caracterización del proceso de adsorción de 3-cloro fenol desde solución acuosa sobre carbon activado por calorimetria de inmersión Characterization of 3-chlorophenol adsorption process from aqueous solution on activated carbon by immersion calorimetry

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    Liliana Giraldo


    Full Text Available The immersion enthalpy of activated carbon in 3-chlorophenol solutions, of 100 mg L-1, is determined at different pH values between 3 and 11 with results between 37.6 and 21.2 J g-1. The 3-chlorophenol adsorbed quantities on the activated carbon during the calorimetric experience, are between 1.13 and 2.19 mg g-1, for different pH values of the solution. The 3-chlorophenol adsorbed quantity and the immersion enthalpy decrease by increasing of the pH solution, while increasing the adsorbed quantity increases the immersion enthalpy value.


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    庄惠生; 王琼娥; 阮国洪


    The determination of 2-chlorophenol, 24-dichlorophenol, 2,3,4-trichlorophenol, 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol and pentachlorophenol in the water environment was studied by the high performance liquid chromatography with solid phase extraction in this paper.

  7. Gamma radiation-induced catalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol using SiO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Gonzalez-Juarez, J.C. [Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca, Instituto Tecnologico Av. ExRancho la Virgen, Metepec, Mexico C.P. 52140 (Mexico); Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apartado Postal 18-1027. Mexico D.F. 11801 (Mexico); Jimenez-Becerril, J. [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apartado Postal 18-1027. Mexico D.F. 11801 (Mexico)]. E-mail:


    To study radiocatalytic processes, solutions of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) were irradiated with gamma radiation, and results indicate that degradation of 4-CP is increased when commercial SiO{sub 2,} TiO{sub 2}, or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is added.

  8. 77 FR 33490 - Long Elevator & Machine Company, Inc., Including Workers Whose Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wages... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Long Elevator & Machine Company, Inc., Including Workers Whose... Adjustment Assistance (TAA) applicable to workers and former workers of Long Elevator & Machine Company, Inc... activity related to the ] production of elevator components and to the supply of elevator repair...

  9. Application of RULA in evaluation of workers' ergonomics in a mask production factory%基于快速上肢评估(RULA)法对某口罩生产人因工程学的风险分析

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    Objective To assess the human engineering risk in a mask production factory and then to improve the workers' working condition. Methods RULA (rapid upper limb assessment) was used to identify the ergonomics risks in a mask production factory,and to evaluate task severity and rank risk level for workers' wrist,arm,neck,torso and leg during the operation. Results Human engineering risks in two workplaces, namely the separation and lifting of filter jumbo were both ranked 7 points, which indicated both workplaces had high risks. After that, the improvement actions, including manual task replacement,the process optimization, were taken accordingly to reduce risk level. Conclusion RULA is an effective tool in assessing human engineering risks in a mask production factory, which indicated this tool can be used in more fields.%目的:分析某口罩生产中存在的人因工程学风险,改善工人工作条件。方法使用快速上肢评估(RULA)法,对上海某企业口罩生产工艺进行风险识别,对员工手腕和手臂动作以及颈部、躯干和腿部动作进行评分,汇总后得到最终评分结果,并评估其风险等级。结果滤棉小卷剥离和滤棉小卷搬运两个岗位的人因工程学风险较高,其操作动作评估的最终评分均为7分。采取有针对性的改善方案,包括机械作业代替人工作业、生产工艺优化后,某口罩生产中人因工程学风险被有效降低。结论 RULA法在某口罩生产人因工程学研究与改善中能得到有效运用,预示该方法在人因工程评估领域可能具有广泛的适用性。

  10. The older worker. (United States)

    Fulks, J S; Fallon, L F


    About one person in eight remains employed past 65, the average age for retirement in the U.S. These persons tend to be highly reliable. They can adapt and learn new technology, but may require extra time to do so. Older workers have particular needs in the workplace due to physiological changes that accompany aging. They may require more lighting, and they may have decreased mobility, physical strength, and dexterity. These factors often have no impact on their ability to accomplish job duties. This chapter underscores the significant contributions that older workers often provide, and also addresses retirement planning.

  11. Parasitic Cape honeybee workers, Apis mellifera capensis, evade policing (United States)

    Martin, Stephen J.; Beekman, Madeleine; Wossler, Theresa C.; Ratnieks, Francis L. W.


    Relocation of the Cape honeybee, Apis mellifera capensis, by bee-keepers from southern to northern South Africa in 1990 has caused widespread death of managed African honeybee, A. m. scutellata, colonies. Apis mellifera capensis worker bees are able to lay diploid, female eggs without mating by means of automictic thelytoky (meiosis followed by fusion of two meiotic products to restore egg diploidy), whereas workers of other honeybee subspecies are able to lay only haploid, male eggs. The A. m. capensis workers, which are parasitizing and killing A. m. scutellata colonies in northern South Africa, are the asexual offspring of a single, original worker in which the small amount of genetic variation observed is due to crossing over during meiosis (P. Kryger, personal communication). Here we elucidate two principal mechanisms underlying this parasitism. Parasitic A. m. capensis workers activate their ovaries in host colonies that have a queen present (queenright colonies), and they lay eggs that evade being killed by other workers (worker policing)-the normal fate of worker-laid eggs in colonies with a queen. This unique parasitism by workers is an instance in which a society is unable to control the selfish actions of its members.

  12. Battling for Workers

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    China’s labor pool is not running dry, but migrant workers are expecting more from cities For most of China’s 240 million farmers who leave their hometowns for manualobs in cities, the only opportunity for family reunion is the Spring Festival,or Lunar New

  13. Chinese Workers' Real Demand

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    Li Zhen


    @@ A new generation different from their elders Cheap labor has built Chinas economic miracle.As China's economy has bounced back,wages have followed suit.But,for the new generation of Chinese migrant workers,wages are not enough to meet their needs.


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    The recent cases of U.S. fast-food giants McDonald’s and KFC, accused of underpaying and exploiting part-time workers in their Chinese branches, have put labor relations under the spotlight. With deepening market-oriented economic reforms and an increasi

  15. 非均相光Fenton降解4-氯酚的研究%Degradation efficiency of 4-chlorophenol via heterogeneous photo-Fenton

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    王维明; 张冉; 王树涛; 刘婷; 尤宏


    制备了以Al2O3/TiO2为载体的负载型铁氧化物催化剂,对催化剂进行SEM、XRD、UV-vis-DRS和XPS分析,考察H2O2投加量、催化剂投加量、4-氯酚初始质量浓度对4-氯酚处理效果的影响,分析了非均相光Fenton体系的氧化机理.结果表明,所制备的负载型铁氧化物催化剂为α-FeOOH与γ-Fe2O3的混合物,其表面存在较多的颗粒和孔穴,吸附性强,具有很高的催化活性.H2O2、铁氧化物催化剂、紫外灯之间存在协同作用,所构成的非均相光Fenton体系对4-氯酚具有良好的去除效果.其反应机理为表面催化,催化剂表面的Fe(Ⅲ)在光照的作用下被还原为Fe(Ⅱ).在催化剂投加量为1 g/L,H2O2浓度为7.84mmol/L时,对4-氯酚的降解效果达到最佳,反应进行30 min后4-氯酚的去除率大于99%,反应1h矿化度可达91.4%.%This paper aims to introduce our preparation of catalysts loaded on Al2O3/TiO2 and the heterogeneous photo-Fenton reaction system we have established for the study of the degradation efficiency of the 4-chlorophenol. The catalysts we have prepared are characterized by SEM, XRD, by means of which we have investigated the effect of H2O2 dosage, along with the catalyst dosage and initial concentration of the 4-chlorophenol on 4-chlorophenol degradation needed. In addition, we have also done experiments to explore the oxidation mechanism of heterogeneous photo-Fenton system. The results of our research show that the ingredients of iron oxidate catalysts loaded on Al2O3/TiO2 were the mixture of α- FeOOH and γ - Fe2O3; and, as compared with Al2O3/TiO2 carrier, it has been found that there exist more surface particles and cavity on the catalyst surface, whose specific surface area proves to be wider for its adsorption, and, therefore, helps to enhance their catalytic activity. The heterogeneous photo-Fenton system we have established proves to be highly effective for degrading 4-chlorophenol. Furthermore, we have worked out the

  16. Workers' marginal costs of commuting

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    van Ommeren, Jos; Fosgerau, Mogens


    This paper applies a dynamic search model to estimate workers' marginal costs of commuting, including monetary and time costs. Using data on workers' job search activity as well as moving behaviour, for the Netherlands, we provide evidence that, on average, workers' marginal costs of one hour of ...

  17. Photochemical transformation of anionic 2-nitro-4-chlorophenol in surface waters: Laboratory and model assessment of the degradation kinetics, and comparison with field data

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    Sur, Babita [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 5, 10125 Torino (Italy); Department of Chemical Engineering, Calcutta University, 92 Acharya P. C. Road, Kolkata 700009 (India); De Laurentiis, Elisa; Minella, Marco; Maurino, Valter; Minero, Claudio [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 5, 10125 Torino (Italy); Vione, Davide [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Torino, Via P. Giuria 5, 10125 Torino (Italy); Centro Interdipartimentale NatRisk, Universita di Torino, Via Leonardo da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco (Italy)


    Anionic 2-nitro-4-chlorophenol (NCP) may occur in surface waters as a nitroderivative of 4-chlorophenol, which is a transformation intermediate of the herbicide dichlorprop. Here we show that NCP would undergo efficient photochemical transformation in environmental waters, mainly by direct photolysis and reaction with {center_dot}OH. NCP has a polychromatic photolysis quantum yield {Phi}{sub NCP} = (1.27 {+-} 0.22) {center_dot} 10{sup -5}, a rate constant with {center_dot}OH k{sub NCP,}{center_dot}{sub OH} = (1.09 {+-} 0.09) {center_dot} 10{sup 10} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}, a rate constant with {sup 1}O{sub 2}k{sub NCP,1O2} = (2.15 {+-} 0.38) {center_dot} 10{sup 7} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}, a rate constant with the triplet state of anthraquinone-2-sulphonate k{sub NCP,3AQ2S*} = (5.90 {+-} 0.43) {center_dot} 10{sup 8} M{sup -1} s{sup -1}, and is poorly reactive toward CO{sub 3}{sup -}{center_dot}. The k{sub NCP,3AQ2S*} value is representative of reaction with the triplet states of chromophoric dissolved organic matter. The inclusion of photochemical reactivity data into a model of surface-water photochemistry allowed the NCP transformation kinetics to be predicted as a function of water chemical composition and column depth. Very good agreement between model predictions and field data was obtained for the shallow lagoons of the Rhone delta (Southern France). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phototransformation kinetics of 2-nitro-4-chlorophenol, relevant to surface waters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Determination of photochemical reactivity data in the laboratory. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Model approach to combine photochemical reactivity with environmental variables. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good agreement with field data in lagoon water (Rhone delta, Southern France). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Direct photolysis and reaction with {center_dot}OH as main photoprocesses in the environment.

  18. Occupational risk assessment of paint industry workers

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    Hugo M de Oliveira


    Full Text Available Background: Thousands of chemical compounds are used in paint products, like pigments, extenders, binders, additives, and solvents (toluene, xylene, ketones, alcohols, esters, and glycol ethers. Paint manufacture workers are potentially exposed to the chemicals present in paint products although the patterns and levels of exposure to individual agents may differ from those of painters. The aim of the present study was to evaluate genome damage induced in peripheral blood lymphocytes and oral mucosa cells of paint industry workers. Materials and Methods: Genotoxicity was evaluated using the alkaline Comet assay in blood lymphocytes and oral mucosa cells, and the Micronucleus test in oral mucosa cells. For the micronucleus test in exfoliated buccal cells, no significant difference was detected between the control and paint industry workers. Results: The Comet assay in epithelia buccal cells showed that the damage index (DI and damage frequency (DF observed in the exposed group were significantly higher relative to the control group ( P≤0.05. In the same way, the Comet assay data in peripheral blood leukocytes showed that both analysis parameters (DI and DF were significantly greater than that for the control group ( P≤0.05. Conclusions: Chronic occupational exposure to paints may lead to a slightly increased risk of genetic damage among paint industry workers.

  19. 76 FR 39129 - Tensolite, LLC D/B/A Carlisle Interconnect Assemblies Including On-Site Leased Workers From Volt... (United States)


    ... Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974..., Vancouver, Washington. The workers produce radio frequency products and interconnect assemblies. The...

  20. 77 FR 31643 - Siltronic Corporation FAB1 Plant Including On-Site Leased Workers From Express Temporaries... (United States)


    ... on April 27, 2012 (77 FR 25201). The workers were engaged in the production of silicon wafers. At the... workers leased from the afore-mentioned agencies who work(ed) on-site at subject firm. The amended...

  1. Development of functional foods for radiation workers - In vivo test on the effect of functional food for stem cell protection and preparing the provisional product

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    Kim, Sung Ho; Oh, Heon; Kim, Se Ra; Lee, Song Eun [Chonnam National University, Kwangju (Korea)


    We performed this study to determine (1) the effect of several oriental prescriptions as energy tonic (Chinese medical concept : Bu-Qi) or blood building (Chinese medical concept : Bu-Xie) decoction and its major ingredients, (2) the biological stability of irradiated Chinese medical prescriptions, and (3) the effect of several proposed prescriptions and its fractions on jejunal crypt survival (12 Gy), endogenous spleen colony formation(6.5 Gy), and apoptosis(2 Gy) in jejunal crypt cells of mice irradiated with high and low dose of gamma-irradiation. For the study of evaluation on the radioprotective effects of effective prescriptions, we tried the test on change of survival and hematological changes and finally we prepared the provisional product. 57 refs., 5 figs., 38 tabs. (Author)

  2. Latex Allergy In Health Care Workers

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    Hayriye Sarıcaoğlu


    Full Text Available Background and Design: We aimed to determine the frequency of latex allergy in our hospital and to to evaluate the clinical and demographical features of the cases.Materials and Methods: A detailed questionnaire was administered to healthcare workers by a physician. Skin prick test with latex and patch test with rubber chemicals and a piece of latex glove were performed for all healthcare workers. Latex-specific IgE was measured in serum.Results: The study sample consisted of 36 nurses, 14 doctors, and 50 healthcare workers. While 46 subjects had symptoms, 54 subjects had no symptoms. The relationship of clinical disease with working duration, exposure duration (hour/day, history of atopy, and drug/food allergies was statistically significant. Five nurses and 1 healthcare worker had positive skin prick test. Two of them had positive latex-specific IgE. Positive skin prick test statistically significantly correlated with occupation, working duration, exposure duration (hour/day and positive latex-specific IgE. Two nurses and 2 healthcare workers had positive latex-specific IgE. Two of them had positive skin prick test. Positive latexspecific IgE statistically significantly correlated with working duration, exposure duration, and positive skin prick test. Patch test with a piece of latex glove was negative in all subjects. Three healthcare workers had positive patch test with thiuram-mix, one of them had also positive patch test with mercaptobenzothiazole.Discussion: One of the risk factors for latex allergy is occupations involving frequent exposure to latex products. Latex allergy should be taken into consideration if type I hypersensitivity reactions occur in occupational groups at risk for anaphylactic reaction.

  3. Neurologic abnormalities in workers of a 1-bromopropane factory. (United States)

    Ichihara, Gaku; Li, Weihua; Shibata, Eiji; Ding, Xuncheng; Wang, Hailan; Liang, Yideng; Peng, Simeng; Itohara, Seiichiro; Kamijima, Michihiro; Fan, Qiyuan; Zhang, Yunhui; Zhong, Enhong; Wu, Xiaoyun; Valentine, William M; Takeuchi, Yasuhiro


    We reported recently that 1-bromopropane (1-BP; n-propylbromide, CAS Registry no. 106-94-5), an alternative to ozone-depleting solvents, is neurotoxic and exhibits reproductive toxicity in rats. The four most recent case reports suggested possible neurotoxicity of 1-BP in workers. The aim of the present study was to establish the neurologic effects of 1-BP in workers and examine the relationship with exposure levels. We surveyed 27 female workers in a 1-BP production factory and compared 23 of them with 23 age-matched workers in a beer factory as controls. The workers were interviewed and examined by neurologic, electrophysiologic, hematologic, biochemical, neurobehavioral, and postural sway tests. 1-BP exposure levels were estimated with passive samplers. Tests with a tuning fork showed diminished vibration sensation of the foot in 15 workers exposed to 1-BP but in none of the controls. 1-BP factory workers showed significantly longer distal latency in the tibial nerve than did the controls but no significant changes in motor nerve conduction velocity. Workers also displayed lower values in sensory nerve conduction velocity in the sural nerve, backward recalled digits, Benton visual memory test scores, pursuit aiming test scores, and five items of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) test (tension, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and confusion) compared with controls matched for age and education. Workers hired after May 1999, who were exposed to 1-BP only (workers hired before 1999 could have also been exposed to 2-BP), showed similar changes in vibration sense, distal latency, Benton test scores, and depression and fatigue in the POMS test. Time-weighted average exposure levels in the workers were 0.34-49.19 ppm. Exposure to 1-BP could adversely affect peripheral nerves or/and the central nervous system.

  4. Sustained employability of workers in a production environment: design of a stepped wedge trial to evaluate effectiveness and cost-benefit of the POSE program

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    van Holland Berry J


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sustained employability and health are generating awareness of employers in an aging and more complex work force. To meet these needs, employers may offer their employees health surveillance programs, to increase opportunities to work on health and sustained employability. However, evidence for these health surveillance programs is lacking. The FLESH study (Functional Labour Evaluation for Sustained Health and employment was developed to evaluate a comprehensive workers’ health promotion program on its effectiveness, cost-benefit, and process of the intervention. Methods The study is designed as a cluster randomised stepped wedge trial with randomisation at company plant level and is carried out in a large meat processing company. Every contracted employee is offered the opportunity to participate in the POSE program (Promotion Of Sustained Employability. The main goals of the POSE program are 1 providing employee’s insight into their current employability and health status, 2 offering opportunities to improve employability and decrease health risks and 3 improving employability and health sustainably in order to keep them healthy at work. The program consists of a broad assessment followed by a counselling session and, if needed, a tailored intervention. Measurements will be performed at baseline and will be followed up at 20, 40, 60, 80, 106 and 132 weeks. The primary outcome measures are work ability, productivity and absenteeism. Secondary outcomes include health status, vitality, and psychosocial workload. A cost-benefit study will be conducted from the employers’ perspective. A process evaluation will be conducted and the satisfaction of employer and employees with the program will be assessed. Discussion This study provides information on the effectiveness of the POSE program on sustained employment. When the program proves to be effective, employees benefit by improved work ability, and health. Employers benefit

  5. The Removal of 4-Chlorophenol and Dichloroacetic Acid in Water Using Ti-, Zr- and Ti/Zr-Pillared Bentonites as Photocatalyst

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    Mohamed Houari


    Full Text Available Heterogeneous photocatalysis could be alternative remediation technology for water since it does not need the addition of any chemicals and it is suitable for treating low concentrations of pollutant. Although the TiO2 Degussa P 25 is most used photocatalyst its photonic efficiency still low and its recovery from water is considered as an awkward process. In this study the effect of zirconium addition to titanium was investigated. Ti/Zr-pillared montmorillonites have been prepared from natural bentonite and characterized by UV-Vis DRS and X-ray diffraction. The photocatalytic activities have been tested for the removal of 4-chlorophenol and dichloroacetic acid in water. The influence of preparation conditions and the calculation method, on these activities has been investigated. It was found that the photocatalytic activities increase by the addition of zirconium in pillorying process and the calculation by Microwaves (MW improves the photocatalytic activities

  6. Reestruturação produtiva e condições de trabalho: percepções dos trabalhadores Productive restructuring in the automotive industry in São Paulo: worker's perceptions of changes in work condition

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    Maria Rosa Lombardi


    Full Text Available Após a introdução de modificações no sistema produtivo e na forma de gestão pessoal implementada nas três empresas de autopeças pesquisadas, os trabalhadores avaliam que houveram ganhos, mas, também, que passaram a estar sujeitos a maiores pressões mentais e físicas. Os ganhos provêm, principalmente, da introdução de inovações tecnológicas que tornaram o trabalho mais leve e fácil. O aumento das pressões derivam da intensificação do ritmo de trabalho, que tem aumentado os casos de LER, e da operalização da questão da multifuncionalidade. Homens e mulheres avaliaram diferentemente os efeitos da multifuncionalidade no seu trabalho na fábrica. É possível que, quando as mulheres afirmam que "nada mudou" no seu trabalho após a introdução da multifuncionalidade, elas estejam tomando como referência o espaço doméstico, onde lhes é "natural" o desempenho de múltiplas tarefas, às quais sempre podem ser acrescentadas mais algumas.Workers indicate that changes in the production system and in management techniques in three auto parts firms have brought some improvements but also resulted in greater mental and physical pressure. Improvements have arisen mainly with the introduction of technological innovations which have eased and simplified work. Increased pressure has derived from the intensification of the pace of work, which has resulted in increased cases of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI and the introduction of polyvalence. Male and female workers evaluated the effects of polyvalence in different ways. When women affirm that "nothing has changed" in their work with the introduction of polyvalence, it is possible that they are using the domestic sphere as their point of reference, where it is "natural" for them to perform a variety of activities simultaneously, to which additional tasks can always be added.

  7. Blessings on the Food, Blessings on the Workers: Arts-Based Education for Migrant Worker Justice (United States)

    Barndt, Deborah


    Migrant agricultural workers are not only on the margins of Canadian and global food systems; they are also on the margins of public consciousness about the labour behind the food we eat. Even local food movement groups who advocate for both social justice and sustainable food production have not made migrant labour a priority concern. Popular…

  8. Immigrants and Native Workers

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    Foged, Mette; Peri, Giovanni

    Using a database that includes the universe of individuals and establishments in Denmark over the period 1991-2008 we analyze the effect of a large inflow of non-European (EU) immigrants on Danish workers. We first identify a sharp and sustained supply-driven increase in the inflow of non......-EU immigrants in Denmark, beginning in 1995 and driven by a sequence of international events such as the Bosnian, Somalian and Iraqi crises. We then look at the response of occupational complexity, job upgrading and downgrading, wage and employment of natives in the short and long run. We find...... that the increased supply of non-EU low skilled immigrants pushed native workers to pursue more complex occupations. This reallocation happened mainly through movement across firms. Immigration increased mobility of natives across firms and across municipalities but it did not increase their probability...

  9. Exposure scenarios for workers. (United States)

    Marquart, Hans; Northage, Christine; Money, Chris


    The new European chemicals legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) requires the development of Exposure Scenarios describing the conditions and risk management measures needed for the safe use of chemicals. Such Exposure Scenarios should integrate considerations of both human health and the environment. Specific aspects are relevant for worker exposure. Gathering information on the uses of the chemical is an important step in developing an Exposure Scenario. In-house information at manufacturers is an important source. Downstream users can contribute information through direct contact or through their associations. Relatively simple approaches (Tier 1 tools, such as the ECETOC Targeted Risk Assessment and the model EASE) can be used to develop broad Exposure Scenarios that cover many use situations. These approaches rely on the categorisation of just a few determinants, including only a small number of risk management measures. Such approaches have a limited discriminatory power and are rather conservative. When the hazard of the substance or the complexity of the exposure situation require a more in-depth approach, further development of the Exposure Scenarios with Tier 2 approaches is needed. Measured data sets of worker exposure are very valuable in a Tier 2 approach. Some downstream user associations have attempted to build Exposure Scenarios based on measured data sets. Generic Tier 2 tools for developing Exposure Scenarios do not exist yet. To enable efficient development of the worker exposure part of Exposure Scenarios a further development of Tier 1 and Tier 2 tools is needed. Special attention should be given to user friendliness and to the validity (boundaries) of the approaches. The development of standard worker exposure descriptions or full Exposure Scenarios by downstream user branches in cooperation with manufacturers and importers is recommended.

