Thanks to the people who work in the waste management industry; we find homes and workplaces in clean conditions. They are the unseen architects to every beautiful looking environment that we see. This beauty that is attained comes with a huge price which a good number of persons might not be ready to pay.

The truth is every job has its hazards, but if the hazard involves exposing one’s body to certain organic chemicals, then that hazard has moved up a notch. This is the case of the professionals who work with waste management companies.

Picture of people working in waste industriesWith the recent upsurge in the number of their colleagues who now suffer from illnesses resulting to exposure to toxins, professionals in the dumpster rental business have rallied together to speak with one voice on how to improve their lot. This came after their last quarterly meeting at their Long Island Office Secretariat with the theme: “Managing hazardous working conditions.”

Same day dumpster rental in Long Island NY and dumpster rental Queens were well represented at the meeting. Their representative did not mince words in talking about how disgusted they are by being constantly exposed to hazardous conditions.

In the words of the representative, “On a daily basis we find ourselves exposed to different kinds of risks. With each dumpster that we pick up, we get exposed to another kind of waste”.

One other professional lent his voice, saying, “We serve all kinds of industries and individuals. Imagine the kind of waste materials which we come in contact with for every minute of our typical working day. From the decayed food in the dumpster of a hotel to some unhealthy body part cut off through surgery in the dumpster of a hospital“.

A picture of junk removal gear for hospital workersAccording to the professionals, there are lots of issues which cannot be fully exhausted in one whole day which they have to cope with on a daily basis. This is the reason why the theme was chosen for their quarterly meeting. An awareness needs to be created on what they face on a daily basis in order for people to appreciate what contribution their profession makes to the general well-being of the nation.

“The gears we wear are not enough”, said one dumpster rental Queens company’s professional. “Take the hand gloves, for instance, they are not entirely foolproof to every chemical as may be led to believe by some people. Given some time, some chemicals penetrate through the gloves. The rate at which the chemical penetrates depends on its strength.”
One other thing which they talked about during the quarterly meeting was the recent increase of their members who have recently suffered or are suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity. Being that they carry all kinds of waste materials, there is no type of waste which they do not come in contact with.

For those who are sensitive to these kinds of chemicals used in perfumes and other products, they find themselves feeling dizzy and suffering from various symptoms of multiple chemical sensitivity. This has caused a good number of them to skip work for a day or two just to feel better.

This time which is taken off by those who feel ill at one point or another has another telling effect on the professionals – work overload. Whenever one of them calls in sick, the onus falls on those at work to double their workload in order to cover for the absent person. This has brought more burden on the already burdened professionals.

Picture of man dumping garbageThe issue of working in hazardous circumstances was thoroughly dealt with in this quarterly meeting held by the professionals.

The main aim of creating this awareness is for their clients to understand why the price which they charge for offering their services should not be considered to be on the high side. Most people believe that it is just the case of picking up the dumpster and taking it to the final waste disposal.

As simple as this looks, there is the health aspect to consider. It does not just end with providing clients with a dumpster, it matters a lot the kind of materials that are being disposed on a regular basis because it has a telling effect on the waste disposal management professionals who come in contact with it.

While working on ways to reduce the risks they expose themselves to on a daily basis as they go about discharging their duties, they hope to be appreciated more by people who make use of their services at the price which they charge.

The Hazards of The Waste Management Industry