Pathogenic microorganisms in communal bins leachate and their potential health impacts to the household waste collectors of municipal council / Norainnor Ramli

Ramli, Norainnor (2015) Pathogenic microorganisms in communal bins leachate and their potential health impacts to the household waste collectors of municipal council / Norainnor Ramli. [Student Project] (Unpublished)

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Communal collection is one of the collection system practices in Malaysia. Many types of wastes can be stored in the communal bin, so the volume of leachate produced can increase. As leachate provide suitable habitat for several pathogenic microorganism, concern must be arise in preventing disease and illness especially to the household waste collectors. The purpose of this study is to identify the present of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus in communal bins leachate as well as their potential health impacts to the household waste collectors. Fifteen samples of leachate were collected from three different locations of communal bins which include residential, commercial and institutional area in Puncak Alam. The measurement of pH and temperature was carried out. The result showed there is significant correlation between the temperature with the total colony count (p=0.049). Then, the leachate samples for cultivation were serial diluted using sterile distilled water and applied for viable counts. The statistical test found that there is significant difference (p=0.042) in distribution of total colony count and different area of communal bins. The present of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus is identified by streaking the colonies on the Eosin Methylene Blue and Mannitol Salt agar. Most of the, samples showed microorganism growth and the samples for all areas showed the contamination. Besides that, a survey questionnaire which specified in the environmental, health and safety components and the health symptoms experienced also was used in this study. For the survey on potential health impacts, the results show that the workers were satisfied with their surrounding environment while the highest unsatisfactory perception on exposure to unpleasant odour. The survey revealed that cough (88%) was the most widely-reported symptom and cellulitis appears to be the least prevalent (43%). The majority of household waste collectors in all municipal councils were careless and ignorant in relation to personal protective equipment. The regularly monitoring must be done to make sure the workers wear personal protective equipment during working. Besides that, as household waste collectors are handling the wastes that contain many pathogenic microorganism, they must aware with their personal hygiene. Overall findings of the study suggest that generally the workers had a positive and satisfactory response towards their working environment

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Item Type: Student Project
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Ramli, Norainnor
2012411224
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Hussain, Hazilia
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Environmental health. Including sewage disposal, air pollution, nuisances, water supply
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety
Item ID: 44466
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communal bin, household waste collectors, perception, leachate
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/44466

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