  10. Photocatalytic activity of V doped ZnO nanoparticles thin films for the removal of 2- chlorophenol from the aquatic environment under natural sunlight exposure. (United States)

    Salah, Numan; Hameed, A; Aslam, M; Babkair, Saeed S; Bahabri, F S


    Vanadium doped ZnO powders were used as precursors to deposit thin films of V(5+) incorporated ZnO nanoparticles on glass substrates by the pulsed laser deposition technique. The observed variations in Raman signals, visible region shift in the diffuse reflectance spectra along with a small shift in the (101) reflections of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the insertion of V(5+) ions in ZnO lattice. No other additional reflection in the XRD results other than ZnO further endorsed the occupation of lattice positions by V entities rather than independent oxide formation. The asymmetric XPS peaks of Zn2p and V2p core levels confirmed the existence of both in the vicinity. The existence of minimal proportion of V(3+) along with V(5+) states varied the alteration of the oxidation states V in the synthetic route. The SEM images at various resolutions displayed the uniform distribution identical nanoparticles without the presence of additional phases in the deposited films. The SEM cross-section measurements revealed the uniform thickness of ∼90 nm of each film, whereas the surface studies of the films were performed by AFM. The as-synthesized films were tested for photocatalytic activity in sunlight illumination for the removal of 2-chlorophenol. The unique feature of the study was the estimation of the photocatalytic activity 20 ppm of 2-chlorophenol by exposing the low exposed area. The degradation of the substrate was measured by liquid phase UV-vis spectroscopy, whereas total organic carbon measurement revealed the mineralization of the substrate. The released Cl(-) ions were also measured by ion chromatography. The estimated flatband potentials and pHzpc values of the V doped materials, by Mott-Schottky analysis and zeta potential measurements respectively, were correlated with the photocatalytic activity. The kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation/mineralization process was estimated and results were correlated with the plausible mechanism.

  11. 劳动密集型企业一线员工流失的原因与对策%Causes and Countermeasures of Loss of Worker at Production Line in Labour-Intensive Enterprises

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    近几年来,人力资源的供给与需求之间的矛盾日益突出,特别是劳动密集型企业一线员工稳定性差,流动性大,且员工队伍参差不齐,低学历比重大,直接影响企业生产经营活动的正常进行,劳动密集型企业有必要构建员工与企业共享发展成果机制,强化对一线员工的培训与学历提升,建立转岗轮岗制度,实现工作丰富化,提供具有竞争性的工资福利待遇以增加对一线员工的吸引力,从而实现企业的可持续发展.%In recent years, contradictions of supply and needs of human resources are increasingly prominent, especially the workers at the production line of labor-intensive enterprise are not stable and turnover rate is large. And the quality of staff is low, which directly influences the normal run of enterprise's production and business. Labor-intensive enterprise is necessary to construct the mechanism of staff-enterprise shared development results, strengthen the training and improvement of staff, establish job transfer and job shift system, implement rich work, offer competitive wages and welfare benefits in order to increase the attractiveness to staff, so as to realize sustainable development of enterprises.

  12. Cataract incidence in the cohort of occupationally exposed workers

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    E. V. Bragin


    Full Text Available Objective: To assess cataract incidence in the cohort of workers occupationally exposed to prolonged radiation. Material and Methods: Cataract incidence was studied in the cohort of workers of the first Russian nuclear enterprise — the Mayak, who were firstly employed at one of the main facilities (reactors, radiochemical and plutonium production plants in 1948‑1958 and followed up to the end of 2008 (12210 persons. Total of 3100 cataract cases were registered in the study cohort. All cataract cases were reviewed and verified by experts; the study included only confirmed senile cataracts. All workers of the study cohort were exposed to external gamma-rays; mean cumulative dose from external gamma-rays was 0.91±0.01 Gy in males and 0.65±0.01 Gy in females. Statistical analysis provided non-standardized and standardized incidence rates per 100 000 workers. Standardization by sex and age was performed by indirect method using internal reference.Results: 2523 cases of senile cataract were included in the study. Mean age of cataract diagnosis was 62.88±0.26 years in males and 64.88±0.28 years in females. Standardized incidence rates of cataract in females were significantly higher as compared to males and increased with workers age. Comparison between the subcohorts of workers with / without diagnosed cataracts demonstrated that among workers with cataracts the proportions of the following groups of workers were significantly higher: workers employed before 1954; workers employed at reactors; smoking workers; workers with the smoking index exceeding 20 pack*years; workers who consumed alcohol; workers with excessive body weight; workers with glaucoma and arterial hypertension. Moreover the mean cumulative dose from external gamma-rays and / or neutron exposure was significantly higher in the subcohort of workers diagnosed with cataracts than that in the subcohort of workers free of the disease. The highest cataract incidence

  13. Neurologic Abnormalities in Workers of a 1-Bromopropane Factory



    We reported recently that 1-bromopropane (1-BP; n-propylbromide, CAS Registry no. 106-94-5), an alternative to ozone-depleting solvents, is neurotoxic and exhibits reproductive toxicity in rats. The four most recent case reports suggested possible neurotoxicity of 1-BP in workers. The aim of the present study was to establish the neurologic effects of 1-BP in workers and examine the relationship with exposure levels. We surveyed 27 female workers in a 1-BP production factory and compared 23 o...

  14. Carbon monoxide exposure in blast furnace workers. (United States)

    Lewis, S; Mason, C; Srna, J


    This study investigated the occupational exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) of a group of blast furnace workers from an integrated steelworks, compared to a control group having no significant occupational CO exposure from other areas in the same works. The study was undertaken in 1984 at Port Kembla, New South Wales. Carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) levels before and after an eight-hour work shift were measured in 98 male steelworkers: 52 from two CO-exposed iron blast furnaces and 46 controls from production areas in the same steelworks. The sample was stratified by smoking habits. Environmental air CO levels had been found to be consistently higher on one furnace than on the other. Absorption of CO from the working environment occurred in workers on the blast furnace with higher CO levels, regardless of smoking habits. On this blast furnace, some readings of COHb levels after a workshift in nonsmokers approached the proposed Australian occupational limit of 5 per cent COHb saturation. Overall, workers with the highest occupational exposure who smoked most heavily had the highest absorption of CO over a work shift. Biological monitoring gives an accurate measure of individual worker 'dose' of CO from all sources. Both environmental monitoring and biological monitoring need to be included as part of a program for controlling occupational CO exposure.

  15. Worker exposure standard for phosphine gas. (United States)

    Pepelko, Bill; Seckar, Joel; Harp, Paul R; Kim, James H; Gray, David; Anderson, Elizabeth L


    The 1998 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) re-registration eligibility decision (RED) for phosphine fumigants has generated much interest in defining safe levels of exposure for workers and worker bystanders. This report summarizes the pertinent literature on phosphine toxicity, including animal inhalation studies and human epidemiology studies, and also describes a margin-of-exposure (MOE) analysis based on available worker exposure data. In addition, a safe occupational exposure limit is estimated using typical OPP assumptions, after determination of appropriate uncertainty factors, based on quality of data in the principal study and pharmacokinetic considerations. While a conservative 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 0.1 ppm was calculated, the overall weight of evidence, from a risk-management perspective, supports a conclusion that an occupational TWA of 0.3 ppm provides adequate health protection. In addition, a 15-minute short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 3 ppm was estimated. Finally, in contrast to the MOE analysis described in the OPP's phosphine RED, the MOE analysis described herein does not indicate that fumigation workers are currently being exposed to unacceptable levels of phosphine. Collectively, these findings support the occupational exposure limits of 0.3 ppm (8-hour TWA) and 1 ppm (STEL) established in the updated applicator's manuals for phosphine-generating products, which recently received approval from OPP.

  16. Noise, Worker Perception, and Worker Concentration in Timber Harvesting Activity


    Efi Yuliati Yovi; Suryaningsih Suryaningsih


    Timber harvesting activities are unquestionably related with high risk of work accidents and health disorders.Such activities were not only burdened the workers with heavy physical workloads due to uneasy workingenvironment, and massive work materials and tools, but also physiopsychologically burdened workers as theywere imposed with both mechanical and acoustic vibrations (noise) produced by the chainsaw. However,  it is acommon practice that most of the workers still ignored the importance ...

  17. Heat stress assessment among workers in a Nicaraguan sugarcane farm


    Cortez, Orlando Delgado


    Background: Heat illness is a major cause of preventable morbidity worldwide. Workers exposed to intense heat can become unable to activate compensation mechanisms, putting their health at risk. Heat stress also has a direct impact on production by causing poor task performance and it increases the possibility of workrelated morbidity and injuries. During the sugarcane harvest period, workers are exposed to excessive sunlight and heat from approximately 6 am to 3 pm. A first assessment of hea...

  18. Workers' compensation law: an overview. (United States)

    Yorker, B


    1. The workers' compensation system provides benefits to workers who are injured or made ill in the course of employment or their dependents regardless of fault. 2. The current workers' compensation laws benefit both the employer and the employee; however, workers' compensation is an exclusive remedy which bars recovery through a negligence lawsuit. 3. Workers' compensation regulations interact with other federal statutes such as the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. 4. Workers' compensation covers occupational injuries and occupational diseases, which may include cumulative trauma and mental stress claims. Nurses may be instrumental in evaluating and planning for an injured employee's return to work and occasionally in detecting fraudulent claims.

  19. China's Migrant Workers' Social Security

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    Zhang Sifeng; Zhang Wenxue; Wang Lijian; Zhang Li


    Based on the definition of migrant workers and migrant workers'social security,systems,policies and regulations and status quo of specific safeguard project of social security have been analyzed.Authors draw following conclusions: China's social security systems of migrant workers show diversification and differentiation trend; national-level policies take on diversification and local-level regulations take on differentiation; social welfare and social assistance have deficiency; coverage rate of social insurance items is extremely low.

  20. Structural and antimicrobial studies of coordination compounds of VO(II, Co(II, Ni(II and Cu(II with some Schiff bases involving 2-amino-4-chlorophenol

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    A. P. MISHRA


    Full Text Available Complexes of tailor-made ligands with life essential metal ions may be an emerging area to answer the problem of multi-drug resistance (MDR. The coordination complexes of VO(II, Co(II, Ni(II and Cu(II with the Schiff bases derived from 2-hydroxyacetophenone/2-chlorobenzaldehyde with 2-ami¬no-4-chlorophenol were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, electronic spectra, FT-IR, ESR, FAB mass, thermal and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The FAB mass and thermal data show degradation of the complexes. The ligand A (2-hydroxyacetophenone-2amino-4-chlorophenol behaved as tridentate and ligand B (2-chlorobenzylidene-2-amino-4-chlorophenol as bidentate, coordinating through O and N donors. The complexes [VO(A(H2O]×xH2O, [M(A(H2On]×xH2O for Co and Ni, [Cu(A(H2O] and [VO(B2]×xH2O, [M(B2(H2On] for Co and Cu and [Ni(B2] exhibited coordination numbers 4, 5 or 6. X-ray powder diffraction data (a = 11.00417 Å, b = 11.706081 Å and c = 54.46780 Å showed that [Cu(CACP2(H2O2], complex 8, crystallized in the orthorhombic system. The in vitro biological screening effects of the investigated compounds were tested against the bacteria Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus fecalis and the fungi Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma polysporum and Candida albicans by the serial dilution method. A comparative study of the MIC values of the Schiff base and their [M(B2(H2O2] complexes (Co(II, complex 6 and Cu(II, complex 8, indicated that the metal complexes exhibited a higher or lower antimicrobial activity than 2-chlorobenzylidene-2-amino-4-chlorophenol as the free ligand (B.

  1. Radiological worker training

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    This Handbook describes an implementation process for core training as recommended in Implementation Guide G441.12, Radiation Safety Training, and as outlined in the DOE Radiological Control Standard (RCS). The Handbook is meant to assist those individuals within the Department of Energy, Managing and Operating contractors, and Managing and Integrating contractors identified as having responsibility for implementing core training recommended by the RCS. This training is intended for radiological workers to assist in meeting their job-specific training requirements of 10 CFR 835. While this Handbook addresses many requirements of 10 CFR 835 Subpart J, it must be supplemented with facility-specific information to achieve full compliance.

  2. On the Educational Training of Production Line Workers in Power Enterprise%电力企业一线员工教育培训工作之我见

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    齐素华; 梁国玲


    随着社会科学技术的进步,企业之间的竞争逐渐转化为人才竞争。电力企业既是资金密集型企业,又是技术密集型企业,是关系国计民生的基础性产业。电力企业的发展离不开一支高素质的人才队伍,而培训作为人力资源开发的重要工具,在企业发展中的作用越来越重要。本文对电力企业生产一线员工教育培训工作的特点及存在的问题进行了介绍分析,提出了提升企业员工培训效果的途径,使之更好地服务于企业发展。%Along with the social development of science and technology, the competition between enterprises has gradually transferred into talent competition. Electric power enterprise is both capital intensive and technology intensive business and as a basic industry, it concerns the national economy and people's livelihood. The electric power enterprises can't develop without a high-quality talent team. So training, as the important tool of human resource development, is playing an increasingly important role in enterprises. This article introduces and analyzes the problems in the educational training of the production line workers of power enterprises, proposes approaches to improve the training effect so as to better serve the enterprise.

  3. Simultaneous derivatization and extraction of chlorophenols in water samples with up-and-down shaker-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction coupled with gas chromatography/mass spectrometric detection. (United States)

    Wang, Ke-Deng; Chen, Pai-Shan; Huang, Shang-Da


    A new up-and-down shaker-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UDSA-DLLME) for extraction and derivatization of five chlorophenols (4-chlorophenol, 4-chloro-2-methylphenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichloro-phenol, and pentachlorophenol) has been developed. The method requires minimal solvent usage. The relatively polar, water-soluble, and low-toxicity solvent 1-heptanol (12 μL) was selected as the extraction solvent and acetic anhydride (50 μL) as the derivatization reagent. With the use of an up-and-down shaker, the emulsification of aqueous samples was formed homogeneously and quickly. The derivatization and extraction of chlorophenols were completed simultaneously in 1 min. The common requirement of disperser solvent in DLLME could be avoided. After optimization, the linear range covered over two orders of magnitude, and the coefficient of determination (r (2)) was greater than 0.9981. The detection limit was from 0.05 to 0.2 μg L(-1), and the relative standard deviation was from 4.6 to 10.8 %. Real samples of river water and lake water had relative recoveries from 90.3 to 117.3 %. Other emulsification methods such as vortex-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, and manual shaking-enhanced ultrasound-assisted methods were also compared with the proposed UDSA-DLLME. The results revealed that UDSA-DLLME performed with higher extraction efficiency and precision compared with the other methods.

  4. A Comparison of Workers Employed in Hazardous Jobs in Terms of Job Satisfaction, Perceived Job Risk and Stress: Turkish Jean Sandblasting Workers, Dock Workers, Factory Workers and Miners (United States)

    Sunal, Ayda Buyuksahin; Sunal, Onur; Yasin, Fatma


    The purpose of this study is to compare job satisfaction, perception of job risk, stress symptoms and vulnerability to stress of miners, dock workers, jean sandblasting workers and factory workers. A job satisfaction scale and stress audit scale were applied to 220 workers. Results revealed that dock and jean sandblasting workers perceived their…

  5. [Tuberculosis in healthcare workers]. (United States)

    Nienhaus, A


    Perception and knowledge of the TB-infection risk in healthcare workers (HCWs) changed profoundly in Germany during the past few years. Molecular-epidemiological studies and a comprehensive review of the existing evidence concerning the infection risk for HCWs lead to the conclusion that TB in HCWs is often caused by infection at the workplace. In the Hamburg Fingerprint Study, 80 % of the TB cases in HCWs were caused by infections at the workplace. In a similar Dutch study 43 % of all cases were work-related. Besides of the well-known risks in TB wards and laboratories, an increased risk for infection should be assumed for paramedics, in emergency rooms, for HCWs caring for the elderly or for workers with close contact to high-risk groups (homeless people, i. v. drug users, migrants from high-incidence countries). TB in a HCW working in these fields can be recognised as an occupational disease (OD) without identifying a particular source of infection. For all other HCWs, the German occupational disease law requires the identification of a source case before TB in an HCW can be accepted as an OD. Even though the proportion of work-related TB in HCWs is higher than was assumed before previously, the prevalence of latent TB infection (LTBI) is lower than expected. In an ongoing evaluation study of the interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) LTBI prevalence in HCWs is 10 %. Prevention strategies in Germany should be reconsidered in the light of these new findings.

  6. Remuneration Difference between Migrant Workers and Non-migrant Workers

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    Changlin; DUAN; Huawei; LUO


    Through the survey of direct economic remuneration, indirect economic remuneration and non-economic remuneration of employees in flat panel furniture enterprises in Chengdu City, we conduct a comparative analysis of the problems and causes of remuneration difference between migrant workers and non-migrant workers. The results show that the wage difference between migrant workers and non-migrant workers is the biggest, and there is little difference in terms of interests safeguarding and non-economic factors. The reason for the above results lies in the difference of education level; gender, region, household registration and other issues have little impact on the above results. The following recommendations are put forward to improve the remuneration of migrant workers: increasing government’s policy advocacy efforts and eliminating subjective offense; establishing the administrative oversight bodies and effectively safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of migrant workers; strengthening vocational training for migrant workers, so that workers have more choices on positions; improving the working environment and developing good working atmosphere.

  7. 75 FR 26794 - International Paper Company Franklin Pulp & Paper Mill Including On-Site Leased Workers From... (United States)


    ...] International Paper Company Franklin Pulp & Paper Mill Including On-Site Leased Workers From Railserve, Franklin..., 2009, applicable to workers of International Paper Company, Franklin Pulp & Paper Mill, Franklin... workers are engaged in the production of uncoated freesheet paper and coated paperboard. The...

  8. 77 FR 14832 - RR Donnelley, Inc., Including On-Site Leased Workers From Manpower and Kelly Services, Bloomsburg... (United States)


    ... of the negative determination regarding workers' eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance... 9973). The workers engage in activities related to the production of hard and soft cover books. The... and soft cover books or a shift to/ acquisition from a foreign country by the workers' firm in...

  9. 78 FR 42805 - HarperCollins Publishers Distribution Operations Including On-Site Leased Workers From Action... (United States)


    ... Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974... workers of the subject firm. The workers were engaged in production of books. The state reports that... Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.'' Signed in Washington, DC this 2nd day...

  10. 75 FR 69471 - Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Containerboard Mill, Including On-Site Leased Workers From... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Containerboard Mill, Including On... for Worker Adjustment Assistance on May 6, 2010, applicable to workers of Smurfit-Stone Container... corrugated medium used in the production of corrugated containers. The company reports that workers...

  11. Interstitial pulmonary disorders in indium-processing workers. (United States)

    Chonan, T; Taguchi, O; Omae, K


    The production of indium-tin oxide has increased, owing to the increased manufacture of liquid-crystal panels. It has been reported that interstitial pneumonia occurred in two indium-processing workers; therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate whether interstitial pulmonary disorders were prevalent among indium workers. The study was carried out in 108 male workers in the indium plant where the two interstitial pneumonia patients mentioned above were employed, and included high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the lungs, pulmonary function tests and analysis of serum sialylated carbohydrate antigen KL-6 and the serum indium concentration. Significant interstitial changes were observed in 23 indium workers on HRCT and serum KL-6 was abnormally high (>500 U x mL(-1)) in 40 workers. Workers with serum indium concentrations in the highest quartile had significantly longer exposure periods, greater HRCT changes, lower diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide and higher KL-6 levels compared with those in the lowest quartile. The serum indium concentration was positively correlated with the KL-6 level and with the degree of HRCT changes. In conclusion, the results of the present study indicated that serum KL-6 and high-resolution computed tomography abnormalities were prevalent among indium workers and that these abnormalities increased with the indium burden, suggesting that inhaled indium could be a potential cause of occupational lung disease.

  12. The work ability index and functional capacity among older workers

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    Rosimeire S. Padula


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Decreases in functional ability due to aging can impair work capacity and productivity among older workers. OBJECTIVE: This study compares the sociodemographics, health conditions, and physical functioning abilities of young and old workers as well as correlates of physical functioning capacity with the work ability index (WAI. METHOD: This exploratory, cross-sectional study examined employees of a higher education institution (HEI and those of a metallurgical industry. Older workers (50 years old or above were matched for gender and occupation type with younger workers (less than 50 years old. The following evaluations were applied: the multidimensional assessment questionnaire (which included sociodemographic, clinical, health perception, and physical health indices, the WAI, and a battery of physical functional tests. RESULTS: Diseases and regularly used medications were more common among the group of aging workers. The WAI did not differ between groups (p=0.237. Both groups showed similar physical functional capacity performances with regard to walking speed, muscle strength, and lower limb physical functioning. Aging workers showed a poorer performance on a test of right-leg support (p=0.004. The WAI was moderately correlated with the sit-to-stand test among older female workers (r=0.573, p=0.051. CONCLUSIONS: Unfavorable general health conditions did not affect the assessment of work ability or most of the tests of physical functional capacity in the aging group.


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    Full Text Available Due to the expansion of crop productions there has been an increase in the fertilizers’ use by farmers in Malaysia. Recently Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAP is gaining attention within agricultural sector. The Department of Agriculture facilitates regular delivery of SAP knowledge to farmers through extension workers. However extension workers’ perceptions and knowledge on SAP is not known well in Malaysia. A survey of extension workers was conducted in peninsular Malaysia to identify their perceptions and knowledge about SAP and determine the extent to which extension workers communicate SAP to the farmers. A descriptive research design was used to collect data from 400 extension workers. Results suggest extension workers’ perceptions and knowledge of SAP are favorable. Extension workers indicated that they communicate SAP information to the farmers. Further investigation from farmers’ perspectives is required to discover to what extent extension plays significant role in promoting adoption of the program.


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    Sônia Maria Guedes Gondim


    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Creativity and innovation are now required given the new configurations in work processes, in organizational formats, in physical and intangible technologies, as well as in products and markets. In parallel with the growing centrality and interest in the phenomena of creativity and innovation, a broadening of its concepts is observed. The inflation and trivialization of uses tend to make them self-explanatory and not very enlightening regarding situations to which they apply and the associated effects. The lack of conceptual clarity thus contributes both to undermining policies to promote creativity and innovation in organizations, as well as to hinder the employees' adherence to such policies. The study aimed to characterize the key elements of workers' informal definitions of creativity and innovation, and identify their alignment with definitions and theoretical perspectives. The study included 231 workers from Portuguese-, Spanish-, and Basque-speaking countries, aged 22-75 years. The qualitative data analysis software ATLAS.ti 7 was used for coding and categorization. One point of convergence with the specialized literature was that creativity and innovation strongly associated with novelty in the development of an idea / product / process / service. Creativity, however, is defined more in terms of dispositional factors rather than contextual and situational factors, diverging from current theoretical perspectives. Planning as a key aspect for organizational innovation development is practically absent from the workers' definitions. It discusses some impacts of these settings for organizational management practices.

