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French standard NF X35-702 on “Safety of machinery – Ergonomic principles for the design of cabins for manual sorting of dry household and similar recyclable wastes coming from selective collection” outlines state-of-the-art practice for the design of sorting cabins and to reduce MSDs for workers whose job involves repetitive tasks.
It was performed at the initiative and under the presidency of Eco-emballages, which has undertaken to promote this French standard at the European level.
The company has also launched a research project involving OSH experts and the French National Directorate of Labour (DGT) to provide additional information on the choices proposed in the standard. What are the impacts on the work of the sorting personnel? What are the improvements made and those that will have to be provided when designing new sorting centres? These are some of the questions which the research project will have to try to answer in the autumn of 2017.