927 Audit of a fuel distributor company tank truck loading operations in the state of rio grande do sul/brazil

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Abstract

Introduction

This case study presents the result of labour inspection intervention in one of the largest distribution terminal of petroleum-derived fuels in Brazil. The inspection focused on tank trucker loading operations, which were made most of the time by the truck drivers themselves, exposing the drivers to petroleum-derived fuel compounds. This kind of activity should be done by the operators of the distribution terminal, not by the truck drivers. These drivers were submitted to activities of an ambiguous nature, without qualification, adequate training, and supervision. The goal of the intervention was to change the organisation of the work in the distribution terminal as a method of reducing respiratory exposure of the truck drivers to occupational health hazards.

Methods

It is a prospective descriptive case study. The period covered refers to the beginning of the inspection in the year of 2012 up to 2017. It was analysed documents that the distribution terminal has presented to labours inspection.

Result

The organisation of the work at the distribution terminal changed radically. The truck drivers are not doing any operation at the terminal anymore. The distribution terminal hired new operators, modified the distribution process and yet built an occupational medical centre for their workers and for the truck drivers as a preventive measure of health.

Conclusion

This case showed that is possible for Brazilians Petroleum-derived fuel distribution companies to change their work organisation and improve their environment minimising the exposure of truck drivers to occupational health hazards such as benzene.

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