  15. Inhalation and dermal exposure among asphalt paving workers. (United States)

    McClean, M D; Rinehart, R D; Ngo, L; Eisen, E A; Kelsey, K T; Herrick, R F


    The primary objective of this study was to identify determinants of inhalation and dermal exposure to polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) among asphalt paving workers. The study population included three groups of highway construction workers: 20 asphalt paving workers, as well as 12 millers and 6 roadside construction workers who did not work with hot-mix asphalt. During multiple consecutive work shifts, personal air samples were collected from each worker's breathing zone using a Teflon filter and cassette holder connected in series with an XAD-2 sorbent tube, while dermal patch samples were collected from the underside of each worker's wrist. All exposure samples were analyzed for PACs, pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene. Inhalation and dermal PAC exposures were highest among asphalt paving workers. Among paving workers, inhalation and dermal PAC exposures varied significantly by task, crew, recycled asphalt product (RAP) and work rate (inhalation only). Asphalt mix containing high RAP was associated with a 5-fold increase in inhalation PAC exposures and a 2-fold increase in dermal PAC exposure, compared with low RAP mix. The inhalation PAC exposures were consistent with the workers' proximity to the primary source of asphalt fume (paver operators > screedmen > rakers > roller operators), such that the adjusted mean exposures among paver operators (5.0 microg/m3, low RAP; 24 microg/m3, high RAP) were 12 times higher than among roller operators (0.4 microg/m3, low RAP; 2.0 microg/m3, high RAP). The dermal PAC exposures were consistent with the degree to which the workers have actual contact with asphalt-contaminated surfaces (rakers > screedmen > paver operators > roller operators), such that the adjusted mean exposures among rakers (175 ng/cm2, low RAP; 417 ng/cm2, high RAP) were approximately 6 times higher than among roller operators (27 ng/cm2, low RAP; 65 ng/cm2, high RAP). Paving task, RAP content and crew were also found to be significant determinants of

  16. Allergy to latex in health workers

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    Fajardo-Zapata, Álvaro L.


    Full Text Available Introduction: A common and growing problem in hospitals is hypersensitivity to rubber latex antigens, since many products, including gloves, are manufactured from this material, with the consequent possibility of producing allergy in persons who use them. Objective: To find out if health workers at a fourth level clinic in Bogotá, Colombia, are allergic to rubber latex, in relation to the use of gloves. Materials and methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional study of a non-probabilistic intentional-type sample in each one of four hospital units. A survey was applied to participants. Results: 16 of the 26 persons (61.5% with history of allergic processes manifested some kind of reaction when they had contact with latex gloves; the problem was more significant in the nursing personnel compared to physicians. Conclusions: The exposure to latex gloves may be generating the appearance of allergic occupational disease in health workers.

  17. Workers' Education Methods and Techniques for Rural Workers and Their Organisations: Summary of Views Expressed (United States)

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    Several issues concerning rural workers' organizations and workers' education are discussed: motivation for self-organization, workers' education needs of rural workers, workers' education methods and techniques, training institutions and training personnel, financial resources, and the role of the International Labor Organization workers'…

  18. Economic Globalization and Workers: introduction

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    E-J. Visser (Evert-Jan); M.P. van Dijk (Meine Pieter)


    textabstractThis dossier deals with the impact of economic globalisation on workers, especially in developing nations: their employment opportunities, wage income, job security and other aspects of decent work (ILO 1999, 2002). This is a highly relevant theme. Not only do workers in the EU, the Unit

  19. Workers' Education and the ILO (United States)

    Guigui, Albert


    In its concern to eliminate the imbalance between social and economic development, the International Labour Organisation has two objectives in its workers' education activities: to help workers protect themselves against the harmful effects of our technological society; and to strengthen their ability to discharge their social responsibilities.…

  20. Contact dermatitis in Alstroemeria workers. (United States)

    van der Mei, I A; de Boer, E M; Bruynzeel, D P


    Hand dermatitis is common in workers in the horticultural industry. This study determined the prevalence of hand dermatitis in workers of Alstroemeria cultivation, investigated how many workers had been sensitized by tulipalin A (the allergen in Alstroemeria) and took stock of a wide range of determinants of hand dermatitis. The 12-month period prevalence of major hand dermatitis amounted to 29.5% whereas 7.4% had minor dermatitis. Of these workers, 52.1% were sensitized for tulipalin A. Several personal and work-related determinants played a role in the multifactorial aetiology of hand dermatitis. Factors which showed a significant relationship with major hand dermatitis were: female sex, atopic dermatitis, chapped hands and the frequency of washing hands. It may be concluded that the Alstroemeria workers are a population at risk of developing contact dermatitis and it might be useful to carry out an educational campaign to lower the high prevalence.

  1. Performance/design criteria review advanced worker protection systems. Topical report

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of defining the magnitude and diversity of Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) obligations at its numerous sites. Several technologies are being investigated which can potentially reduce D&D costs while providing appropriate protection to DOE workers. The DOE recognizes that traditional methods used by the EPA in hazardous waste site clean up activities are insufficient to provide the needed protection and worker productivity demanded by DOE D&D programs. As a consequence, new clothing and equipment which can adequately protect workers while providing increases in worker productivity are being sought for implementation at DOE sites. This document describes an Advanced Worker Protection System (AWPS). The AWPS is built around a life support backpack that uses liquid air to provide cooling as well as breathing gas to the worker. The backpack will be combined with a variety of articles of protective clothing and support equipment.

  2. Worker laying in leafcutter ant Acromyrmex subterraneus brunneus (Formicidae, Attini)

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    We studied the process of offspring production in queenless colonies of Acromyrmex subterraneus brunneus, and particularly evaluated the ovary development of workers as a function of their age. For this, subcolonies were set up and evaluated at different periods of isolation from the queen (2, 4 and 6 months), besides individually labeled age groups. The subcolonies were assessed according to offspring production and ovaries containing oocytes or not. The evaluations showed worker oviposition and development of males originating from worker-laid eggs. At 2 months' absence ofthe queen, eggs and larvae were found, with eggs in a higher proportion than larvae. After 4 months, the proportion of eggs had reduced while larvae had increased, and a pupa was found in one subcolony. At 6 months, besides a higher share of larvae, one pupa and one adult male were found. Dissection of workers revealed ovaries containing oocytes during the periods of evaluation. Only a group of medium-sized and large workers, 23.3%, 20.9% and 37.5% of the population from each period assessed in queenless subcolonies respectively, presented developed oocytes in the ovary. The same was observed in colonies with a queen, with 17.6%, 19.6% and 7.8% of the group of dissected workers from each time period, respectively. With respect to worker age, we observed by dissection of the ovary, that the greatest percentage of individuals with ovarioles containing oocytes occurred at 45 days (6 weeks) up to 90 days (12 weeks). These results probably are associated with the workers reproduction and the laying of trophic and reproductive eggs in colonies with and without a queen; these eggs have distinct functions in each situation.

  3. Occult exposure to asbestos in steel workers revealed by bronchoalveolar lavage

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    Corhay, J.-L.; Delavignette, J.-P.; Bury, T.; Saint-Remy, P.; Radermecker, M.-F. (CHU, Liege (Belgium))

    To investigate the asbestos burden in a steelplant environment, we counted asbestos bodies (ABs) in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of 65 steel workers who had retired during the previous 5 y. They had worked for at least 15 y in the same area of the plant (coke oven or blast furnace) as maintenance or production workers. On the basis of occupational anamnesis, 28 had occasional past professional exposure to asbestos; the remaining 37 workers denied any contact with asbestos. A total of 54 white-collar workers who had no occupational exposure to asbestos were included in the study as controls. An increased prevalence and concentration of ABs was found in the BALF of steel workers. Electron microscopy and EDAX analysis of AB from steel workers revealed that the core fibers were mainly amphiboles. More ABs were found in the BALF of maintenance workers than in production workers. However, the BALF from steel workers who denied any contact with asbestos revealed an increased AB burden v. controls. This demonstrates that steel workers may be subject to an occult exposure to amphiboles in the steelplant environment.

  4. Epidemiologic study of occupational injuries among foreign and native workers in Taiwan. (United States)

    Wu, T N; Liou, S H; Hsu, C C; Chao, S L; Liou, S F; Ko, K N; Yeh, W Y; Chang, P Y


    This study was designed to compare the risk of occupational injuries in foreign workers compared to native workers in Taiwan. The cohort of foreign workers under study was constructed by records of legally registered workers migrated from foreign countries to Taiwan from July 1, 1991 to December 31, 1993. The native Taiwanese workers for comparison were labor-insured workers working in the same industries as foreign workers in 1992. The number of occupational injuries in the first year of employment were obtained by matching the cohort of foreign workers with the labor insurance payment records by name, birth date and passport number. The 1-year incidence rate of occupational injuries in the first year of employment was calculated and a standardized morbidity ratio (SMR) was used for comparison with adjustment for age distribution and to accommodate the small sample size of foreign workers. The risk to occupational injuries among total (SMR = 0.86) and male (SMR = 0.58) foreign workers was not higher; indeed, it was even lower, than that among native workers in Taiwan. However, the risk to female migrant workers, especially in the construction industry, was significantly higher than that of female Taiwanese workers (SMR = 1.60). Stratified by industry, the incidence was high in the fabricated metal products manufacturing industry and in machinery and equipment manufacturing industry for male foreign workers, while a high incidence for the female foreign workers occurred in construction industry and rubber products manufacturing industry. The risk of occupational injuries was greater for foreign workers who had been in Taiwan for only a short time. Most of the injuries occurred within the first 6 months of employment. Eighty-four out of the 394 occupational injuries among foreign workers resulted in disabilities. None of the accidents was fatal, but most of the disabilities were severe. The most common disabling injuries were cut or crushed fingers. The finding of a

  5. 76 FR 17446 - Wausau Daily Herald Advertising Production Division, a Subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc.; Wausau... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Wausau Daily Herald Advertising Production Division, a Subsidiary of... Adjustment Assistance (TAA) applicable to workers and former workers of Wausau Daily Herald, Advertising... the Federal Register. The workers produce newspaper advertisements. The negative determination...

  6. Studies on the Quantitative Structure-activity Relationship of Toxicity of Chlorophenol Serial Compounds in the ab initio Methods and Substitutive Position of Chlorine Atom (NPCS)

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    ZHENG Qing; WANG Lian-Sheng


    20 Quantum chemical parameters of chlorophenol compounds were fully optimized by using B3LYP method on both 6-31G* and 6-311G* basis sets. These structural parameters are taken as theoretical descriptors, and the experimental data of 20 compounds' aquatic photogen toxicity(-1gEC50) are used to perform stepwise regression in order to obtain two predicted -lgEC50 correlation models whose correlation coefficients R2 are respectively 0.9186 and 0.9567. In addition, parameters of chlorine atom's substitutive positions and their correlations (NPCs) are taken as descriptors to obtain another predicted -1gEC50 model with the correlation coefficient R2 of 0.9444. Correlation degree of each independent variable in the three models is verified by using variance inflation factors (VIF) and t value. In the cross-validation method, cross-validation coefficients q2 of 3 models are respectively 0.8748, 0.9119 and 0.8993, which indicates that the relativity and prediction ability of this model are superior to those of the model obtained by topological and BLYP methods.

  7. Photocatalytic Degradation of 2-Chlorophenol Using Ag-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers and a Near-UV Light-Emitting Diode System

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    Ju-Young Park


    Full Text Available This report investigated the photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol using TiO2 nanofibers and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers, synthesized using the sol-gel and electrospinning techniques, and an ultraviolet light-emitting diode (UV-LED system as a UV light source. The crystallite size of the Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers was smaller than that of the TiO2 nanofibers, because silver retrained phase transformation not only controls the phase transformation but also inhibits the growth of anatase crystallites. The activation energies for the grain growth of the TiO2 nanofibers and the Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers were estimated to be 20.84 and 27.01 kJ/mol, respectively. The photocatalytic degradation rate followed a pseudo-first-order equation. The rate constants (k of the TiO2 nanofibers and the Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers were 0.056 and 0.144 min−1, respectively.

  8. Mechanistic Study of Visible-Light-Induced Photodegradation of 4-Chlorophenol by TiO2−xNx with Low Nitrogen Concentration

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    Guangfeng Shang


    Full Text Available TiO2−x Nx powders with low N-doping concentrations (0.021<<0.049 were prepared by annealing commercial TiO2 (P-25 under an NH3 flow at 550°C. Regardless of UV or visible case, the photoactivities of the samples decreased as x increased, and TiO1.979N0.021 showed the highest activity for the 4-chlorophenol (4-CP decomposition under the visible-light irradiation. The visible-light response for N-doped TiO2 could arise from an N-induced midgap level, formed above the valence band (O 2p. Electron spin resonance (ESR measurements and the radical scavenger technologies gave the combined evidence that the active species (•OH and O2•− are responsible for the photodecomposition of 4-CP over TiO2−xNx under the visible irradiation. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was discussed in detail.

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of p-chlorophenol by hybrid H₂O₂ and TiO₂ in aqueous suspensions under UV irradiation. (United States)

    Nguyen, Anh Thu; Juang, Ruey-Shin


    In this study, TiO2 particles were used as photocatalysts for the degradation of aqueous p-chlorophenol (p-CP) under UV irradiation. The effect of TiO2 dose (0-3 g/L), initial p-CP concentration, H2O2 concentration (2-45 mM), solution pH (4.6-9.5), and UV light intensity on the degradation of p-CP were examined. Four oxidative degradation processes, which utilized UV alone (direct photolysis), H2O2/UV, TiO2/UV, and H2O2/TiO2/UV, were compared in a batch photoreactor with a 100-W high-pressure mercury lamp. The photodegradation of p-CP could be described by the pseudo-first-order kinetics according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. Moreover, the apparent degradation rate constants increased considerably from 3.5 × 10(-)(3) min(-)(1) (direct photolysis) to 19.9 × 10(-)(3) min(-)(1) (H2O2/TiO2/UV system).

  10. Adsorption and biodegradation of 2-chlorophenol by mixed culture using activated carbon as a supporting medium-reactor performance and model verification (United States)

    Lin, Yen-Hui


    A non-steady-state mathematical model system for the kinetics of adsorption and biodegradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) by attached and suspended biomass on activated carbon process was derived. The mechanisms in the model system included 2-CP adsorption by activated carbon, 2-CP mass transport diffusion in biofilm, and biodegradation by attached and suspended biomass. Batch kinetic tests were performed to determine surface diffusivity of 2-CP, adsorption parameters for 2-CP, and biokinetic parameters of biomass. Experiments were conducted using a biological activated carbon (BAC) reactor system with high recycled rate to approximate a completely mixed flow reactor for model verification. Concentration profiles of 2-CP by model predictions indicated that biofilm bioregenerated the activated carbon by lowering the 2-CP concentration at the biofilm-activated carbon interface as the biofilm grew thicker. The removal efficiency of 2-CP by biomass was approximately 98.5% when 2-CP concentration in the influent was around 190.5 mg L-1 at a steady-state condition. The concentration of suspended biomass reached up to about 25.3 mg L-1 while the thickness of attached biomass was estimated to be 636 μm at a steady-state condition by model prediction. The experimental results agree closely with the results of the model predictions.

  11. Two heterometallic-organic frameworks composed of iron(III)-salen-based ligands and d(10) metals: gas sorption and visible-light photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol. (United States)

    Li, Jing; Yang, Jin; Liu, Ying-Ying; Ma, Jian-Fang


    Two examples of heterometallic-organic frameworks (HMOFs) composed of dicarboxyl-functionalized Fe(III)-salen complexes and d(10) metals (Zn, Cd), [Zn2(Fe-L)2(μ2-O)(H2O)2]⋅4 DMF⋅4 H2O (1) and [Cd2(Fe-L)2(μ2-O)(H2O)2]⋅2 DMF⋅H2O (2) (H4L = 1,2-cyclohexanediamino-N,N'-bis(3-methyl-5-carboxysalicylidene), have been synthesized and structurally characterized. In 1 and 2, each square-pyramidal Fe(III) atom is embedded in the [N2O2] pocket of an L(4-) anion, and these units are further bridged by a μ2-O anion to give an (Fe-L)2(μ2-O) dimer. The two carboxylate groups of each L(4-) anion bridge Zn(II) or Cd(II) atoms to afford a 3D porous HMOF. The gas sorption and magnetic properties of 1 and 2 have been studied. Remarkably, 1 and 2 show activity for the photocatalytic degradation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) under visible-light irradiation, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first time that this has been observed for Fe(III)-salen-based HMOFs.

  12. Interviewing media workers

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    Heike Graf


    Full Text Available The focus of this article is on the use of Niklas Luhmann’s systems theoretical approach in order to analyse interviews conducted with media workers concerning their experiences of ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Applying systems theory means constructing the interview as a social system and seeing the “data” as observations produced by the observer and not as representations of a reality. The first part of the article describes the interview methodology and the second part provides examples, from the current study, of how systems theory can be applied in order to analyse interviews. Using a difference-theoretical approach means looking at the distinctions the informants make when talking about their experiences. These main guiding distinctions can be summarised as immigrant background/competence as well as advantage/competence. Using the guiding distinction of inclusion/exclusion when interpreting the interviewees’ statements, the interdependencies of mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in newsrooms related to ethnic background can be examined.

  13. NGO field workers in Pakistan

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    Muhammad Haroon SIDDIQUE


    Full Text Available NGOs came into the society in their present form after World War II and more precisely in 1960s. Before that also different forms of philanthropy existed. Like elsewhere in the world, in Pakistan also state and the market were the two sectors catering for different needs of the people. When foreign funding started coming into the poor countries, the channel of NGOs was considered more appropriate including the fact they had roots in the society and the benefit could reach the far flung areas. NGO field workers are the real actors in the NGOs’ activities but sadly the NGOs those raise the slogans of working for the destitute do not bother to facilitate the NGO field workers. Eventually the NGO field workers are facing problems of job insecurity, poor salary structure, unhealthy working environment and even harassment especially in case of women NGO field workers in Pakistan

  14. Dermatoses among floral shop workers. (United States)

    Thiboutot, D M; Hamory, B H; Marks, J G


    Concern about the increasing incidence of hand dermatitis in floral shop workers in the United States and its possible association to the plant Alstroemeria, a flower that has become popular since its introduction in 1981, prompted investigation of the prevalence and cause of hand dermatitis in a sample of floral workers. Fifty-seven floral workers were surveyed, and 15 (26%) reported hand dermatitis within the previous 12 months. Sixteen floral workers (eight with dermatitis) volunteered to be patch tested to the North American Contact Dermatitis Group Standard and Perfume Trays, a series of eight pesticides and 20 plant allergens. Of four of seven floral designers and arrangers who reported hand dermatitis, three reacted positively to patch tests to tuliposide A, the allergen in Alstroemeria. Patch test readings for all other plant extracts were negative. A positive reading for a test to one pesticide, difolatan (Captafol), was noted, the relevance of which is unknown.

  15. Contingent Faculty as Nonideal Workers (United States)

    Kezar, Adrianna; Bernstein-Sierra, Samantha


    This chapter explores how contingent faculty address the issue of work and family and demonstrates the importance of understanding the diversity of contingent faculty experiences and of underemployment rather than notions of the ideal worker to explain their work lives.

  16. The ILO and Workers' Education (United States)

    Guigui, Albert


    The International Labour Organization is concerned with three types of education: vocational training, management training, and workers' education. The last, which is the focus of the article, is concerned solely with social matters. (MS)

  17. Outplacement for Underserved Women Workers. (United States)

    Freeman, Suzanne C.; Haring-Hidore, Marilyn


    Describes an outplacement program for hourly women workers that assisted participants in identifying skills, interests, and values; identified community resources; taught job hunting skills; and encouraged participation in a support group. (JOW)

  18. Oxidant-antioxidant status and pulmonary function in welding workers. (United States)

    Fidan, Fatma; Unlü, Mehmet; Köken, Tülay; Tetik, Levent; Akgün, Sema; Demirel, Reha; Serteser, Mustafa


    Welding is a process during which fumes, gases, electromagnetic radiation and noise are emitted as by-products. Metal oxide particles are particularly hazardous components of welding fumes. Welding has been found to be associated with respiratory symptoms and our objective in the present study was to study the effects of welding on pulmonary function and serum oxidant-antioxidant status. Fifty-one welding workers and 31 control subjects were recruited. Face to face interviews were conducted using the respiratory illness questionnaire adapted from the American Thoracic Society with the addition of demographic characteristics, work history and working conditions. Additionally physical examinations and spirometric measurements were performed at workplaces. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), protein carbonyls, protein sulfhydryls (SH) and erythrocyte reduced glutathione (GSH) levels were measured to evaluate oxidant-antioxidant status in 34 welding workers and in 20 control subjects. No statistically significant differences were observed in age, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), smoking status and annual working durations between welding workers and controls. Coughing, sputting and wheezing were significantly higher in welding workers (pwelding work showed a significant risk for chronic bronchitis (OR: 4.78, 95%CI: 1.30-17.54). Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV(1))/forced vital capacity (FVC) and four parameters of forced expiratory flow (FEF: FEF(25), FEF(50), FEF(75), FEF(25-75)) levels measured in the welding workers were significantly lower than those in the control group (pwelding workers than those in controls (pwelding workers chronically exposed to welding fumes and gases. Preventive measures should be taken to improve the health status of these workers.

  19. Health and safety challenges associated with immigrant dairy workers

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    J. Rosecrance


    Full Text Available Faced with increasing industrialization, high demands on production, and decreasing domestic participation in the labor force, dairy producers are employing an immigrant workforce to help meet operational demands. There is little data regarding the number of immigrant workers in the dairy industry, but the trend of hiring immigrant workers in some of the world’s highest producing countries is increasing. There are many challenges associated with managing immigrant workers includinghow to effectively train this workforce about safe and efficient work methods. Methods: Ethnographic methods from the anthropology field served as the primary tool to identify barriers and facilitators of safe work practices in large-herd dairy operations in the United States. Following the weeklong emersion by the research anthropologist at a selected dairy, focus groups were organized at three large-herd dairies. All focus group conversations were tape recorded, transcribed and translated into English. The focus group transcripts were coded for specific themes related to issues that participants felt were barriers or facilitators of worker health and safety. Results: Twenty-two Latino workers 18 to 58 years of age participated in the three focus groups conducted at one Colorado and two South Dakota dairies. Six major themes relating to barriers and facilitators of worker health and safety were identified and included: communication, integration owner and worker cultures, work organization, leadership, support for animal health, and attention to safety culture within the organization. Conclusions: Although not often considered by agricultural engineers, an anthropological perspective to challenges involving an immigrant workforce may assist with improved work methods and safe work practices. Through this approach, agricultural engineers may better understand the cultural challenges and complexities facing the dairy industry. Successful integration of immigrant

  20. Clandestine migrant workers in Japan. (United States)

    Nagayama, T


    The author assesses the problem of illegal labor migration to Japan. "Labor policies, regulations, types of immigration violations, and the role of the recruitment industry are described. Most of the estimated 200,000 illegal workers are employed in small and medium sized enterprises, especially construction and manufacturing, which pay them wages well below the normal rate. A key issue is the infringement of human rights of these illegal workers, who lack the protection of labor laws and the social security system."

