Published in: 1996
Several work activities bring workers into contact with sewage and sewage products.
Each year, some workers will suffer from at least one episode of work-related illness.
The majority of illnesses are relatively mild cases of gastroenteritis, but potentially fatal diseases, such as leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) and hepatitis, are also reported to HSE.
However, there could well be significant under-reporting of cases because there is often failure to recognise the link between illness and work.
HSE (1996). Working with Sewage - The health hazards: A guide for employers. HSE
English Guidelines and manuals Import to Sanitation Workers Platform
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