Controlling Productivity at a Hazardous Waste Site

by John Zirschky, Environmental Engr.; Dept. of Agricultural Engrg., Clemson Univ., Clemson, S.C. 29631,
Daniel Harris, Sanitary Engr.; U.S. EPA, 25 Funston Rd., Kansas City, Kans. 66101,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 9, Pg. 70-74

Document Type: Feature article


The hazards associated with waste disposal sites can make estimating the resources required for a remedial action difficult. During the recent clean-up of a dioxin disposal site, the manpower requirements for the various unit operations (i.e., cap removal, excavation) were monitored. Non-productive time, utilized primarily for rest breaks, accounted for approximately 40 percent of the manhours. Of the remaining manhours, approximately 50 percent can be attributed to the major unit operations. A total of approximately 1600 manhours were required for the on-site operations. Safety procedures are also briefly discussed.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Waste sites | Hazardous wastes | Waste disposal | Remediation | Chemical compounds | Excavation

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