  1. Why do Worker-Firm Matches Dissolve?

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    Gielen, A. C.; van Ours, J.C.


    In a dynamic labor market worker-firm matches dissolve frequently causing workers to separate and firms to look for replacements.A separation may be initiated by the worker (a quit) or the firm (a layoff), or may result from a joint decision.A dissolution of a worker-firm match may be ineffcient if

  2. 29 CFR 779.409 - Handicapped workers. (United States)


    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Handicapped workers. 779.409 Section 779.409 Labor... Students, Learners, and Handicapped Workers § 779.409 Handicapped workers. Regulations have been issued... handicapped workers at wages lower than the minimum wage applicable under section 6 of the Act....

  3. Effects of office innovation on office workers' health and performance. (United States)

    Meijer, Eline M; Frings-Dresen, Monique H W; Sluiter, Judith K


    The implementation of an innovative office concept (e.g. open-plan, flexible workplaces and a paperless office concept) on health and productivity among office workers was evaluated with questionnaires of 138 workers at baseline and 6 and 15 months afterwards. Work-related fatigue, general health, change in health status, upper extremity complaints and perceived productivity were outcomes. No short-term significant differences were found in most outcomes except for quantity of performed work (decrease from 96% to 92%, p = 0.008). In the long-term, no significant differences were found in most outcomes except for an increase in general health (p = 0.011) and a decrease in prevalences of upper extremity complaints (33% to 22%, p = 0.021). Perceived productivity increased significantly 15 months after the implementation. It is concluded that innovative office concepts had no or limited effects on work-related fatigue, health changes and productivity but some positive effects on workers' general health and upper extremity complaints in the long term. Office innovation is being administered often but up to now seldom evaluated on workers' health and productivity.

  4. Cause-specific mortality due to malignant and non-malignant disease in Korean foundry workers.

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    Jin-Ha Yoon

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Foundry work is associated with serious occupational hazards. Although several studies have investigated the health risks associated with foundry work, the results of these studies have been inconsistent with the exception of an increased lung cancer risk. The current study evaluated the mortality of Korean foundry workers due to malignant and non-malignant diseases. METHODS: This study is part of an ongoing investigation of Korean foundry workers. To date, we have observed more than 150,000 person-years in male foundry production workers. In the current study, we stratified mortality ratios by the following job categories: melting-pouring, molding-coremaking, fettling, and uncategorized production work. We calculated standard mortality ratios (SMR of foundry workers compare to general Korean men and relative risk (RR of mortality of foundry production workers reference to non-production worker, respectively. RESULTS: Korean foundry production workers had a significantly higher risk of mortality due to malignant disease, including stomach (RR: 3.96; 95% CI: 1.41-11.06 and lung cancer (RR: 2.08; 95% CI: 1.01-4.30, compared with non-production workers. High mortality ratios were also observed for non-malignant diseases, including diseases of the circulatory (RR: 1.92; 95% CI: 1.18-3.14, respiratory (RR: 1.71; 95% CI: 1.52-21.42 for uncategorized production worker, and digestive (RR: 2.27; 95% CI: 1.22-4.24 systems, as well as for injuries (RR: 2.36; 95% CI: 1.52-3.66 including suicide (RR: 3.64; 95% CI: 1.32-10.01. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that foundry production work significantly increases the risk of mortality due to some kinds of malignant and non-malignant diseases compared with non-production work.

  5. Follow up study of workers exposed to man made mineral fibres.


    Hughes, J. M.; Jones, R. N.; Glindmeyer, H W; Hammad, Y Y; Weill, H.


    A survey of workers in seven man made mineral fibre (MMMF) production plants, the subject of a previous report, was conducted, with other blue collar workers serving as regional comparisons. Based on the median reading of chest radiographs by five readers, a low prevalence of small opacities, all at the 1/0 and 1/1 profusion levels, was again found: for workers with MMMFs, 23/1435 (1.6%); for comparison workers, 2/305 (0.7%). Spirometric measurements indicated generally healthy populations, a...

  6. Preventing heat-related illness among agricultural workers. (United States)

    Jackson, Larry L; Rosenberg, Howard R


    Hyperthermia from exertion and environmental conditions during agricultural work manifests itself by various symptoms and may lead to death. From 1992 through 2006, 68 workers employed in crop production and related services died from heat-related illness. The crop worker fatality rate averaged 4 heat-related deaths per one million workers per year-20 times higher than the 0.2 rate for US civilian workers overall. Many of the agricultural workers who died were foreign-born. Foreign-born workers tend to have limited English language skills and often are not acclimatized to exertion in hot weather when beginning seasonal jobs. Increased recognition of heat hazards to agricultural workers, in particular, has stimulated concern among employers, workers, and public policy makers. California and Washington have led the nation in adopting workplace safety standards designed to prevent heat-related illnesses. These state regulations include new specific requirements for employer provision of drinking water, shade for rest or other sufficient means to recover from heat, worker and supervisor training, and written heat safety plans. Agricultural employers face practical challenges in fulfilling the purpose and complying with these standards. By their very nature the standards impose generic requirements in a broad range of circumstances and may not be equally protective in all agricultural work settings. It is vital that employers and supervisors have a thorough knowledge of heat illness prevention to devise and implement safety measures that suit local conditions. Ongoing risk-based assessment of current heat conditions by employers is important to this safety effort. Workers need training to avoid heat illness and recognize the symptoms in themselves and coworkers. Innovative management practices are joining time-honored approaches to controlling heat stress and strain. Research targeted to answer questions about heat accumulation and dissipation during agricultural work

  7. 75 FR 54184 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance (United States)


    ... Production Unit; Leased Workers from Mundy. 73,676 Apria Healthcare, Birmingham and Mobile, March 8, 2009. Customer Service AL. Department. 73,676A Apria Healthcare, Little Rock and March 8, 2009. Customer Service.... 73,632 Simclar Interconnect Ozark, MO March 1, 2009. Technologies, Inc., Leased Workers from...

  8. Workers' Participation and the Distribution of Control as Perceived by Members of Ten German Companies. (United States)

    Bartolke, Klaus; And Others


    A survey of 601 managers and workers in 10 German manufacturing companies studied the implications of workers' participation for the exercise of control. Statistical analysis of data on control over work environments, production organization, personnel, and finance indicated that, in more participative companies, distribution of control is more…

  9. 76 FR 72978 - Whirlpool Corporation Including On-Site Leased Workers From Career Solutions TEC Staffing... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Whirlpool Corporation Including On-Site Leased Workers From Career... Career Solutions TEC Staffing, Fort Smith, Arkansas. The workers are engaged in the production of... working on-site at the Fort Smith, Arkansas location of Whirlpool Corporation. The amended...

  10. Nutra-ergonomics: influence of nutrition on physical employment standards and the health of workers. (United States)

    Shearer, Jane; Graham, Terry E; Skinner, Tina L


    The importance of ergonomics across several scientific domains, including biomechanics, psychology, sociology, and physiology, have been extensively explored. However, the role of other factors that may influence the health and productivity of workers, such as nutrition, is generally overlooked. Nutra-ergonomics describes the interface between workers, their work environment, and performance in relation to their nutritional status. It considers nutrition to be an integral part of a safe and productive workplace that encompasses physical and mental health as well as the long-term wellbeing of workers. This review explores the knowledge, awareness, and common practices of nutrition, hydration, stimulants, and fortified product use employed prior to physical employment standards testing and within the workplace. The influence of these nutra-ergonomic strategies on physical employment standards, worker safety, and performance will be examined. Further, the roles, responsibilities, and implications for the applicant, worker, and the employer will be discussed within the context of nutra-ergonomics, with reference to the provision and sustainability of an environment conducive to optimize worker health and wellbeing. Beyond physical employment standards, workplace productivity, and performance, the influence of extended or chronic desynchronization (irregular or shift work) in the work schedule on metabolism and long-term health, including risk of developing chronic and complex diseases, is discussed. Finally, practical nutra-ergonomic strategies and recommendations for the applicant, worker, and employer alike will be provided to enhance the short- and long-term safety, performance, health, and wellbeing of workers.

  11. 75 FR 30066 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance (United States)


    ... Business Machines (IBM), Global Business Services, Division 6C, Application Services), Sterling Forest, NY... percent of the production or sales of the workers' firm; or (B) A loss of business by the workers' firm...-Packard Company, Enterprise Business, Storage Works Division, Solutions Platform Division, Marlboro,...

  12. 78 FR 52978 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance (United States)


    ... Chicopee, MA Supplies Global Business Unit, R&D, Covidien PLC. 82,843 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Union City, TN... percent of the production or sales of the workers' firm; or (B) a loss of business by the workers' firm... June 26, 2012. Annuity Contact Center and New Business Operations, Corporate Brokers....

  13. Quality of Life Satisfaction among Workers and Non-Workers in Uruguay (United States)

    Gandelman, Nestor; Piani, Giorgina


    In this paper we use data from a population survey on quality of life dimensions conducted in Uruguay to analyze the self reported well-being among workers and non workers. Along with the literature, we find that the probability of being happy is greater for workers than non-workers. Specifically, we find evidence that workers tend to be more…

  14. Patriarchal Leadership and Anti-Production Behavior of Workers in State-Own Enterprises:Intermediate Effect Based on Interactive Equity%国企背景下家长式领导与员工反生产行为:基于互动公平的中介效应

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    任迎伟; 李思羽


    以四川省多家大中型国有企业作为样本研究互动公平对家长式领导与员工反生产行为,结果表明:互动公平对员工反生产行为有负向的预测作用;家长式领导的三个维度(仁慈领导、德行领导、威权领导)与员工反生产行为之间有不同的相关关系,其中仁慈领导和德行领导对员工反生产行为有正向的预测作用,而威权领导对其则存在负向的预测作用;互动公平在家长式领导与员工反生产行为之间存在部分中介效应。由此,建议采取如下管理措施:合理调整领导风格,提高领导效能;建立良好的沟通机制、提高互动公平;量化高管招聘标准、寻找符合互动公平文化的高管。%Using several SOE in Sichuan Province as samples, this research explores the effect of interactive equity on patriarchal leadership and the anti-production behavior of staff and workers. The results show that interactive equity can negatively predict the anti-production behavior of staff and workers, and that the three dimensions of patriarchal leadership ( that is, benevolent, moral, and authoritative leadership ) is differently related to the anti-production behavior of staff and workers. Specifically, benevolent and moral leadership have a positive effect while authoritative leadership will have a negative effect. Interactive equity has an intermediate effect between patriarchal leadership and the anti-production behavior of staff and workers. Therefore, it is suggested that proper adaptation in leadership be made to increase efficiency, that communication mechanism be established to improve interactive equity, and that criteria be specified to employ capable high level management personnel.

  15. Cohort mortality study of vinyl chloride exposed workers in Porto Marghera during production, polymerization and bagging; Indagine epidemiologica sui lavoratori di Porto Marghera esposti a cloruro di vinile nelle fasi di produzione, polimerizzazione e insacco

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    Pirastu, R. [Rome, Univ. (Italy). Dipt di Biologia Umana e Animale; Chellini, E. [Centro per lo Studio e la Prevenzione Oncologica, Florence (Italy); Carnevale, F. [Unita` Sanitaria Locale 10, Florence (Italy). Servizio di Prevenzione, Igiene e Sicurezza nei Luoghi di Lavoro; De Santis, M.; Comba, P. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita`, Rome (Italy). Lab. di Igiene Ambientale; Bracci, C. [CGIL Lazio, Rome (Italy). Sindacato Pensionati Italiani


    The aim of the study is to investigate cause specific mortality among workers employed in vinyl chloride manufacture, polymerization and bagging in Porto Marghera between start of operation and June 30, 1995. The cohort includes 1.658 subjects employed by the companies running the petrochemical plant in Porto Marghera (Montedison and Enichem) and 272 members of three cooperatives of baggers who operated in the plant. The study detected an increased mortality from liver cancer, especially among autoclave workers, and an increase in lung cancer among baggers. In the whole study period, in the Montedison-Enichem cohort, 11 deaths from liver cancer were observed versus 5.7 expected; among autoclave workers 6 deaths were observed versus 0.8 expected. Four further cases were detected by `Best Evidence` procedures. Altogether 5 cases were angiosarcomas, 5 hepato-carcinomas, 3 cases of liver cancer occurred in cirrhotic subjects and in 2 cases histology was not known. The increase in lung cancer risk among baggers is present both in the Montedison-Enichem cohort and among the members of the cooperatives. The results of the present study will soon be supplemented with those concerning the cohorts in the plants located in Ferrara, Ravenna, Rosignano, Terni and Brindisi.

  16. Ethnicity, well-being, and the organization of labor among shade tobacco workers. (United States)

    Duke, Michael


    The cultivation and processing of shade tobacco in the Connecticut River Valley (United States) is highly specialized and labor intensive and is dependent on a multi-ethnic workforce of migrant farm workers from Latin America and the West Indies. Production is structured through an ethnically reified division of labor, constituted by historical migration patterns, English language ability, and racially informed perceptions of what constitutes a "good worker." Regardless of position, these workers find themselves geographically and socially isolated and subjected to hazardous and exploitative working conditions. This article will explore the effects of these conditions on workers' physical and emotional well-being. Using Foucault's notion of governmentality, the article demonstrates the ways in which these deleterious effects are embedded in workers' internalizing of race and ethnicity as naturalizing principles for self-regulation and the organization of work and in neoliberal forces that produce a surplus of temporary, highly mobile workers from the global south.

  17. 突变株CTM2降解苯酚和4-氯酚的生物降解特性%Biodegradation of Phenol and 4-Chlorophenol by the Mutant Strain CTM 2

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    姜岩; 任南琪; 蔡徇; 吴迪; 乔丽艳; 林森


    The biodegradations of phenol and 4-chlorophenol(4-cp)were studied using the mutant strain CTM 2 obtained by the He-Ne laser irradiation on wild-type Candida tropicalis.The results showed that the capacity of the CTM 2 to biodegrade 4-cp was increased up to 400 mg.L-1 within 59.5 h.In the dual.substrate biodegradation,both 2 to degrade phenol.In addition,the kinetic behaviors were described using the kinetic model proposed in this lab.

  18. 固定化对氯苯酚降解菌在生物流化床中的降解特性%Degradation characteristics of immobilized p-chlorophenol-degrading strain in bio-fluidized bed reactor

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    丁成; 李朝霞; 许琦; 杨波


    A p-chlorophenol-degrading strain was encapsulated in alginate-chitosan-activate carbon powder microcapsules, and the degradation characteristics of immobilized p-chlorophenol-degrading strain under different conditions in bio-fluidized bed reactor were investigated by gas chromtography. Results indicated that the optimum conditions for the degradation were HRT of 72 h, ratio of the volume of microencapsulated inoculation (about 3.0 × 106cfu/mL in each microencapsulation) to the volume of wastewater of 10% , pH of 7, temperature of 30 ℃ with the initial concentration of p-chlorophenol of 120 mg/L. Both of immobilized strain and free strain were capable of degrading p-chlorophenol and the kinetics was found to correlate with the primary and secondly kinetic equation respectively. But the degradation efficiency of the immobilized strain was higher than the free strain significantly.%为了获得固定化对氯苯酚降解菌在生物流化床中的降解特性,用海藻酸钠-壳聚糖-活性炭微胶囊对实验室保存的对氯苯酚降解菌株进行固定化,在生物流化床中用固定化菌株在不同单因素实验条件下降解对氯苯酚废水,用气相色谱仪测定废水中对氯苯酚的降解率.结果表明,固定化对氯苯酚降解菌株处理污水的适宜条件为:HRT为72 h,微胶囊接种体积为废水体积的10%(其中微胶囊含菌量为3.0×106cfu/mL),降解pH值为7,降解温度为30℃,对氯苯酚初始浓度为120 mg/L.微胶囊固定化菌株与游离态菌株均可以降解对氯苯酚废水,但固定化菌株降解率优于游离态菌株,降解过程分别符合一级和二级动力学方程.

  19. Aging workers and the employee-employer relationship

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    Bal, P.M.; Kooij, T.A.M.; Rousseau, D.M.


    This book focuses on the aging workforce from the employment relationship perspective. This innovative book specifically focuses on how organizations can ensure their aging workers remain motivated, productive and healthy. In 15 chapters, several experts on this topic describe how organizations thro

  20. Peer Evaluation: Incentives and Co-Worker Relations

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    J. Sol (Joeri)


    textabstractIn many workplaces co-workers have the best information about each other's effort. Managers may attempt to exploit this information through peer evaluation. I study peer evaluation in a pure moral hazard model of production by two limitedly liable agents. Agents receive a signal about th

  1. The Kaizen Connection: How Companies Pick Tomorrow's Workers. (United States)

    Feuer, Dale; Lee, Chris


    Kaizen is a Japanese management concept that means gradual, ongoing improvement involving everyone from top management to production workers. This concept is starting to appear in American companies, and it requires the personnel department to do a much more thorough assessment of job applicants, testing for leadership skills, interpersonal…

  2. 76 FR 10403 - Hewlett Packard (HP), Global Product Development, Engineering Workstation Refresh Team, Working... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Hewlett Packard (HP), Global Product Development, Engineering... investigation to determine whether workers and former workers of Hewlett Packard, Global Product Development.... Information obtained by the Department revealed that Hewlett Packard's Global Product Development...

  3. Musculoskeletal diseases in forestry workers

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    Vuković Slađana


    Full Text Available The most common hazards in the forestry that may induce disorders of the musculoskeletal system are vibrations, unfavorable microclimatic conditions, noise, over-time working hours, work load and long-term repeated movements. The objective of this study was to analyze the prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases and its difference among workers engaged in various jobs in the forestry. Two groups of workers were selected: woodcutters operating with chain-saw (N=33 and other loggers (N=32. Selected workers were of the similar age and had similar total length of employment as well as the length of service in the forestry. Both groups of workers employed in the forestry had the high prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases (woodcutters 69.7% and other loggers 62.5%, respectively. Degenerative diseases of spinal column were very frequent, in dependently of the type of activity in the forestry. Non-significantly higher risk of carpal tunnel syndrome was found in woodcutters with chain-saw compared to workers having other jobs in the forestry (OR=3.09; 95%CI=0.64-19.72. The lateral epicondylitis was found only in woodcutters operating with chain-saw with the prevalence of 18.2%.

  4. Sampling 4-chlorophenol in water by DGT technique with molecularly imprinted polymer as binding agent and nylon membrane as diffusive layer. (United States)

    Dong, Jia; Fan, Hongtao; Sui, Dianpeng; Li, Liangchen; Sun, Ting


    For the first time, a diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) device using molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) as the binding agent and nylon membrane (NM) as the diffusive layer (NM-MIP-DGT) has been developed for sampling 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) in water. The MIP was prepared by precipitation polymerization with methacrylic acid as monomer and ethyleneglycoldimethacrylate as cross-linker. The diffusion coefficient of 4-CP through NM was obtained to be 0.788±0.040 μ cm(2) s(-1) by diffusion cell method. The ratio was 1.01±0.05 (mean±standard deviation) for the concentration of 4-CP sampled by NM-MIP-DGT and analyzed by HPLC method to the total concentration of 4-CP in the synthetic solution where free 4-CP species dominated. The results showed that NM-MIP-DGT could sample 4-CP in synthetic solution accurately. The performance of NM-MIP-DGT for sampling 4-CP was independent of pH in the range of 3-7 and ionic strength in the range of 0.0001-0.1 mol L(-1) NaCl solution. The concentration of free form of 4-CP sampled by NM-MIP-DGT decreased with the increasing concentration of dissolved organic carbon in different water samples due to the electrostatic interaction of natural organic compounds with 4-CP. 1.8 mg L(-1) of the free form of 4-CP was determined by HPLC which was sampled by NM-MIP-DGT in an intermediate untreated industrial effluent. The NM-MIP-DGT can be a potential passive tool for sampling the free form of 4-CP in water.

  5. Planar graphene oxide-based magnetic ionic liquid nanomaterial for extraction of chlorophenols from environmental water samples coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Cai, Mei-Qiang; Su, Jie; Hu, Jian-Qiang; Wang, Qian; Dong, Chun-Ying; Pan, Sheng-Dong; Jin, Mi-Cong


    A planar graphene oxide-based magnetic ionic liquid nanomaterial (PGO-MILN) was synthesized. The prepared PGO-MILN was characterized by transmission electronmicroscopy (TEM) and Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR). The results of adsorption experiments showed that the PGO-MILN had great adsorption capacity for 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP), 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol (2,3,4,6-TeCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP). Based on the adsorption experimental data, a sensitive magnetic method for determination of the five CPs in environmental water samples was developed by an effective magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) procedure coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The effects of main MSPE parameters including the solution pH, extraction time, desorption time, and volume of desorption solution on the extraction efficiencies had been investigated in detail. The recoveries ranged from 85.3 to 99.3% with correlation coefficients (r) higher than 0.9994 and the linear ranges were between 10 and 500ngL(-1). The limits of detection (LODs) and limits of quantification (LOQs) of the five CPs ranged from 0.2 to 2.6ngL(-1) and 0.6 to 8.7ngL(-1), respectively. The intra- and inter- day relative standard deviations (RSDs) were in the range from 0.6% to 7.4% and from 0.7% to 8.4%, respectively. It was confirmed that the PGO-MILN was a kind of highly effective MSPE materials used for enrichment of trace CPs in the environmental water.

  6. Application of a Zero-Valente Iron-Per Sulfate System to Treat Petrochemical Wastewater With High-Total Dissolved Solids Containing Para-Chlorophenol

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    Full Text Available Background Zero-valent iron (ZVI can effectively activate persulfate (PS generating free sulfate radicals (SO4•–, thereby presenting a promising technology to degrade recalcitrant organic contaminants such as para-chlorophenol (PCP in wastewater. Objectives The current study aimed to examine the feasibility and application of ZVI/PS system through batch experiments to degrade PCP of petrochemical effluent, which its treatment is included in The United States environmental protection agency (USEPA priority pollutant list. Materials and Methods Effects of dosages of ZVI (0.056 - 2.8 g/L, ZVI to PS molar ratio (0.1 - 5.0, PS concentration (2.5 - 25.0 mM/L, pH = (3.0 - 11.0, contact time (5 - 240 minutes, and ZVI reusability (three cycles on PCP degradation were examined. Results The results showed that the PCP degradation increased with an increase in ZVI dosage from 0.056 to 1.4 g/L, an increase in persulfate concentration from 2.5 to 15.0 mM/L, and an increase in ZVI to PS molar ratio from 0.1 to 2.5. The optimal initial pH for PCP removal was 5.0 and the maximum removal efficiency of 70% was achieved within 120 minutes. Moreover, the ZVI catalyst was reused until the third cycle to activate the persulfate and degrade PCP. However, the degradation efficiency of PCP gradually decreased to 51.7% when the ZVI reuse time increased. Conclusions The results indicate that using ZVI/PS system is not an efficient enough method to treat petrochemical effluent, due to the complexity of petrochemical wastewater matrix and high- total dissolved solids (TDS content, as well.

