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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 10, No. 2, 2013, pp. 385-394
Bioline Code: st13040
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2013, pp. 385-394

 en Using Bayesian belief networks to support health risk assessment for sewer workers
Liu, K.F.-R.; Chen, C.-W. & Shen, Y.-S.

Abstract

The sanitary sewerage connection rate is an important indicator of advanced cities. Following the construction of sanitary sewerages, the maintenance and management systems are required for keeping pipelines and facilities functioning well. These maintenance tasks often require sewer workers to enter the manholes and the pipelines, which are confined spaces short of natural ventilation and have the potential for hazardous substances to be present. Working in sewers could be easily exposed to a risk of adverse health effects. This paper proposes the use of Bayesian belief networks as a higher level of noncarcinogenic health risk assessment of sewer workers. On the basis of the epidemiological studies, the actual hospital attendance records and expert experiences, the Bayesian belief networks is capable of capturing the probabilistic relationships between the hazardous substances in sewers and their adverse health effects, and accordingly inferring the morbidity and mortality of the adverse health effects. The provision of the morbidity and mortality rates of the related diseases is more informative and can alleviate the drawbacks of conventional methods.

Keywords
Sanitary sewerage; Morbidity; Mortality; Hazard quotient; Target organ-specific hazard index

 
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