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Health monitoring of the workers at the Wast to Energy incinerator of Turin

Responsabile: dott.ssa Antonella Bena, dott. Marco Fontana, dott.ssa Elena De Felip, dott. Alessandro Alimonti, dott.ssa Simona Giampaoli


Aim of this line of activity is to determine whether occupational exposure of the plant workers carries health risks for them. About 90 workers (administrative and those in contact with waste) are monitored through collecting and annual updating occupational and health information (health status, injuries and occupational diseases).

In 2013-16 a human biomonitoring (HBM) programme of the plant workers was conducted. HBM measured a variety of chemicals in urine and blood samples including heavy metals, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzo-furans [PCDDs/Fs], polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], hydroxylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [OH-PAH]. As done for the biological samples collected from the residents living in the area of interest of the plant, some of the workers’ samples were stored in a biological repository for future analysis.

In addition, environmental workplace monitoring is in place; it measures a variety of chemicals, including heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, PAHs, VOC, biological pollutants.  

The estimated total cost of worker monitoring is €420,000.

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