  7. / production

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    François Arleo; Pol-Bernard Gossiaux; Thierry Gousset; Jörg Aichelin


    For more than 25 years /Ψ production has helped to sharpen our understanding of QCD. In proton induced reaction some observations are rather well understood while others are still unclear. The current status of the theory of /Ψ production will be sketched, paying special attention to the issues of formation time and /Ψ re-interaction in a nuclear medium.

  8. Pesticide use, alternatives and workers' health in Cuba. (United States)

    Alexander, R; Anderson, P K


    Cuba provides a unique example of a country that is actively implementing a program to reduce its dependence on pesticides. This paper addresses Cuba's current efforts to develop and implement alternatives to pesticides and legislation to limit exposure and protect workers in the interim. In 1980 Cuba embarked on a national program to utilize alternatives to chemical pest control. This three-part program includes expansion of knowledge of Cuban agro-ecology in order to implement cultural control practices; research and implementation on biological control of pests; and research on plant resistance and development of resistant crop varieties. To date, the program has enabled Cuba to reduce pesticide usage in sugar cane, citrus, tobacco, corn, and vegetable crops, among others. While alternatives to chemical pest control are being developed, the Cubans are paying special attention to regulating pesticide use and the safety of workers and members of the public exposed to toxic chemicals. In addition to the Resolution on Health and Safety (1967) and the Safety and Health Law (1978) which cover all workers, including Cuba's 250,000 agricultural workers, the Ministry of Public Health promulgated Resolution 335 in 1967. This resolution addresses requirements and administration of structural pest control, production, importation, transport and storage of pesticides, as well as requirements for worker contact with pesticides, pesticides for domestic use, aerial application of pesticides, and violations of the regulations. The paper concludes with a description of how the system works on the provincial level, as exemplified by Villa Clara, and the steps that have been taken to eliminate worker exposure to pesticides, to utilize pesticides which pose less of a hazard to workers, and to assure early detection of ill effects.

  9. [Night workers and plasmatic cortisol]. (United States)

    Palermo, P; Rosati, M V; Ciarrocca, M; Nicassio, P; Piccoli, F; Cerratti, D; Anzani, M F; Tomei, G; Perugi, F; Monti, C; Palitti, T; Tomao, E; Caciari, T; Tomei, F


    The aim of the study is to evaluate whether occupational exposure to night work could cause alterations in the levels of plasmatic cortisol. The interest toward this argument arises form several studies in scientific literature referring the presence of an alteration in the synthesis and release of cortisol in workers exposed to night work. We studied a population of workers employed in night security service and monitoring service of alarm systems in different museums compared to a control group not performing shift-work and/or night work. The exposed and control subjects were compared by age, length of service, smoking habit (n. cigarettes per day), habitual consumption of alcoholic drinks (n. glass of wine/beer per day). We evaluated the levels of plasmatic cortisol on 50 workers exposed to night work, all males of whom 30 smokers and 20 non-smokers and on 50 controls of whom 30 smokers and 20 non-smokers.


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    Ida Ayu Diah Purnama Sari


    Full Text Available Contact dermatitis is a form of skin inflammation with spongiosis or intercellular edema of the epidermis due to the interaction of irritants and allergens. While occupational contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin due to exposure to irritants or allergens in the workplace. One of the jobs that have a high risk of the disease are construction workers. Although the disease is rarely-threatening but can cause high morbidity and suffering for workers, so it can affect the economy and quality of life of patients.

  11. Radiographic survey of perlite workers. (United States)

    Cooper, W C


    Chest roentgenograms of 240 perlite workers employed for 1 to 23 years in the industry, showed no evidence of pneumoconiosis associated with perlite exposures. One individual, found to have simple pneumoconiosis, and one found to have complicated pneumoconiosis, had formerly been diatomaceous earth workers. Since only 28 of the men had been in the industry over 15 years and only seven for 20 years or more, continued surveillance is essential to make sure that there are no effects with more prolonged exposures. Studies of pulmonary function of the individuals who have had relatively long exposures are needed to supplement radiographic evidence.

  12. Prevalence of latex hypersensitivity among health care workers in Malaysia. (United States)

    Shahnaz, M; Azizah, M R; Hasma, H; Mok, K L; Yip, E; Ganesapillai, T; Suraiya, H; Nasuruddin, B A


    Health care workers have been reported to constitute one of the few high-risk groups related to IgE-mediated hypersensitivity associated with the use of latex products. This paper describes the first ever study of prevalence carried out in Malaysia among these workers. One hundred and thirty health care personnel from Hospital Kuala Lumpur were skin tested. Extracts used were prepared from seven different brands of natural rubber latex gloves with varying levels of extractable protein (EPRRIM). Out of the 130 volunteers, 4 (3.1%) had positive skin test to latex with extracts with high levels of EPRRIM (> 0.7 mg/g). The prevalence among the Malaysian health care workers can be considered to be low in comparison to that of some consumer countries as the USA which reported a prevalence of as high as 16.9%.

  13. Migrant Workers in Agriculture: A View from Thailand. (United States)

    Thetkathuek, Anamai; Daniell, William


    There has been a dramatic increase in the global movement of workers during the last few decades. As Thailand has developed rapidly over the past 20 years, it has attracted laborers (both authorized and unauthorized) from the neighboring countries of Myanmar, People's Democratic Republic of Lao (Lao PDR), and Cambodia. Given that agriculture has been Thailand's most important industry, its continued growth has been dependent on migrant workers. Both crop agriculture and animal-production agriculture have employed migrant labor. Migrants have been hired to plant, weed, fertilize, spray pesticides, and harvest crops such as rice, corn, sugar cane, and cassava. They have worked at rubber and coffee plantations, as well as in the production of ornamental crops. Also, migrants have labored on pig, beef, and duck farms. There have been numerous documented health problems among migrant workers, including acute diarrhea, malaria, and fever of unknown causes. Occupational illness and injury have been a significant concern, and there has been limited health and safety training. This article reviewed the demographic changes in Thailand, studied the agricultural crops and animal production that are dependent on migrant labor, discussed the health status and safety challenges pertaining to migrant workers in agriculture, and described several recommendations. Among the recommendations, the conclusions of this study have suggested that addressing the cost for health care and solutions to health care access for migrant labor are needed.

  14. Noise, Worker Perception, and Worker Concentration in Timber Harvesting Activity

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    Efi Yuliati Yovi


    Full Text Available Timber harvesting activities are unquestionably related with high risk of work accidents and health disorders.Such activities were not only burdened the workers with heavy physical workloads due to uneasy workingenvironment, and massive work materials and tools, but also physiopsychologically burdened workers as theywere imposed with both mechanical and acoustic vibrations (noise produced by the chainsaw. However,  it is acommon practice that most of the workers still ignored the importance of the use of noise reduction devices suchas earmuff or ear plug.  This study was aimed to reveal the factual effects of noise on work concentration of theworkers to provide a scientific basis in supporting efforts in improving workers’ attitude.  The results confirmedthat chainsaw might produce noise during operation.  Noise intensities received by both right and left ears werenot significantly different, indicating that left-handed and normal workers received similar degree of noise inboth side of ears. Further, results also showed that there was a significant difference on the perception and workconcentration of chainsaw operators versus sedentary people to the noise.  These findings proved that hearingability of chainsaw operators had declined due to frequent noise exposure.Keywords: timber harvesting, physio-psychological disorder, noise, chainsaw

  15. In vitro cytotoxicity assessment of the biocidal agents sodium o-phenylphenol, sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol, and sodium p-tertiary amylphenol using established fish cell lines. (United States)

    Davoren, Maria; Fogarty, Andrew M


    The cytotoxicity of three biocidal agents frequently employed as active ingredients in phenolic-based disinfectants, were evaluated in three established fish cell lines (EPC, CHSE and RTG-2). Cell viability was assessed using two fluorescent indicator dyes, Alamar Blue for metabolism and neutral red for lysosomal activity. Total protein content was also quantified as a measure of cell detachment. In order to evaluate the sensitivity of the cell cultures, the results obtained were compared with toxicity data obtained from a previous study with the same three compounds and the in vivo lethality test with rainbow trout. Results from this study established that each of the three cell lines ranked the tested chemicals in the same order of toxicity as the in vivo test; however, the cell cultures were found to be an order of magnitude less sensitive than whole fish studies with the same compounds. The chemical sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol was consistently ranked the most toxic of the tested compounds with each cell line and the endpoints employed. The rank order of toxicity was always sodium o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol > sodium p-tertiary amylphenol > sodium o-phenylphenol. The EPC cells were found to be the most sensitive cell line tested based on Alamar Blue IC(50) data, and the Alamar Blue assay was consistently found to be the most sensitive endpoint of the three cytotoxicity assays employed.

  16. 78 FR 54485 - Apex Tool Group, LLC; Gastonia Operation Division; Including On-Site Leased Workers From Adecco... (United States)


    ... activities related to the production of mechanic's hand tool sets. The notice was published in the Federal... workers of the subject firm who were adversely affected by a shift in the production of mechanic's...

  17. Urinary concentrations of metabolites of pyrethroid insecticides in textile workers, Eastern China. (United States)

    Lu, Dasheng; Wang, Dongli; Feng, Chao; Jin, Yu'e; Zhou, Zhijun; Wu, Chunhua; Lin, Yuanjie; Wang, Guoquan


    Pyrethroid insecticides have been applied in the production of cotton, wool and textile. In order to examine whether textile workers are exposed to pyrethroid insecticides, we recruited 50 textile workers in two textile plants in Eastern China. Their urine samples were collected for the measurement of pyrethroid metabolites: cis- and trans-isomers of 2,2-dichlorovinyl-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (cis-Cl2CA and trans-Cl2CA) and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3-PBA). Our results showed that textile workers were exposed to high levels of pyrethroid insecticides. cis-Cl2CA and 3-PBA were dominant metabolites with concentrations of 0.17-261μg/L, while concentrations of trans-Cl2CA were in the range of 0.26-11μg/L. Levels of three metabolites were in a descending order: cis-Cl2CA, 3-PBA, and trans-Cl2CA. Levels of the metabolites were associated with ages and job responsibilities of textile workers. Sewing workers, cutting workers, machine operators, reorganizers, and older workers were more likely in contact with pyrethroid insecticides in the textile production. trans- to cis-Cl2CA ratios might indicate that exposure of textile workers was via dermal absorption and inhalation.

  18. Exploring a new method for the biological monitoring of plastic workers exposed to the vinyl chloride monomer. (United States)

    Azari, Mansour Rezazadeh; Tayefeh-Rahimian, Raana; Jafari, Mohamad Javad; Souri, Hamid; Shokoohi, Yasser; Tavakol, Alaheh; Yazdanbakhsh, Zahra


    Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is widely used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics. VCM is recognized as a confirmed human and animal carcinogenic compound. Recent studies have reported poor health of plastic workers, even having exposure at concentrations below the permissible limit to VCM. There has not been any study regarding exposed workers to VCM in Iran. Similarly, no information exists as to the biological monitoring of such workers. The main purpose of this study was to conduct a thorough occupational and biological monitoring of Iranian plastic workers exposed to VCM.A total of 100 workers from two plastic manufacturing plants (A and B) in Tehran along with 25 unexposed workers as controls were studied. The personal monitoring of all nonsmoking workers exposed to VCM at two plastic manufacturing plants (A and B) was performed in the morning shift (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) according to the National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health method no. 1007.Biological monitoring of workers was carried out through collection of exhaled breath of all exposed and control workers in Tedlar bags and with a subsequent analysis using gas chromatography-flame ionization detector.Not only the mean occupational exposure of workers to VCM at plant A was higher than the respective threshold limit value but also the statistical significance was higher than workers at plant B. Similarly, VCM concentration in exhaled breath of workers at plant A was also statistically significantly higher than at plant B. Correlation of occupational exposure of all workers to vinyl chloride with its concentration in exhaled breath was statistically significant.This is the first study on biological monitoring for exposed plastic workers to VCM using exhaled breath. On the basis of the results in this study, a novel method of biological monitoring of plastic workers was proposed.

  19. Progress Made in Drilling Workers Training Pattern

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    Zhang Guozheng; Zhao Zhangbin


    @@ The Great Wall Drilling Workers Training Centre in North China Petroleum Workers College is specialized in training oil drilling technicians for China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), who will undertake the international contract and recontract.

  20. Proteins Are the Body's Worker Molecules (United States)

    ... PDF Chapter 1: Proteins are the Body's Worker Molecules You've probably heard that proteins are important ... are much more than that. Proteins are worker molecules that are necessary for virtually every activity in ...

  1. Accommodating Workers with Mental Disabilities. (United States)

    Mank, David; And Others


    NEC America prepares its employees to train severely disabled co-workers. Three characteristics of the training are (1) the right type and amount of assistance; (2) measurement of degrees of learning; and (3) reinforcement of what has been learned. (SK)

  2. Technical Workers in Great Demand

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    The Labor and Social Security Ministry conducted a survey on 81 labor markets across China in the second quarter of this year, the results of which showed that the demand for technical workers, especially those of middle and senior titles, far outnumbers the supply.The survey shows that the demand/supply

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  4. The Migration of Technical Workers

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    Using panel data on the Danish population, we estimated the revealed preferences of scientists and engineers for the places in which they choose to work. Our results indicate that these technical workers exhibit substantial sensitivity to differences in wages but that they have even stronger...

  5. The migrant worker: visible, yet invisible


    Win, Aung


    Immigrant workers are a vulnerable and underserved population. The average life expectancy of the migrant worker is 49 years, compared to 77.2 years for most Americans. Immigrant workers have a higher disease burden than other populations and work in occupations with high hazard levels. In addition, they have low socioeconomic levels and face many barriers to accessing healthcare services. Undocumented immigrant workers are excluded in the Affordable Care Act. Health professionals must be att...

  6. Role of ILO in the Field of Workers' Education for Rural Workers and Their Organisations (United States)

    Labour Education, 1975


    The framework within which ILO activities for workers' education among rural workers are undertaken can be considered as having two dimensions; the ILO's overall work for the development of the rural areas and the overall workers' education activities. Activity areas for workers' education programs are discussed. (Author/EC)

  7. 78 FR 68867 - Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (United States)


    ... of Workers' Compensation Programs Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Proposed... Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection...). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, (OWCP) administers...

  8. Workers' Central Life Interests and Job Performance. (United States)

    Dubin, Robert; Champoux, Joseph E.

    Supervisors' ratings of individual industrial workers appear to be related to the central life interests (CLI) of the workers. The group of workers who had a job-oriented CLI received the highest ratings from their superivsors among the three CLI groups on Initiative and Application, Cooperation and Quantity of Work and were rated low on…

  9. Signaling and Screening of Workers' Motivation

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    J. Delfgaauw (Josse); A.J. Dur (Robert)


    textabstractThis paper develops a model in which workers to a certain extent like to exert effort at the workplace. We examine the implications of workers' motivation for optimal monetary incentive schemes. We show that in the optimum motivated workers work harder and are willing to work for a lower

  10. Arsenal Workers During World War II (United States)


    During World War II, Arsenal workers from Huntsville, Alabama. and surrounding areas responded to the call for civilian defense workers. This February 20, 1945 photo shows workers filling colored smoke grenades that were used for signaling. (Courtesy of Huntsville/Madison County Public Library)

  11. The Worker's Cooperative = Cooperativas de Trabajadores Duenos. (United States)

    Hernandez, Mayra Lee

    Written in Spanish and English (on facing pages), this manual is a practical guide for those interested in forming a worker-owned cooperative. It includes examples based on the personal experience of teaching about cooperativism and worker-owned cooperatives to a group of construction workers with diverse levels of education; vocabulary and…

  12. Survival of Atta sexdens workers on different food sources. (United States)

    Silva, Aline; Bacci, Maurício; Gomes de Siqueira, Célia; Correa Bueno, Odair; Pagnocca, Fernando Carlos; Aparecida Hebling, Maria José


    Leaf-cutting ants belonging to the tribe Attini are major herbivores and important agriculture pests in the neotropics, these ants being thought to feed on the sap which exudes from the plant material which they cut and also on the mycelium of a symbiotic fungus that grows on plant material inside their nests in what is called "the fungus garden". However, we have found that the survival of Atta sexdens worker ants on leaves, on mycelium of the ants' symbiotic fungus, Leucoagaricus gongylophorus, or on plant polysaccharides was the same as that of starved A. sexdens, while, conversely, significantly longer survival was achieved by ants fed on the fungus garden material or on some of the products (especially glucose) of the hydrolysis of plant polysaccharides. We found that the fungus garden contained glucose at a higher concentration than that found in leaves or fungal mycelium, and that this glucose was consumed by the ant to the extent that it was probably responsible for up to 50% of the nutritional needs of the workers. The fungus garden contained polysaccharide degrading enzymes (pectinase, amylase, xylanase and cellulase) in proportions similar to that observed in laboratory cultures of L. gongylophorus. It thus appears that A. sexdens workers obtain a significant part of their nutrients from plant polysaccharide hydrolysis products produced by the action of extracellular enzymes released by L. gongylophorus. In this paper we discuss the symbiotic nutrition strategy of A. sexdens workers and brood and the role played by plant polysaccharides in the nutrition of attine ants.

  13. The making of a new working class? A study of collective actions of migrant workers in South China


    Chan, Chris King-Chi; Pun, Ngai


    In this study, we argue that the specific process of the proletarianization of Chinese migrant workers contributes to the recent rise of labour protests. Most of the collective actions involve workers' conflict with management at the point of production, while simultaneously entailing labour organizing in dormitories and communities. The type of living space, including workers' dormitories and migrant communities, facilitates collective actions organized not only on bases of locality, ethnici...

  14. Employer Expectations, Peer Effects and Productivity: Evidence from a Series of Field Experiments

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    Horton, John J


    This paper reports the results of a series of field experiments designed to investigate how peer effects operate in a real work setting. Workers were hired from an online labor market to perform an image-labeling task and, in some cases, to evaluate the work product of other workers. These evaluations had financial consequences for both the evaluating worker and the evaluated worker. The experiments showed that on average, evaluating high-output work raised an evaluator's subsequent productivity, with larger effects for evaluators that are themselves highly productive. The content of the subject evaluations themselves suggest one mechanism for peer effects: workers readily punished other workers whose work product exhibited low output/effort. However, non-compliance with employer expectations did not, by itself, trigger punishment: workers would not punish non-complying workers so long as the evaluated worker still exhibited high effort. A worker's willingness to punish was strongly correlated with their own ...

  15. A survey of noise-induced hearing impairment in workers of a factory of electrical products in Hangzhou city and its relevant contributing factors%杭州某电器厂工人职业性听力损害调查研究及相关因素分析

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    目的:调查研究噪声对杭州地区某电器厂工人听力的影响,并探讨其影响因素。方法采用精密脉冲声级计测定电器厂噪声作业环境的噪声强度,采用听力计检测噪声作业工人的听力状况,测定听力损害罹患率,将听力损害与接噪工龄、工种、性别、年龄进行统计学分析。结果该电器厂噪声性质为中高频连续稳态噪声,平均噪声强度92.34±8.62 dB(A),工人职业性听力损害的罹患率为19.97%,听力损害随接噪工龄增加而升高,各工龄组间比较差异有显著性(P<0.05);不同工种听力损害的检出率由高到低依次为磨工、铆工、冲压、折弯工、总装、剪板、焊接。结论生产性噪声对作业工人的听力损害有显著影响。%Objective To understand the effects of noise on the hearing of workers of an electric appliance plant in Hangzhou and study the contributing factors in order to obtain scientific knowledge of the prevention of noise induced -hearing loss .Method Noise levels were measured using a precision pulse sound level meter .Audiometric tests were conducted with an audiometer , and the prevalence rate was also calculated .Applied statistical method to analyze the relationship between noise-induced hearing impairment and length of service ,type of work ,age and gender .Findings The noise of the plant was mainly intermediate or high frequency , which was continuous and steady .The average noise intensity was 92.34 ±8.62 dB(A).The prevalence rate of occupational noise-induced hearing impairment was 19.97%.The rate of noise-induced hearing impairment increased as length of service increased ,and was significant among different types of work.The attack rate of hearing impairment of all types of work from high to low were grinder , riveter, punching workers, bend workers , assembly workers , clip workers and welders .Conclusion The productive noise has significant impact on

  16. Emission and distribution of PCDD/Fs, chlorobenzenes, chlorophenols, and PAHs from stack gas of a fluidized bed and a stoker waste incinerator in China. (United States)

    Wang, Tianjiao; Chen, Tong; Lin, Xiaoqing; Zhan, Mingxiu; Li, Xiaodong


    The concentrations, homologue, and congener profiles, as well as the gas/particle distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs), chlorobenzenes (CBzs), chlorophenols (CPhs), and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from stack gas of two different municipal solid waste incinerators in China, were characterized. The incinerators were a stoker furnace incinerator equipped with the advanced air pollution control device (APCD) and a common circulating fluidized bed (CFB) furnace. The concentration of PCDD/Fs in the stack gas of the stoker incinerator ranged 0.011-0.109 ng international toxic equivalent factor (I-TEQ)/Nm(3) and was below the current limit for PCDD/F emissions from the municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWIs) in China (0.1 ng I-TEQ/Nm(3)) in most of the cases. Moreover, the concentration of PCDD/Fs in the stack gas of the stoker incinerator was significantly lower than that of the CFB incinerator (0.734 to 24.6 ng I-TEQ/Nm(3)). In both incinerators, the majority of the total PCDD/F emissions (above 90%) ended up in the gas phase. 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF, which occupied 24.3-43.6 and 32.5-75.6% of I-TEQ contribution in MSWIs A and B, respectively, was the most abundant congener. However, different types of incinerators and APCDs induced different congener and homologue distributions. The total concentration of CBzs from the stoker incinerator (0.05-3.2 μg/Nm(3)) was also much lower than that formed from the CFB incinerator (10.9-75.2 μg/Nm(3)). The phase distribution of CBzs followed the same pattern as with the PCDD/Fs. Moreover, the emission level of CBz was 100-1000 times higher than that of the PCDD/Fs, which determines the applicability of CBzs as indicators of PCDD/F emissions. High correlations between the emission concentrations of PCDD/Fs, TeCBz, and PCBz in specific ranges were revealed. Furthermore, high concentrations of CPhs (0.6-141.0 μg/Nm(3)) and PAHs (148.6-4986.5 μg/Nm(3)) were detected in the stack gases of MSWI

  17. Pulmonary function in automobile repair workers

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    Chattopadhyay O


    Full Text Available Background : Automobile repair shop is a place where workers are exposed to harmful chemicals and toxic substances. Objective : To study the occurrence of obstructive and restrictive pulmonary impairment among automobile garage workers. Methods : A cross sectional study involving 151 automobile garage workers from 14 randomly selected garages of urban Kolkata. The study variables were Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (FEV 1 , Forced Vital Capacity (FVC, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PE FR, age, smoking habit, duration of work, type of work, and respiratory symptoms. The study was analysed using Regression equations, and Chi-square test. Results : All the workers were male. Obstructive impairment was seen in 25.83% of the workers whereas restrictive impairment was seen in 21.19% of the workers. Mixed obstructive and restrictive impairment was seen in 10.6% of the workers. The frequency of obstructive impairment was higher in older workers. In the age group of less than 20 years, 13.6% of the workers had obstructive impairment while 42.86% of workers above 40 years of age had obstructive impairment. Obstructive impairment was more frequently observed in battery repair workers (58.33% and spray painters (37.5% while 16.67% of the body repair workers and 30.19% of the engine mechanics had obstructive impairment. Obstructive impairment was more frequently observed in smokers (53.1 % as compared to ex-smokers (33.3% and non-smokers (6.4%. Obstructive impairment was more frequently observed in workers who had been working for a longer duration. Conclusion: Nearly 36.4% of the automobile garage workers had some form of pulmonary function impairment; obstructive and/or restrictive. The use of personal protective equipment, worker education, and discontinuation of the use of paints containing toxic pigments are recommended.

