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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

versão On-line ISSN 1983-1447

Resumo

COELHO, Alexa Pupiara Flores et al. Women waste pickers: living conditions, work, and health. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2016, vol.37, n.3, e57321.  Epub 29-Set-2016. ISSN 1983-1447.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1983-1447.2016.03.57321.

Objective

To know the elements of work, health, and living conditions of women who pick recyclable waste and are members of a waste cooperative in a town of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Method

This is a qualitative, exploratory and descriptive study with seven subjects. Data were collected through participative observation, semi structured interview, and a focus group from July to August of 2013. The data were subjected to content analysis.

Results

The following thematic categories emerged: Women’s work, informality and precariousness; Experiences of job satisfaction; and Working conditions and health: experiences with accidents, illness and health services.

Conclusion

It was concluded that the women who collect recyclable material are exposed to precarious work conditions and potential health risks, such as work overload, accidents, illness, and social insecurity, and that nurses are responsible for promoting actions that ensure the health and inclusion of these workers.

Palavras-chave : Occupational health; Working conditions; Solid waste segregators; Nursing; Women, working.

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