  18. Measurement Research on Industrial Workers in China

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    Wang Weixin


    Full Text Available The paper studied the factors that made the new generation of migrant workers transform in to the industrial workers by the questionnaire for them in china. On the basis of analyzing the characteristics of the new generation of migrant worker groups, the implementation approaches of their industrialization has been researched from the following four aspects: their on quality, psychological identity, economic base and social environment with the help of structural equation modle. Measures that transformed the new generation of migrant workers into industrial workers had been proposed according to the result of this study.

  19. Cancer incidence among Danish brewery workers

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    Thygesen, Lau Caspar; Johansen, Christoffer; Grønbaek, Morten;


    Since the foundation of the Danish Brewery Workers' Union (BWU) in 1898, an integrated issue in the labour contract between the BWU and the employers implied that the breweries provided 6 bottles of beer to each brewery worker per day. The objective of our study is to investigate if this presumably...... in a brewery between 1939 and 1963. From the original cohort of 14,313 workers, it was possible to identify 13,051 brewery workers (91.2%). The identified brewery workers were linked to the Danish Cancer Registry for any cancer diagnoses during 1943-1999. The incidence rate of all Danish men was applied...

  20. On Knowledge Workers in the Knowledge Society

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    DU Yu-wei; WANG Shu-hong


    The paper makes a study on our present knowledge society and knowledge workers. After analyzing the reason that knowledge workers are the newly emerging dominant group in this knowledge society, it gets to the point that the real leadership in the age of knowledge are knowledge workers. Yet, they have to actively organize and learn together, otherwise, they would be same as the workers of industrial model. Only through organizational learning can knowledge workers turn into a very innovative learning organization dancing with the unexpected.

  1. Roles of individual honeybee workers and drones in colonial thermogenesis. (United States)

    Harrison, J M


    The individual roles of honeybee workers and drones in heat regulation were investigated using single combs of bees and brood (about 1,000 individuals) placed in boxes at 15 degrees C. After 1 h and before cluster formation, I measured the elevation of bee thoracic surface temperature (Tths) above local ambient temperature (Ta). Bees were then left overnight at 15 degrees C. During the preclustering period, the density of bees over the brood slowly increased. In the clusters left overnight, bees in the innermost layer were significantly younger than bees in the outermost layer. One-day-old bees and drones were always located in the innermost cluster layer. 89% of all workers measured had Tths - Ta greater than or equal to 2 degrees C, indicating that most workers contribute to colonial thermogenesis. Average Tths - Ta was 4.1 degrees C. Drones measured had the same average Tths - Ta as unmarked workers. Tths - Ta did not differ among bees 2 days of age and older. Location on or off the brood did not affect Tths - Ta. Cooling constants of dead bees placed near the comb in the box averaged 1.036 min-1 and were independent of location on the comb. Calculated average thoracic conductance was 0.829 cal g-1 degree C-1 min-1. Average calculated heat production per worker was 0.095 cal min-1, less than 15% of the maximal oxygen consumption of 4-day-old bees. Calculations indicate that the larger drones contribute more heat per bee than do the workers.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  2. Work Physiology Evaluation of Laundry Workers (United States)

    Sari, A. D.; Suryoputro, M. R.; Pramaningtyas, M. D.; Putra, P. S.; Maulidyawati, S. B.


    This study aimed to assess cardiovascular strain during laundry operations in terms of physical workload, based on heart rate changes and level of pain complaints. Researchers measured resting and working heart rates and calculated cardiovascular load (%CVL), cardiovascular strain (%CVS), reserve heart rate (%RHR), energy expenditure, oxygen consumption, and measure level of pain complain in 6 laundry workers using Nordic Body Map questionnaire (NBM). Based on the result of %CVL and %CVS, the work in laundry was classified as acceptable level. Similarly, a high-level category was recorded for %RHR in moderate of energy expenditure. However, there are very pain level complain for hand using NBM questionnaire. Thus, there is a need to redesign the work content of equipment used and keep the physical workload in acceptable level, as this will increase their productivity and reduce their health risk.

  3. Asthma Symptoms and Specific IgE Levels among Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI Exposed Workers in Tehran, Iran

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    Laleh Sharifi


    Full Text Available Background: Toluene diisocyanate (TDI is an imperative chemical substance used in the production of polyurethane foams, elastomers, paints and coatings that cause a variety of health problems in workers who are exposed in work places. This study aimed to determine the asthma symptoms and serum specific IgE levels in TDI exposed workers and comparing the results with healthy control group.Methods: All the plants that use TDI in the manufacturing of paint and glue in the west of Tehran Province entered to the study and all the workers (550 completed modified initial questionnaire of the NIOSH, the questions were consisted of asthma symptoms. For each symptomatic exposed worker one healthy, sex and age matched control selected. Total IgE and Specific TDI IgE tests were done for each case and control groups.Results: Among 550 TDI exposed workers, 26(4.7% had asthma symptoms. Nine (34.6% of symptomatic workers who were exposed to TDI were active cigarette consumer versus 3(11.5% unexposed workers, P=0.049(CI= 0.953-17.29 OR=4.059. Nine (34.6% workers had positive family history of atopy versus 1(3.8% unexposed workers, P=0.0138 (CI= 1.45-305.41 OR=13.24. TDI specific IgE was found in 2 TDI exposed workers and 1 unexposed worker (P=0.5. Mean of total IgE was 339.05 in exposed workers (P=0.201.Conclusion: This study provides clinical and paraclinical data of workers exposed to TDI and points to a relation between atopy and smoking habit with asthma symptoms that offer preventing recommendations for TDI exposed workers and their heath administrators.

  4. Job Strain in Shift and Daytime Workers. (United States)

    Knutsson; Nilsson


    Cross-sectional questionnaire data were used to compare the levels of job strain in shift and daytime workers. Job strain was measured according to Karasek's Demands/Discretion model. Four occupational groups were included: drivers, industrial workers, policemen/watchmen, and cooks. The study subjects were a random sample of 508 daytime workers and 418 shift workers. Job demand did not differentiate between shift and daytime workers, comparing groups broken down by gender and by occupation. The daytime workers reported higher levels of job strain than the shift workers, and women experienced a higher level of job strain than did men. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that only occupational group and gender predicted job strain level. Shiftwork was not significantly associated with job strain in the regression model.

  5. Musculoskeletal problems among workers in a garment industry, at Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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    Sreesupria Purushothaman Ravichandran


    Full Text Available Background: Every occupation has its own ill effects on health. Garment workers are denied of their basic rights and less importance is given to their health. Their health status also depends on their access to treatment and availability of healthcare facilities. Aims & Objectives: To estimate the prevalence, health seeking pattern and associated factors for musculoskeletal problems among garment workers and to assess the level of exposure of individual workers to upper limb musculoskeletal loads. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 380 workers in a garment industry, at Tirupur over a period of two months. Interview was conducted using a structured pretested questionnaire including Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and Numerical Pain Rating Scale. Level of exposure to musculoskeletal load was assessed using RULA tool. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 19 version. Results: 77.6% of the workers had musculoskeletal problems. The most common sites affected were neck (32.1%, knee (28.7% and low back (26.6%. More than half of the workers experienced moderate pain in all body parts. 54.2% sought health care and 40% among them preferred government hospital. Only 8.7% workers had acceptable posture. Conclusion: Health problems among garment workers are one of the areas of public health concern in our country. Reducing the work strain and providing a supportive workplace environment will have a favorable impact on work productivity

  6. Organizational work factors among workers and supervisors in export processing zones which support global markets. (United States)

    Del Prado-Lu, Jinky Leilanie


    This is an investigation of the interaction between organizational and management factors at work for both workers and supervisors in the manufacturing sector. Survey was done in a sample consisted of 23 establishments, 630 workers, and 47 supervisors, meanwhile 10 focus group discussions (FGDs) for workers, and 5 FGDs for supervisors. Workers and supervisors alike reported illnesses and job dissatisfaction. Survey showed that the most prevalent issues among workers were: the need to upgrade skills (76.3%), pressured in doing work (60.5%), fast paced work (60.5%), repetitive work (63%), and that work is both physically and mentally tiring (59.7%). On the other hand, supervisors described their work as challenging and stimulating (66%), needed regular upgrading of skills (46.8%), and needed literacy on information technology (31.9%). Focus group discussions showed that workers and supervisors were confronted with stress, fast-paced work, the need to upgrade skills due to accommodation of information technology into the work production, fatigue, re-engineering and downsizing by management, low job control and difficult worker-supervisor relationship. This study was able to show that health of workers and supervisors were affected by both organizational and management factors at work.

  7. Foreign workers in South Korea

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    Su-Jin Lim


    Full Text Available In today’s global age many people cross national borders in search of better work and more wages. According to IOM, more than 100 000 000 workers leave their homeland and migrate to another country for this reason. Europe and North America have already experienced increase in foreign labor for many decades but nowadays, it is very common to see foreign laborers in Asian countries. As the number of foreign laborers rapidly increased, however, so did many social problems in relation to these workers. No country is safe from or immune to such social problems in regards to the foreign workers especially with a much easier and more efficient transportation system. In case of South Korea, the history of foreign labor may not be as long as other nations but as of 2007, it boasts of more than 250 000 foreign laborers and is thus facing just as many social problems as well. In order to investigate such social issues, this article explores the history of foreign laborers and their current situation in South Korea. Furthermore, this artticle examines both internal and external factors which may have caused exponential growth of foreign labor market in South Korea in the past decade.

  8. Sense of responsibility in health workers source of job stress

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    Nedić Olesja


    Full Text Available Job stress is a great problem in developed countries of the world, but in Yugoslavia, it is increased due to additional reasons associated with economic crisis in the society. Health services and health workers are in particulary difficult conditions. The aim of this paper was to examine sources and causes of job stress in health workers. Material and methods The research was undertaken among health workers treated at Health Centre "Hospital" in Novi Sad. The study group included health workers - doctors nurses and laboratory workers, and the control group included the rest of non-medical staff. Adapted Siegrist questionnaire was used. Three factors were examined: extrinsic efforts (disturbances at work, sense of great job responsibility and the need for overtime work; intrinsic efforts (major criticism, thinking about the job from the early morning, getting nervous because of minor problems, discontentment because of unsolved problems at work, relaxation at home and so on, and low reward (respect from the superiors and colleagues, support and security at workplace. Answers were scored indicating intensity (high, moderate, low, not at alt. Statistic analysis included testing the level of significance in health workers in relation to non-medical staff (t test and Fisher's exact test. Results Applying the scoring system it has been established that health workers are exposed to greater job stress, great sense of very high job responsibility and frequent overtime work (p<0,001 than the control group. In regard to answers from the second group - intrinsic effort and low reward, there was no statistical significance between the study and control group. Generally high level of risk factors was established, especially presence of one or more risk factors. Discussion Job stress increases absenteeism, reduces work productivity, causes higher expenses of medical treatment, rehabilitation and staff retraining. It is of great importance to identify factors

  9. Worker programs and resource use: Evidence from better work jordan (United States)

    Robins, Nathan

    This paper examines data collected for the Better Work program in Jordan which aims to protect laborers in the garment industry from poor working conditions. Data are examined to look for benefits to the factories participating in the program beyond improved compliance with labor law. In particular, potential impacts to firm energy use are examined and correlations are tested between electricity use rates and measures of worker outcomes and a number of factory traits such as size and production input costs. Evidence was found to back up work done in Vietnam with regard to resource use and distribution of electricity expenses. It was also found that the type of data being collected is not ideal for examinations of energy, and more direct methods are desirable, and that considerable production obstacles are worker skill level, electricity prices, and to a greater degree in Jordan than in previously examined countries, water prices.

  10. 75 FR 879 - National Starch and Chemical Company Specialty Starches Division Including On-Site Leased Workers... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration National Starch and Chemical Company Specialty Starches Division..., applicable to workers of National Starch and Chemical Company, Specialty Starches Division, Island Falls.... The workers were engaged in the production of drum dried and modified food starches. New...

  11. 76 FR 61749 - SpectraWatt, Inc. Including On-Site Leased Workers From Kelly Services Hopewell Junction, NY... (United States)


    ... the subject firm were engaged in employment related to the production of solar cells for their application in solar panels. The worker group includes on-site leased workers from Kelly Services. During the... articles like or directly competitive with solar cells produced by the subject firm have increased,...




  13. Dermatoses in cement workers in southern Taiwan. (United States)

    Guo, Y L; Wang, B J; Yeh, K C; Wang, J C; Kao, H H; Wang, M T; Shih, H C; Chen, C J


    Construction workers are known to have occupational dermatoses. The prevalence of such dermatoses was unknown in Taiwanese construction workers. The objective of this study was to determine the work exposure, prevalence of skin manifestations, and sensitivity to common contact allergens in cement workers of southern Taiwan. A total of 1147 current regular cement workers were telephone-interviewed about skin problems during the past 12 months, work exposure, and personal protection. Among those interviewed, 166 were examined and patch tested with common contact allergens. A high % of cement workers reported skin problems in the past 12 months. More men (13.9%) reported skin problems possibly related to work than women (5.4%). Prevalence was associated with lower use of gloves, duration of work as cement worker, and more time in jobs involving direct manual handling of cement, especially tiling. A high % of dermatitis was noted in the 166 workers examined, which correlated with reported skin problems. On patch testing, construction workers had a high frequency of sensitivity to chromate. Sensitivity to chromate or cobalt was associated with reported skin problems, or dorsal hand dermatitis on examination. These workers' dermatitis was under-diagnosed and inadequately managed. It is concluded that cement workers in southern Taiwan had a high prevalence of skin problems related to cement use. Protective measures, work practice, and physician education should be improved to prevent or manage such problems.

  14. Illness Absences Among Beryllium Sensitized Workers (United States)

    Watkins, Janice P.; Ellis, Elizabeth D.; Girardi, David J.; Cragle, Donna L.


    Objectives. This study examined absence rates among US Department of Energy workers who had beryllium sensitization (BeS) or were diagnosed with chronic beryllium disease (CBD) compared with those of other workers. Methods. We used the lymphocyte proliferation test to determine beryllium sensitivity. In addition, we applied multivariable logistic regression to compare absences from 2002 to 2011 between workers with BeS or CBD to those without, and survival analysis to compare time to first absence by beryllium sensitization status. Finally, we examined beryllium status by occupational group. Results. Fewer than 3% of the 19 305 workers were BeS, and workers with BeS or CBD had more total absences (odds ratio [OR] = 1.31; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.18, 1.46) and respiratory absences (OR = 1.51; 95% CI = 1.24, 1.84) than did other workers. Time to first absence for all causes and for respiratory conditions occurred earlier for workers with BeS or CBD than for other workers. Line operators and crafts personnel were at increased risk for BeS or CBD. Conclusions. Although not considered “diseased,” workers with BeS have higher absenteeism compared with nonsensitized workers. PMID:25211750

  15. [Occupational risk factors in the biotechnology industry and workers' health status]. (United States)

    Prokhorova, I I


    The mechanisms of the pathogenic effect of microbial cultures used in biotechnological industry and the products of their vital activity on the workers were investigated. A unique classification of the components of the disease incidence with temporary disability is described. The necessity of detecting prepathological conditions and initial occupational affections in the workers for preventing severe consequences of occupational diseases is indicated. On the basis of complex investigations of disease incidence in the workers, revision of the present sanitary and hygienic regulations may be of need.

  16. Saudi demand for Filipino workers: labor migration issues in the Middle East. (United States)

    Smart, J E


    The increased demand for Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia over the past decade is analyzed. The role of the Philippines in the supply of foreign labor is briefly considered. An overview of manpower needs in the Middle East is presented, and the effects of various social, political, and economic features of Saudi Arabian development on the demand for Filipino workers are examined. Issues discussed include the long-term American presence in Saudi Arabia, sensitivity to the impact of foreigners on the work force and on life-style, investment in the welfare of temporary workers, skill requirements, wages and productivity, and political influence.

  17. Montessori-based training makes a difference for home health workers & their clients. (United States)

    Gorzelle, Gregg J; Kaiser, Kathy; Camp, Cameron J


    Home care visits can last several hours. Home care workers are often at a loss on how to fill time spent in homes of clients. The challenge is how to use this time in ways that are productive and engaging for both clients and home health workers. The authors trained home health aides to implement Montessori-based activities while interacting with clients who have dementia. The results were amazing. Among other positive results, the authors found a statistically significant increase in the amount of pleasure displayed by clients after health workers received training.

  18. Seroprevalence of brucellosis in workers of slaughter houses in the municipalities of Tolima (Colombia

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    Diego Fernando Morales Ortegón


    Full Text Available Human brucelosis is usually detected onpersonnel whom keep permanent closer cattle contact or frequently ingestion of inadequatecattle derivated processed products.Methods: A cross-sectional study was designedto determinate the seroprevalence of Brucellainfection in workers of slaughterhouses of theTolima region (Colombia. A group of 186workers were evaluated by using serological testlike rose bengal test, complement fixation testand Elisa.Results: An aproximated 4% prevalence ofBrucella antibodies were detected in the examinatedpopulation. Showy correlation betweenseropositive and hygienic work conditions werefounded.Conclusions: Slaugtherhouses workers have anelevated risk infection due to Unfavorable workhygienical conditions.

  19. [Evaluation of occupational risk for workers producing polyvinyl chloride resin pipes, profiles and fixtures]. (United States)

    Nosko, M; Spasovski, M; Pernov, K; Matakieva, M; Khandzhieva, M; Natskov, L; Sumrova, V; Georgieva, Ia


    Studies are performed on work and hygienic conditions in the production of pipes, profiles and fittings from polyvinylchloride resin, in relation to the toxic factor. Concentrations above TLV are established for vinylchloride, vinylchloride resin dust, phthalates and lead aerosols. Complex clinico-laboratory examinations are carried out on 133 workers, as special attention is paid to the nervous system, liver function, cardio-vascular system and the skeleton system. In 15 workers are established data for toxic effect of vinylchloride, and in other 5 workers - toxic pneumosclerosis, which is a result both from vinylchloride and vinylchloride resin dust. Hygienic and medico-preventive measures are developed.

  20. Age, Wage and Productivity

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    van Ours, J.C.; Stoeldraijer, L.


    Previous empirical studies on the effect of age on productivity and wages find contradicting results. Some studies find that if workers grow older there is an increasing gap between productivity and wages, i.e. wages increase with age while productivity does not or does not increase at the same pace

  1. Scenario based product design

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    Tideman, M.


    Creating good products is not an easy thing to do. There are usually many different people who have an interest in the product. People such as the user, of course, but also marketing managers, production engineers, maintenance workers, recycling specialists, and government representatives, just to n

  2. Induction of oxidative stress in paraquat formulating workers. (United States)

    Ranjbar, Akram; Pasalar, Parvin; Sedighi, Alireza; Abdollahi, Mohammad


    Paraquat as a bipyridyl compound is widely used as an effective herbicide worldwide. In this study, oxidative stress was investigated in blood samples of workers in a pesticide factory, formulating paraquat products for use in agriculture. Controls were age-matched workers with no history of pesticide exposure. They were measured for lipid peroxidation (LPO), antioxidant power and total thiol (SH) groups in blood. The results expressed as mean+/-SD show induction of oxidative stress in workers as revealed by increased plasma LPO (11.46+/-0.99 vs 10.11+/-0.69, P<0.001), decreased plasma antioxidant capacity (1.35+/-0.03 vs 1.54+/-0.05, P<0.001) and plasma SH groups (0.16+/-0.01 vs 0.21+/-0.01, P<0.001) in comparison to those of controls. It is concluded that paraquat-formulating factory workers have elevated LPO and decreased antioxidant power, which may put them in further consequences of oxidative stress.

  3. Contemporary worker and work-related musculoeskeletal diseases / Trabalhador contemporâneo e patologias por hipersolicitação

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    Angela Peña Ghisleni


    Full Text Available Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD– which are also known as Work-Related Musculoeskeletal Disorders (WRMD and have stood out since an economic system rose based on production restructuring- are faced by workers and express suffering stemming from the relations between workers and work. We look into how CTD/WRMD develop in contemporary workers´ body, taking account of their work history and viewing such syndromes as the subjectivation of the relation between workers and work. We favor an interdisciplinary approach based on both the biomedical knowledge and the social psychology, in search for an interface language among the professions that have the same focus– the worker.

  4. [Risk and features of occupational diseases in nonferrous metallurgy workers of Kolsky Transpolar area]. (United States)

    Siurin, S A; Chashchin, V P; Frolova, N M


    The study covered data on 977 cases of occupational diseases in 615 workers of nonferrous metallurgy in Kolsky Transpolar area. Findings are high risk of occupational diseases in workers engaged into electrolysis production of aluminium, all nickel reprocessing and pyrometallic copper reprocessing (GR 7.02-10.0). Electrolysis operators and anode operators of aluminium production are more prone to occupational diseases, with bone and muscular disorders (46.8%) prevalent in the morbidity structure. Respiratory diseases are more prevalent (68.2-100%) in the occupational morbidity structure of copper-nickelindustry workers. Conclusion is made on mandatory improvement of the work conditions and more effective individual protective means against occupational hazards in workers of nonferrous metallurgy in Kolsky Transpolar area.

  5. Would an Increase in High-Skilled Immigration in Canada Benefit Workers?

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    Maxime Fougère


    Full Text Available This study examines the economic and welfare effects of raising the number of high-skilled immigrants in Canada. It uses a life-cycle applied general equilibrium model with endogenous time allocation decisions between work, education, and leisure. According to the simulation results, raising the number of high-skilled immigrants would boost productive capacity and labour productivity but could lower real GDP per capita. In addition, by raising the supply of high-skilled workers, more high-skilled immigrants would reduce the skill premium and the return to human capital. This in turn would lower incentives for young adults to invest in human capital and have a dampening effect on the domestic supply of skilled workers. Finally, it is found that more high-skilled immigrants would be welfare enhancing for medium- and low-skilled workers but welfare decreasing for high-skilled workers.

  6. Determination of chlorophenols in honey samples using in-situ ionic liquid-dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction as a pretreatment method followed by high-performance liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Fan, Chen; Li, Nai; Cao, Xueli


    In-situ ionic liquid-dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (IL-DLLME) method was developed as a pretreatment method for the detection of six chlorophenols (CPs) in honey samples. The hydrophobic ionic liquid [C4MIM][NTf2], formed in-situ by the hydrophilic ionic liquid [C4MIM][BF4] and the ion exchange reagent LiNTf2 was used as the microextractant solvent of CPs from honey sample. Then the enriched analytes were back-extracted into 40 μL of 0.14 M NaOH solution and finally subjected to analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography. The method showed low limit of detection of CPs, 0.8-3.2 μg/L and high enrichment factor, 34-65 with the recoveries range from 91.60% to 114.33%. The method is simple, rapid, environmentally friendly and with high extraction efficiency.

  7. 2-氯酚污染土壤原位臭氧化修复的数学模型%Mathematical Model of In-situ Ozonation for the Remediation of 2-Chlorophenol Contaminated Soil

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    张晖; 宋孟浩; 黄金宝


    A microscopic diffusion-reaction model was developed to simulate in-situ ozonation for the remediation of contaminated soil, i.e., to predict the temporal and spatial distribution of target contaminant in the subsurface.The sequential strategy was employed to obtain the numerical solution of the model using finite difference method. A non-uniform grid of discretization points was employed to increase the accuracy of the numerical solution by means of coordinate transformation. One-dimensional column tests were conducted to verify the model. The column was packed with simulated soils that were spiked with 2-chlorophenol. Ozone gas passed through the column at a flow time intervals. Compared the experimental data with the simulated values, it was found that the mathematical model fitted data well during most time of the experiment.

  8. History of workers' educational movements in the United States (1)



    Workers' education in the United States started as a pioneering movement at the turning of the centuries, developed all over the country in the 19203, and reached its height in of the 1930's. Women workers, college women, and activists of women's movements developed the workers education movement. With this development of Worker's education, women workers began to organize a labor movement for themselves. At first, women workers were a point force for Workers' education within the young labor...

  9. 78 FR 28633 - TE Connectivity, a Subsidiary of Tyco Electronics Corporation, Relay Products Business Unit... (United States)


    ... Products Business Unit Including On-Site Leased Workers From Kelly Services, Diversco and Hagemeyer North... Corporation, Relay Products Business Unit, including on-site leased workers from Kelly Services, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The workers are engaged in activities related to the production of...

  10. Effects of occupational heat exposure on female brick workers in West Bengal, India

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    Moumita Sett


    : We conclude that high heat exposure in brickfields during summer caused physiological strain in both categories of female brickfield workers. A coping strategy employed by the brick carriers was to reduce their walking speed and thus lose part of their earnings. The lost productivity for every degree rise in temperature is about 2% in the brickfields. This reduction will be exacerbated by climate change and may undermine the quality of life of female brickfield workers.

  11. Kinetics Studies On Polyphenoloxidase Catalize P-chlorophenol Oxidzing Reaction in onaqueous System%多酚氧化酶在非水相中催化对氯苯酚氧化反应的动力学研究

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    李华; 霍瑞贞


      In experiment,the polyphenoloxidase was extracted from mushroom by using acetone precipitating method threetimes. And then, it was immobilized by using the absorbentdeposition method with porous glass powder as carriers,It wasstudied to catalize p-chlorophenol oxidizing reaction inchloroform, complys with Michaelis-Menten dynamicmodel.And themoisture content in organic solvent directly affected thecatalytic activity of mushroom polyphenoloxidase. Theoptimum reaction condition for the catalyrtic oxidation of p-chlorophenol in chloroform was determined: pH:7, temperature:25°C, moisture content: 0.5%(v/v).The measured value of dynamic parameters was 29.45kJ. mol-1 for apparent activationenergy,1.058mol. L-1 for Michaelis-Menten kinetics and 9.074×10-2 min-1 for the maximum reaction rate.%  本文用丙酮沉淀法从蘑菇中提取多酚氧化酶,以多孔玻璃粉为载体,用吸附沉积法将酶固定,研究了该酶在氯仿介质中催化对氯苯酚氧化反应的机理遵循米氏(Michaelis-Menten)动力学方程;而且,在有机介质中含水率大小直接影响酶的催化活性.实验测得反应的最佳条件为pH=7.0,温度为25°C,含水率为0.5%(v/v);表观活化能Ea=29.54kJ . mol-1,米氏常数Km=1.058mol . dm-3,最大反应速率rmax=90.74×10-3min-1.

  12. Hollow fiber liquid-liquid-liquid microextraction followed by solid-phase microextraction and in situ derivatization for the determination of chlorophenols by gas chromatography-electron capture detection. (United States)

    Saraji, Mohammad; Ghani, Milad


    A method based on the combination of hollow fiber liquid-liquid-liquid microextraction and solid-phase microextraction (SPME) followed by gas chromatography-electron capture detection was developed for the determination of chlorophenols in water and wastewater samples. Silica microstructures fabricated on the surface of a stainless steel wire were coated by an organic solvent and used as a SPME fiber. The analytes were extracted through a hollow fiber membrane containing n-decane from sample solution to an alkaline aqueous acceptor phase. They were then extracted and in situ derivatized on the SPME fiber using acetic anhydride. Experimental parameters such as the type of extraction solvent, acceptor phase NaOH concentration, donor phase HCl concentration, the amount of derivatizing reagent, salt concentration, stirring rate and extraction time were investigated and optimized. The precision of the method for the analytes at 0.02-30μgL(-1) concentration level ranged from 7.1 to 10.2% (as intra-day relative standard deviation) and 6.4 to 9.8% (as inter-day relative standard deviation). The linear dynamic ranges were in the interval of 5-500μgL(-1), 0.05-5μgL(-1), 0.02-1μgL(-1) and 0.001-0.5μgL(-1) for 2-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol and pentachlorophenol, respectively. The enrichment factors were between 432 and 785. The limits of detection were in the range of 0.0004-1.2μgL(-1). Tap water, well water and wastewater samples were also analyzed to evaluate the method capability for real sample analysis.

  13. 硝氯粉和肝蛭净驱除绵羊肝片吸虫效果的对比试验%Effect of NOx Chlorophenol and Liver Fluke Net against Fasciola Hepatica in Sheep

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    应用硝氯粉和肝蛭净两种药物,采取口服投药方式,分不同剂量,在绵羊肝片吸虫驱虫方面做了对比试验。结果表明:硝氯粉按5mg/kg体重驱虫,肝片吸虫虫卵减少率96.85%;肝蛭净按12mg/kg体重驱虫,虫卵减少率96.74%:二者的驱虫效果差异不大,但在实际操作中,硝氯粉剂量稍大会出现中毒反应,剂量过小则效果不佳,硝氯粉剂量较难控制。建议养畜户在绵羊肝片吸虫驱虫时最好用肝蛭净。%Sheep were used to experiment on effect of NOx ehlorophenol and liver flukd net against Faseiola hepatica. The result showed that the reductive rate of eggs with NOx chlorophenol in dose of 3mg/kg. b w and 5mg/kg . b w were 75.18% and 96.80% ,respectively. The reduetive rate of eggs with liver fluke net in dose of 7mg/kg. b w and 12mg/kg were 67.2% and 100.0%, respectively. The liver fluke net was well than that of NOx chlorophenol for safe and effect.

  14. Health hazards among workers in plastic industry. (United States)

    Helal, Sawsan Farouk; Elshafy, Wessam Sabry


    Styrene is a basic building block for manufacturing thousands of products throughout the world. The present study aimed to (1) detect the presence of styrene and/or its metabolites in the workers in one of the Egyptian plastic factories; (2) demonstrate some common health effects of styrene exposure among the same group by some laboratory investigations and compare them with the unexposed healthy individuals; and (3) correlate the duration of styrene exposure and its level in the blood with the severity of the demonstrated health effects. This study was conducted in one of Egyptian plastic factories. The exposed group was 40 male workers, ranging in age from 18 to 33 years (23.20 ± 4.09), working 12 h/day with 1 day off, and working without any protective equipment. A control group of 50 unexposed healthy males matched with the exposed group for age (21-35 yrs (23.40 ± 4.05)), sex, socioeconomic status, and smoking habit is selected. Written individual consent is obtained from all participants followed by (a) a full medical and occupational history and full clinical examination; (b) ventilatory function tests: forced vital capacity (FVC), slow vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in the 1st second (FEV₁)%, FEV₁/FVC%, peak expiratory flow, and mid-expiratory flow 25-75%; (c) analyses of β₂ microglobulin; blood styrene level; and urinary mandelic acid; and (d) cytogenetic study. The study results showed a statistically significant difference between the exposed and the control groups as regard the blood styrene level, urinary mandelic acid level, β₂ microgloblin in urine, and chromosomal study. The study also showed a statistically significant correlation between the duration of styrene exposure and ventilatory function parameters, also between the duration of styrene exposure and some detectable chromosomal aberrations. Our study recommends the implementation of preemployment and periodic medical examinations and health education programs using

  15. Factors affecting frontline workers' satisfaction with supervision. (United States)

    Noelker, Linda S; Ejaz, Farida K; Menne, Heather L; Bagaka's, Joshua G


    Objective. This research was guided by a stress and support model to examine the effects of frontline workers' background characteristics, personal stressors, job-related stressors, and workplace support on satisfaction with supervision. Method. Survey data were collected from 644 workers in 49 long-term-care settings that employed them. Regression analysis were used to determine the effects of worker level and then Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) and organizational factors on the outcome. Results. Although all four variable categories made significant contributions to explaining satisfaction with supervision, the most powerful were personal stressors and job-related stressors. Results from HLM analysis showed frontline workers in nursing homes and those employed in for-profit organizations had lower levels of satisfaction with supervision. Discussion. Findings suggest organizational interventions to address workers' financial and health issues and management practices such as better training programs and peer mentoring could enhance workers' satisfaction with supervision.

  16. Do working environment interventions reach shift workers?

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    Nabe-Nielsen, Kirsten; Jørgensen, Marie Birk; Garde, Anne Helene


    to some extent explained the lack of reach of interventions especially among fixed evening workers. CONCLUSIONS: In the light of the evidence of shift workers' stressful working conditions, we suggest that future studies focus on the generalizability of results of the present study and on how to reach......PURPOSE: Shift workers are exposed to more physical and psychosocial stressors in the working environment as compared to day workers. Despite the need for targeted prevention, it is likely that workplace interventions less frequently reach shift workers. The aim was therefore to investigate whether....... The questions concerned usual working hours, quality of leadership, and self-reported implementation of workplace activities aimed at stress reduction, reorganization of the working hours, and participation in improvements of working procedures or qualifications. RESULTS: Compared with day workers, shift...

  17. [Vibration hazards in quarry workers]. (United States)

    Sakakibara, H; Miyao, M; Nakagawa, T; Yamada, S; Kobayashi, F; Ono, Y; Iwata, M; Hisanaga, N; Momoi, N


    Vibration hazards were surveyed in a population of quarry workers using chipping hammers and to a lesser extent, rock drills. Sixty-nine male quarry workers, aged 49.1 +/- 8.7 and exposed to vibration for 16.4 +/- 5.1 years, were surveyed in 1981-82. They were exposed to vibration for about 2-4 hours per days, mainly under a piece-work pay system. They had a high prevalence of Raynaud's phenomenon (36.2%) and numbness in upper extremities (53.6%). It is considered that the high prevalence was mainly due to large vibration levels in chipping hammers and rock drills and long daily exposure time. The attacks of Raynaud's phenomenon were found predominantly in the left hand, which held chisels, whereas the restriction of motion in the elbow was predominantly in the right arm which pushed chipping hammers. The same 49 male quarry workers in this population were also surveyed in 1976-77 and the prevalence of their complaints between 1976-77 and 1981-82 was compared. The prevalence of Raynaud's phenomenon was the same, but the frequency of the attacks increased between the two periods. The prevalence of other complaints such as numbness, pain and chills in the upper extremities also increased. Between 1976-77 and 1981-82, the prevalence of Raynaud's phenomenon, numbness, and pain in the upper extremities increased in the population of quarriers exposed to vibration for above 2.6 hours per day and 200 days per year, or 600 hours per year. On the other hand, the prevalence of these complaints mostly decreased in the population of quarriers with less exposure.

  18. Measurement Research on Industrial Workers in China


    Wang Weixin; Wang Xu; Deng Lei; Gao Jia


    The paper studied the factors that made the new generation of migrant workers transform in to the industrial workers by the questionnaire for them in china. On the basis of analyzing the characteristics of the new generation of migrant worker groups, the implementation approaches of their industrialization has been researched from the following four aspects: their on quality, psychological identity, economic base and social environment with the help of structural equation modle. Measures that...

  19. Balancing parallel assembly lines with disabled workers


    Araújo, Felipe F. B.; Costa,Alysson M.; Miralles, Cristóbal


    We study an assembly line balancing problem that occurs in sheltered worker centers for the disabled, where workers with very different characteristics are present. We are interested in the situation in which parallel assembly lines are allowed and name the resulting problem as parallel assembly line worker assignment and balancing problem. We present a linear mixed-integer formulation and a four-stage heuristic algorithm. Computational results with a large set of instances recently proposed ...

  20. A produção científica sobre riscos ocupacionais a que estão expostos os trabalhadores de enfermagem La producción científica sobre riesgos ocupacionales a que están expuestos los trabajadores de enfermería The scientific production about occupational risks to which the nursing workers are exposed

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    Magda Ribeiro de Castro


    ó reducido énfasis dispensado a la subjetividad del trabajador de enfermería asociada a la temática estudiada, sugiriendo lagunas en esta área de conocimiento. Se hace necesaria la reflexión de estos riesgos en la enfermería, prestando atención para su identificación, detección y control.Study carried out on the Master of the Nursing College Anna Nery, inserted on the Research on Nursing and Worker Health Center of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Object: the scientific production about occupational risks to which the nursing workers are exposed Goals: surveying the scientific production of stricto sensu studies about the occupational risks among the nursing workers, identifying the approach (objective or subjective about these risks and analyze the risks presented. Bibliographical and quantitative study of the 42 abstracts published on the Unit of Nursing Studies and Researches from 1979 until 2004. More expressive risks: biological ones, followed by the chemical, psycho-social ones and, on lesser scale, physical, from accidents and ergonomic ones. A reduced emphasis is given to the subjectivity of the nursing worker associated to the studied subject, which suggests a gap on this domain of knowledge. It is necessary to reflect about these risks on nursing, paying attention to their identification, detection and control.

  1. The Research of Cenozoic Migrant Worker Satisfaction

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    The phenomenon of Cenozoic migrant worker shortage is a realism problem of China's enterprise,and Cenozoic migrant worker has become an important force occupied the social structure.So the study of Cenozoic migrant worker's status and the demand is imperative.Understand employees"both psychological and physiological satisfaction of enterprises'environmental factors,and make some corresponding changes is of great help to reduce the employee turnover rate.This paper commenced to research from the Cenozoic migrant worker's characteristics,analyzed conditions and puts forward the corresponding countermeasures.

  2. Tax reform for low-wage workers. (United States)

    Seipel, M M


    As a result of the recent implementation of work-oriented antipoverty programs, more welfare recipients can be expected to be working in low-wage jobs. With these jobs there is little hope that these workers' incomes will rise above the poverty level. One way to help support these low-wage workers is through tax reform. Although low-wage workers pay little or no federal tax, they still pay high payroll and local taxes. To help such workers keep more of their earnings, refundable taxes like earned income tax credit and child refund taxes should be expanded, and sales taxes on food should be eliminated.

  3. Medical surveillance of occupationally exposed workers

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    The guide covers medical surveillance of workers engaged in radiation work and their fitness for this work, protection of the foetus and infant during the worker's pregnancy or breastfeeding, and medical surveillance measures to be taken when the dose limit has been exceeded. The guide also covers recognition of practitioners responsible for medical surveillance of category A workers, medical certificates to be issued to workers, and preservation and transfer of medical records. The medical surveillance requirements specified in this Guide cover the use of radiation and nuclear energy. The guide also applies to exposure to natural radiation in accordance with section 28 of the Finnish Radiation Decree

  4. Personal exposure to inhalable cement dust among construction workers. (United States)

    Peters, Susan; Thomassen, Yngvar; Fechter-Rink, Edeltraud; Kromhout, Hans


    Objective- A case study was carried out to assess cement dust exposure and its determinants among construction workers and for comparison among workers in cement and concrete production.Methods- Full-shift personal exposure measurements were performed and samples were analysed for inhalable dust and its cement content. Exposure variability was modelled with linear mixed models.Results- Inhalable dust concentrations at the construction site ranged from 0.05 to 34 mg/m(3), with a mean of 1.0 mg/m(3). Average concentration for inhalable cement dust was 0.3 mg/m(3) (GM; range 0.02-17 mg/m(3)). Levels in the ready-mix and pre-cast concrete plants were on average 0.5 mg/m(3) (GM) for inhalable dust and 0.2 mg/m(3) (GM) for inhalable cement dust. Highest concentrations were measured in cement production, particularly during cleaning tasks (inhalable dust GM = 55 mg/m(3); inhalable cement dust GM = 33 mg/m(3)) at which point the workers wore personal protective equipment. Elemental measurements showed highest but very variable cement percentages in the cement plant and very low percentages during reinforcement work and pouring. Most likely other sources were contributing to dust concentrations, particularly at the construction site. Within job groups, temporal variability in exposure concentrations generally outweighed differences in average concentrations between workers. 'Using a broom', 'outdoor wind speed' and 'presence of rain' were overall the most influential factors affecting inhalable (cement) dust exposure.Conclusion- Job type appeared to be the main predictor of exposure to inhalable (cement) dust at the construction site. Inhalable dust concentrations in cement production plants, especially during cleaning tasks, are usually considerably higher than at the construction site.

  5. Establishment of Evaluation Index System of Migrant Workers' Entrepreneurial Competence


    Hu, Bao


    Taking evaluation of migrant workers' entrepreneurial competence as the research content, this paper first defines the migrant workers' entrepreneurial characteristics and the connotation of migrant workers' entrepreneurial competence; on the basis of this, from entrepreneurial thinking competence, behaviour competence, and language competence of migrant workers, this paper establishes evaluation index system of migrant workers' entrepreneurial competence. We use Analytic Hierarchy Process, e...

  6. Workplace Bullying among Healthcare Workers

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    María José Montero-Simó


    Full Text Available This paper aims to assess consistent predictors through the use of a sample that includes different actors from the healthcare work force to identify certain key elements in a set of job-related organizational contexts. The utilized data were obtained from the 5th European Working Conditions Survey, conducted in 2010 by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. In light of these objectives, we collected a subsample of 284 health professionals, some of them from the International Standard Classification of Occupations—subgroup 22—(ISCO-08. The results indicated that the chance of a healthcare worker referring to him/herself as bullied increases among those who work on a shift schedule, perform monotonous and rotating tasks, suffer from work stress, enjoy little satisfaction from their working conditions, and do not perceive opportunities for promotions in their organizations. The present work summarizes an array of outcomes and proposes within the usual course of events that workplace bullying could be reduced if job demands were limited and job resources were increased. The implications of these findings could assist human resource managers in facilitating, to some extent, good social relationships among healthcare workers.

  7. Evaluation of the demanded physical effort and posture of workers in forest nursery activity

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    Eduardo da Silva Lopes


    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to evaluate the physical effort demanded and the posture of the workers in forest nursery activities and to propose an ergonomic reorganization to improve the security and health levels of workers. The study was carried out with workers of a forestry company located in Parana State, Brazil. The physical effort demanded was evaluation with in a survery of the workers cardiac frequency in different stages of the work using a Polar monitor from Finlandia and work classified in categories as proposed by Apud (1997. To evaluation posture the workers were filmed during the performance of his activities and the data submitted to the software WinOwas of analysis of postures. The results indicated that the work stages considered of higher physical exigency were the substrate preparation and transport of seedlings in polythene bags to vegetation home with cardiac frequency of 120 and 115 bpm and cardiovascular load of 42% and 37%, respectively, with the activities classified as average heavy. The critical posture to workers was at removal substrate in concrete-mixer, due an overload of lumbar column. The seedling production activity showed the necessity of the correction at posture of the workers because in 97% of the total time they stand with the lumbar column curved. It is possible to conclude that the forestry company should take preventive measures to avoid backaches, using educational strategies or changing the operational system.

  8. Health Status of the Female Workers in the Garment Sector of Bangladesh

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    Shaheen AHMED


    Full Text Available Readymade Garment (RMG Sector in Bangladesh has been playing a vital role in creating employment opportunity for the rural marginal people for the last two decades. At present 5,100 garment factories are operating in this country and 3.6 million workers are working there in which more than 80 percent of them are female. From the beginning it is largely apparent that the health status of the female garment workers is not well enough to do their work properly. Keeping this in mind, the study was conducted to find out the health status of the female workers. In this study, 200 female workers of Bangladesh were interviewed to identify the major diseases they experienced. The study reveals that the majority of the female workers in the garment sector suffer from the diseases like problems in bones, abortion complexity, dermatitis, back pain, eye stain, pruritus, malnutrition, respiratory problems, hepatitis (Jandice, gastric pain, fatigue, fever, abdomen pain, common cold, and helminthiasis. The policy makers and other concern bodies should take necessary measures to ensure good health of the garment workers. It will help female workers to be more productive and their contribution to the country will be enhanced.

  9. Worker participation and autonomy: a multilevel approach to democracy at the workplace. (United States)

    Gardell, B


    The article describes a process toward democracy at the workplace in a Swedish middle-sized manufacturing company producing for the export market. The change process was initiated and engineered by the trade union local in close cooperation with management. Within an overall strategy for increased worker control, the democratized work organization combines co-determination for the local trade union board in strategic management decisions with a system of autonomous production groups, where supervisors have been replaced by "contact people" elected by and responsible to the groups. Through the autonomous groups, all workers participate in decisions about production. The groups decide on all matters related to work performance and take collective responsibility for production results. As an introduction to the case, the paper puts this trade union model for democracy at the workplace in the perspective of a 50-year development of productivity and worker participation in Scandinavia. The case report deals both with the change process (why and how it came about) and with the outcome of the new work organization for the workers, the union, and the company. It is shown that the new work organization has meant a richer job content, increased dignity for workers, increased solidarity among workers, increased trade union activity and strength, as well as a more effective use of productive resources in the company. Despite local peculiarities, it is concluded that the experiences gained from this case can be transferred to other workplaces where workers are interested in having more say, more security, and a more meaningful work situation.

  10. Food supplementation for workers: flour enriched with omega -3

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    Adriana Nery de Oliveira


    Full Text Available The objective of this study was preparing a product (omega-3 flour to increase the nutritional value of the food for workers concerning the content of omega-3 fatty acids (n-3 FA. The omega-3 flour was prepared using waste (head sardines and leaves of carrot, flaxseed flour, manioc flour and spices. The fatty acids (FA concentration was analyzed by gas chromatography. A total of 28 FA were identified in the omega-3 flour. The concentration of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA were 329.23mg EPA 100 g-1 omega-3 flour and 545.35 mg DHA 100 g-1 omega-3 flour. To meet the minimum requirements of omega -3, it is necessary the intake 2.5 to 3 tablespoons (soup of omega-3 flour day-1.There were analyzed two meals (A and B generally consumed by workers without and with the addition of the omega-3 flour (1 and 2 tablespoons to verify if there was an increase of n-3 FA. It was concluded that there was a significant increase of these FA in both meals. It was found that the omega-3 flour is constituted of a good nutritional value, especially the n-3 FA, so the product can be used as a supplement in the feeding of the workers as well as in other segments.

  11. 77 FR 40637 - Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Containerboard Mill, Including On-Site Leased Workers From... (United States)


    ... Employment and Training Administration Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Containerboard Mill, Including On... to workers of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Containerboard Mill, Ontonagon, Michigan including... used in the production of corrugated containers (cardboard boxes). The company reports that...

  12. Affective and personality disturbances among female former microelectronics workers. (United States)

    Bowler, R M; Mergler, D; Rauch, S S; Harrison, R; Cone, J


    The production and manufacture of microelectronic components, carried out primarily by women workers, require extensive use of organic solvents. Affective and personality disturbances frequently have been associated with organic solvent toxicity. A group of women, former microelectronics workers (N = 70), primarily of Hispanic origin (77.1%) but raised in the United States, were evaluated for affective and personality disturbance with the MMPI. Profiles were analyzed, and diagnostic classification was performed blind. Results showed that (1) 85.7% of the profiles indicated abnormally high clinical elevations; and (2) MMPI profile classification revealed four clinical diagnostic groups: somatoform (24.3%), depression (15.7%), anxiety (28.6%), and psychotic (14.3%). These findings indicate significant psychopathology among these women, who formerly had worked in a microelectronics plant. The patterns of impairment present similarities to previous reports of organic solvent toxicity.

  13. Crisis Workers' Attributions for Domestic Violence. (United States)

    Madden, Margaret E.

    Attributions affect coping with victimization. Battered women who blame their husbands' moods are less likely to leave than are women who blame their husbands' permanent characteristics for the violence. Abused women often have repeated contacts with crisis intervention workers and the attitudes of those workers may affect the attributions made by…

  14. Emotional Exhaustion in Day-Care Workers (United States)

    Løvgren, Mette


    Although childcare workers have the second-worst occupation for work-related health problems and the number of professional day-care centers is growing throughout Europe, few studies have examined these workers' emotional well-being. This study investigates the effect of position, competence, work role, role clarity, and work tasks on emotional…

  15. 48 CFR 836.577 - Workers' compensation. (United States)


    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Workers' compensation. 836.577 Section 836.577 Federal Acquisition Regulations System DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SPECIAL...' compensation. The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.236-86, Workers' compensation,...

  16. Gold-Collar Workers. ERIC Digest. (United States)

    Wonacott, Michael E.

    The gold-collar worker has problem-solving abilities, creativity, talent, and intelligence; performs non-repetitive and complex work difficult to evaluate; and prefers self management. Gold-collar information technology workers learn continually from experience; recognize the synergy of teams; can demonstrate leadership; and are strategic thinkers…

  17. Teaching and Cultivating Workers of the Future (United States)

    Boiko, I.


    The Donetsk Vocational-Technical School No. 1 began in 1963 training specialist workers in the mining industry with a secondary education. The school has facilities for general education along with vocational training thereby encouraging a combination of education and labor development and future party workers. (Author/SM)

  18. Children of Migrant Workers: Exploring the Issues (United States)

    Bercaw, Lynne; Colby, Susan; Pacifici, Linda; Oldendorf, Sandra; Groce, Robin; Groce, Eric


    The topic of migrant workers is commonplace among headlines in the national news, but such workers have been part of the United States economy for at least seventy-five years, as can be seen in decades of enrollment records in K-12 schools. In this article, the authors discuss an integrated unit of study which integrates language arts and social…

  19. Migrant Workers and the Changing Psychological Contract (United States)

    Morgan, Arthur; Finniear, Jocelyn


    Purpose: The influx of migrant workers in the UK has widespread interest. This group's experience of the British work place has evoked considerable debate ranging from the potential to be exploited through unscrupulous practices to allegations about taking away jobs from British workers. The purpose of this paper is to extend knowledge about the…

  20. 78 FR 25561 - Workers Memorial Day, 2013 (United States)


    ... world's most talented, driven, effective labor force. American workers power our homes and feed our... the world. Together, they form the backbone of our economy. As a Nation, we have an obligation to... often led to poverty and starvation. From mine shafts to railroads to factory floors, workers began...




  2. Women Workers Commissions of the Trade Unions

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    AT the 12th National Congress of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions(ACFTU) held in 1988 a large number of women deputies put forward the proposal that women workers commissions be established in trade unions to strengthen the role of female workers in economic

  3. Eryptosis in lead-exposed workers

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    Aguilar-Dorado, Itzel-Citlalli [Biochemistry Department, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados IPN, México, DF (Mexico); Hernández, Gerardo [Section of Methodology of Science, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados IPN, México, DF (Mexico); Quintanar-Escorza, Martha-Angelica [Faculty of Medicine, UJED, Durango, DGO (Mexico); Maldonado-Vega, María [CIATEC, León, GTO (Mexico); Rosas-Flores, Margarita [Biochemistry Department, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados IPN, México, DF (Mexico); Calderón-Salinas, José-Víctor, E-mail: [Biochemistry Department, Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados IPN, México, DF (Mexico)


    Eryptosis is a physiological phenomenon in which old and damaged erythrocytes are removed from circulation. Erythrocytes incubated with lead have exhibited major eryptosis. In the present work we found evidence of high levels of eryptosis in lead exposed workers possibly via oxidation. Blood samples were taken from 40 male workers exposed to lead (mean blood lead concentration 64.8 μg/dl) and non-exposed workers (4.2 μg/dl). The exposure to lead produced an intoxication characterized by 88.3% less δ-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (δALAD) activity in lead exposed workers with respect to non-lead exposed workers. An increment of oxidation in lead exposed workers was characterized by 2.4 times higher thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance (TBARS) concentration and 32.8% lower reduced/oxidized glutathione (GSH/GSSG) ratio. Oxidative stress in erythrocytes of lead exposed workers is expressed in 192% higher free calcium concentration [Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i} and 1.6 times higher μ-calpain activity with respect to non-lead exposed workers. The adenosine triphosphate (ATP) concentration was not significantly different between the two worker groups. No externalization of phosphatidylserine (PS) was found in non-lead exposed workers (< 0.1%), but lead exposed workers showed 2.82% externalization. Lead intoxication induces eryptosis possibly through a molecular pathway that includes oxidation, depletion of reduced glutathione (GSH), increment of [Ca{sup 2+}], μ-calpain activation and externalization of PS in erythrocytes. Identifying molecular signals that induce eryptosis in lead intoxication is necessary to understand its physiopathology and chronic complications. - Graphical abstract: Fig. 1. (A) Blood lead concentration (PbB) and (B) phosphatidylserine externalization on erythrocyte membranes of non-lead exposed (□) and lead exposed workers (■). Values are mean ± SD. *Significantly different (P < 0.001). - Highlights: • Erythrocytes of lead exposed workers

  4. Older Workers in the European Community, Japan, and Canada. (United States)

    Drury, Elizabeth; And Others


    Includes "Older Workers in the European Community: Pervasive Discrimination, Little Awareness" (Drury); "Aging Workers in Japan: From Reverence to Redundance" (Takada); and "Canada's Labor Market: Older Workers Need Not Apply" (David). (JOW)

  5. Differential antennal proteome comparison of adult honeybee drone, worker and queen (Apis mellifera L.). (United States)

    Fang, Yu; Song, Feifei; Zhang, Lan; Aleku, Dereje Woltedji; Han, Bin; Feng, Mao; Li, Jianke


    To understand the olfactory mechanism of honeybee antennae in detecting specific volatile compounds in the atmosphere, antennal proteome differences of drone, worker and queen were compared using 2-DE, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics. Therefore, 107 proteins were altered their expressions in the antennae of drone, worker and queen bees. There were 54, 21 and 32 up-regulated proteins in the antennae of drone, worker and queen, respectively. Proteins upregulated in the drone antennae were involved in fatty acid metabolism, antioxidation, carbohydrate metabolism and energy production, protein folding and cytoskeleton. Proteins upregulated in the antennae of worker and queen bees were related to carbohydrate metabolism and energy production while molecular transporters were upregulated in the queen antennae. Our results explain the role played by the antennae of drone is to aid in perceiving the queen sexual pheromones, in the worker antennae to assist for food search and social communication and in the queen antennae to help pheromone communication with the worker and the drone during the mating flight. This first proteomic study significantly extends our understanding of honeybee olfactory activities and the possible mechanisms played by the antennae in response to various environmental, social, biological and biochemical signals.

  6. The migrant worker: visible, yet invisible. (United States)

    Win, Aung


    Immigrant workers are a vulnerable and underserved population. The average life expectancy of the migrant worker is 49 years, compared to 77.2 years for most Americans. Immigrant workers have a higher disease burden than other populations and work in occupations with high hazard levels. In addition, they have low socioeconomic levels and face many barriers to accessing healthcare services. Undocumented immigrant workers are excluded in the Affordable Care Act. Health professionals must be attuned to the health issues of new immigrants so that they can provide better services. In order to raise the health standards of America, health professionals must provide healthcare for all, including immigrant workers.

  7. Strong trade unions meet EEC workers

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    Andersen, Søren Kaj; Hansen, Jens Arnholtz


    Although Denmark has not experienced an increase in the number of migrant workers from Eastern Europe to same degree as the UK or Ireland, Danish unions in the construction sector are concerned that the collective bargaining system could be undermined by the presence of Eastern European Country...... (EEC) workers. The argument is that migrant and, in particular, posted workers' conditions of employment often are characterised by evasions of collective agreements, whether in the form of underpayment or other violations of terms and conditions specified in the agreements. However, the trade union...... with distrust on behalf of the migrants. Or should they focus first and foremost on the workplace and aim to organise the EEC workers? Or might they be able to do both? In this article we describe problems and challenges trade unions have faced due to the presence of EEC workers in the Danish construction...

  8. Client Abuse to Public Welfare Workers

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    Strøbæk, Pernille Solveig; Korczynski, Marek


    market economy – in which workers are accorded power and resources, in which workers tend to frame the abuse as the outcome of a co-citizen caught in system failure and in which workers demonstrate some resilience to abuse. Another expectation is that New Public Management reforms push the case to follow......We analyse a case study of workers’ experience of client abuse in a Danish public welfare organisation. We make an original contribution by putting forward two different theoretical expectations of the case. One expectation is that the case follows a pattern of customer abuse processes in a social...... patterns of customer abuse associated with a liberal market economy – in which the customer is treated as sovereign against the relatively powerless worker, and in which workers bear heavy emotional costs of abuse. Our findings show a greater match to the social processes of abuse within a social market...

  9. Client Abuse to Public Welfare Workers:

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    Strøbæk, Pernille Solveig; Korczynski, Marek


    We analyse a case study of workers’ experience of client abuse in a Danish public welfare organisation. We make an original contribution by putting forward two different theoretical expectations of the case. One expectation is that the case follows a pattern of customer abuse processes in a social...... market economy – in which workers are accorded power and resources, in which workers tend to frame the abuse as the outcome of a co-citizen caught in system failure and in which workers demonstrate some resilience to abuse. Another expectation is that New Public Management reforms push the case to follow...... patterns of customer abuse associated with a liberal market economy – in which the customer is treated as sovereign against the relatively powerless worker, and in which workers bear heavy emotional costs of abuse. Our findings show a greater match to the social processes of abuse within a social market...

  10. Occupational risks for health of the workers of the chemical complex

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    E.T. Valeyeva


    Full Text Available The article summarizes the materials of long-term studies to assess the working conditions, state of health in workers of the chemical industry - mainly manufacturers of ethylbenzene, styrene, olefin oxides, rocket fuel. It was found that the most adverse working conditions are typical for the production of heptyl, rubber and fiberglass. The causal relationships of working conditions in the form of an increased incidence of early (pre-clinical stages of occupational diseases, as well as major chronic non-communicable diseases, are identified. It is shown that depending on the tropism, mechanism of action and intensity of the chemical factor a clear staging of the development of pathological changes in the body is recorded. A very high degree of professional conditionality of early toxic hepatitis stages (biliary dyskinesia in a heptyl production operator was determined, as well as initial manifestations of autonomic-sensory polyneuropathy in hands of the workers splicing rubber products, specific changes of the hand skin in glass production operators. Production-related diseases with a high degree of conditionality in certain categories of workers include diseases of the musculoskeletal system; hypertension had an average degree of conditionality. During in-depth medical examination of 2411 workers it was found that the largest number of healthy individuals were identified in the bulk manufacture of ethylbenzene – styrene (54.7 %, and olefin oxide (35,0 % of the number of inspected workers, the least number (12 % – in the manufacture of rubber products. The remaining workers demonstrated the pathology of various organs and systems. Based on the results of risk assessment and professional damage to the workers’ health the chemical productions are ranked according to their degree of danger, a system of preventive measures and risk management principles has been developed. The programme implementation resulted in the positive effect of more

  11. Investigation and Study on Employment Status of Migrant Workers in Heilongjiang Province

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    Zhao Ji-ying; Wang Yao


    With the gradual acceleration of urbanization speed and continuous improvements of agricultural productivity, the number of migrant workers is increasing. The living conditions of this group in cities determine the quality of urbanization in China, and are of great and far-reaching significance to Chinese construction of comprehensive well-off society. This study took the migrant workers in Heilongjiang Province as the research object, and took the representative new-generation migrant workers as the respondent to have a comprehensive analysis of the employment status. The study focused on these aspects, such as nature information, employment selection, employment quality, and social security, etc. Finally, it provided valuable ideas and methods on the reasonable solutions of the employment problems of the migrant workers to better increase farmers' income and improve their living qualities.

  12. Research on the Factors of Fatigue of Coal Mine Workers and Its Control Measures

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    Zhang Jing-Gang


    Full Text Available China is the largest coal producer in the world, it play a important role in the international field of coal production, but due to the frequent occurrence of coal mining accidents, it cause a enormous damage to the state's manpower and material resources. This article on research of the cause of the coal mining accident, it describes the fatigue of the coal mine workers assignment is the main cause of the accident and the threat to the safety of workers, and points out the important factors in ergonomics. MMEC theory is introduced and using for reference MMEC theory, finding out influence the cause of the coal mine worker fatigue, and combined with the relevant laws and regulations system to control and reduce the proposed method of coal mine worker fatigue to reduce and prevent the occurrence of coal mine accidents have some guidance Significance.

  13. Migration and Health in the Construction Industry: Culturally Centering Voices of Bangladeshi Workers in Singapore (United States)

    Dutta, Mohan J.


    Construction workers globally face disproportionate threats to health and wellbeing, constituted by the nature of the work they perform. The workplace fatalities and lost-time injuries experienced by construction workers are significantly greater than in other forms of work. This paper draws on the culture-centered approach (CCA) to dialogically articulate meanings of workplace risks and injuries, voiced by Bangladeshi migrant construction workers in Singapore. The narratives voiced by the participants suggest an ecological approach to workplace injuries in the construction industries, attending to food insecurity, lack of sleep, transportation, etc. as contextual features of work that shape the risks experienced at work. Moreover, participant voices point to the barriers in communication, lack of understanding, and experiences of incivility as features of work that constitute the ways in which they experience injury risks. The overarching discourses of productivity and efficiency constitute a broader climate of threats to worker safety and health. PMID:28146056

  14. Heat exposure in sugarcane workers in Costa Rica during the non-harvest season

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    Jennifer Crowe


    Full Text Available This observational pilot study was carried out at three sugarcane companies in Costa Rica. Its main objective was to determine the potential for heat stress conditions for workers in one sugarcane-growing region in Costa Rica during the maintenance (non-harvest period.Wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT variables were measured with a heat stress meter and threshold value limits and the Sweat Rate Indexes were calculated for each workplace. It was determined that workers in this study were in heat stress conditions. Costa Rica is likely to experience warmer temperatures and increased heat waves in the coming decades. It is therefore important to take action to decrease current and future heat-related risks for sugarcane workers in both harvest and non-harvest conditions and in all sugarcane growing regions in Costa Rica. It is also necessary to improve guidelines and occupational health standards for protecting worker health and productivity in the tropics.

  15. Study on Undertaking-starting of New Generation Migrant Workers


    Lu, Chuang; Liu, Wanzhao


    New generation migrant workers have become mainstay of China’s migrant workers and also major builders of China’s urbanization process. Compared with last generation migrant workers, new generation migrant workers have greater awareness of starting an undertaking. In the new trend, undertaking-starting is inevitable for new generation migrant workers. This study analyzed problems encountered by new generation migrant workers in the course of starting an undertaking. It reached conclusions...

  16. Comparative study of the ultrastructure and secretory dynamic of hypopharyngeal glands in queens, workers and males of Scaptotrigona postica Latreille (Hymenoptera, Apinae, Meliponini). (United States)

    da Costa, R A; Cruz-Landim, C


    The secretory cycle of hypopharyngeal glands (HPGs) in Scaptotrigona postica resembles that of Apis mellifera: in newly emerged workers the HPGs are in prefunctional state, their maximum development happens in the nurse workers and in forager workers they show signs of reabsorption. In S. postica these glands are also present in queens and males where they are more developed in newly emerged individuals. The ultrastructural features of the HPG secretory cycle in workers of S. postica and A. mellifera are alike: granular endoplasmic reticulum well developed, large secretion masses around the intracellular canaliculus in nurse workers and extensive degenerative structures in forager workers. Then it is suggested that the HPG secrete similar substances in both species. A second secretory cycle seems to occur in early foragers, may be with production of enzymes. The role of the HPGs in queens and males remains unknown but one possibility is enzyme production.

  17. Whole-body measurements of workers occupationally exposed to radionuclides at IPEN/CNEN-SP

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    Cardoso, Joaquim Carlos S.; Xavier, Marcos, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The intake of radioactive material by workers can occur in the radiopharmaceuticals production, during the handling of these in the medical fields (nuclear medicine) and in biological and research laboratories. The workers who work in areas where exposures are significant are routinely monitored to demonstrate that the workers are receiving adequate protection from internal contamination. Direct measurements of whole-body and thyroid contents provide an estimate of the activity of these radionuclides in the potentially exposed workers. The whole-body measurements of the workers, trainees and visitors are routinely performed by the In Vivo Monitoring Laboratory (LMIV) of the Energy and Nuclear Research Institute (IPEN/CNEN-SP). The frequency of measurements is defined by the Radioprotection Service (SRP) and the Dose Calculation Group of IPEN. For this purpose LMIV has two counters, whole body. NaITl (8 x 4”), and thyroid one, NaITl (3 x 3”). The system was calibrated in energy and efficiency, with calibration sources of Eu-152, Am-241 and Co-60 with gamma emissions between 59.54 and 1408.08 keV, positioned within Alderson Research Labs. anthropomorphic phantom. The background measures were obtained of worker's spectrum that was not exposed occupationally yet. The concepts adopted in the HPS N13.30 Standard and proposed in ISO documents for standardization were used for activity measurements. During the period January 2010 to December 2014, approximately 4500 measurements had been carried in workers who develop tasks related to the production and research. The activities of the radionuclides and the workers' tasks relationship had been evaluated. (author)

  18. Mercury in dental amalgam: Are our health care workers at risk? (United States)

    Sahani, M; Sulaiman, N S; Tan, B S; Yahya, N A; Anual, Z F; Mahiyuddin, W R Wan; Khan, M F; Muttalib, K A


    Dental amalgam in fillings exposes workers to mercury. The exposure to mercury was investigated among 1871 dental health care workers. The aim of the study was to evaluate the risk of mercury exposure among dental compared to nondental health care workers and to determine other risk factors for mercury exposure. Respondents answered questionnaires to obtain demographic, personal, professional, and workplace information and were examined for their own amalgam fillings. Chronic mercury exposure was assessed through urinary mercury levels. In total, 1409 dental and 462 nondental health care workers participated in the study. Median urine mercury levels for dental and nondental health care workers were 2.75 μg/L (interquartile range [IQR] = 3.0175) and 2.66 μg/L (IQR = 3.04) respectively. For mercury exposure, there were no significant risk factor found among the workers involved within the dental care. The Mann-Whitney test showed that urine mercury levels were significantly different between respondents who eat seafood more than 5 times per week compared to those who eat it less frequently or not at all (p = 0.003). The urinary mercury levels indicated significant difference between dental workers in their practice using squeeze cloths (Mann-Whitney test, p = 0.03). Multiple logistic regression showed that only the usage of cosmetic products that might contain mercury was found to be significantly associated with the urinary mercury levels (odds ratio [OR] = 15.237; CI: 3.612-64.276). Therefore, mean urinary mercury levels of health care workers were low. Exposure to dental amalgam is not associated with high mercury exposure. However, usage of cosmetic products containing mercury and high seafood consumption may lead to the increase of exposure to mercury.

  19. Optimization of Temperature Level to Enhance Worker Performance in Automotive Industry

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    A. R. Ismail


    Full Text Available Problem statement: Production of automotive parts is among the largest contributor to economic earnings in Malaysia. The dominant work involve in producing automotive part were manual assembly process. Where it is definitely used a manpower capability. Thus the quality of the product heavily depends on workers comfort in the working condition. Temperature is one of the environmental factors that give significant effect on the worker performance. Approach: Temperature level and productivity rate were observed in automotive factory. An automotive manufacturing firm was chosen to observe the temperature level and workers productivity rate. The data were analyzed using Artificial Neural Networks analysis (ANN. ANN analysis technique is usual analysis method used to form the best linear relationship from the collected data. Results: It is apparent from the linear relationship, that the optimum value of production (value≈1 attained when temperature value (WBGT is 24.5°C. Conclusion: Optimum value production rate (value≈1 for one manual production line in that particular company is successfully achieved. Through ANN method, the optimum temperature level for the optimum manual workers performance manage to be predicted.

  20. Needlestick Injuries in Agriculture Workers and Prevention Programs. (United States)

    Buswell, Minden L; Hourigan, Mary; Nault, André J; Bender, Jeffrey B


    There are a variety of biologics, vaccines, antibiotics, and hormones used in animal agriculture. Depending upon the procedure or pharmaceutical used, accidental injections or product exposures can result in mild to severe injuries. Needlestick injury (NSI) prevention, research, and education for veterinarians and agriculture workers is limited. The objective of this study was to collect and review published case reports and case series/surveys on human needlestick exposure to veterinary biologics and to summarize needlestick prevention strategies for agricultural workers/veterinarians. A search was conducted of PubMed and Centre for Agriculture Bioscience International (CABI) databases. References were reviewed to identify additional articles. NSI among agricultural workers were primarily included in this review. Thirty articles were applicable to exposures in agricultural settings. Relevant literature consisted of case reports, survey/case series articles, prevention documents, and background articles. Fifty-nine case patients were identified. Most of these cases were associated with exposures to specific vaccines or veterinary products. Injury location was identified from 36 individuals: 24 (67%) NSI to the hands, 10 (28%) injuries to the legs, and 2 to other body locations. Of the 59 cases, 20 (34%) involved oil-adjuvant vaccines. Evidence of hospitalization was recorded for 30 case patients. The length of hospitalization was available from 11 case patients. Median length of hospitalization was 3 days (range: 1-4). Surgical intervention was reported in 25 case patients. Outcome information was available on 30 case patients. Fifteen made a complete recovery within 2 weeks of treatment, 14 had residual sequelae attributed to the injury, and there was 1 reported death. Of the 13 survey/case series articles: 2 focused on oil-adjuvant products, 1 on Brucellosis RB-51 vaccine, 3 on tilmicosin, 1 on Salmonella enteritidis vaccine, 1 on high-pressure injection, and 5