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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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SOUZA, Celiana Pereira de; ARAUJO, Anísio José da Silva  and  ZAMBRONI-DE-SOUZA, Paulo César. Here you really have to be active, in this work you have to be alert”: risks, implications, and defense strategies for the health of garbage collectors. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.1, pp. 555-563. ISSN 1984-6657.

This article investigates the different risks, their health consequences, and the defense strategies developed by the garbage collectors of a city in the northeast of Brazil fordealing with this situation. We use as our theoretical reference the Psychodynamics of Work, especially the reflection on risks, danger, and defensive strategies. We conducted semistructured interviews with 13 male workers. For data analysis, we opted for thematic content analysis. It has been shown that the intense exposure to risks has consequences for the health of these workers, most of which result from poor working conditions and inadequate packaging of garbage by the population. The relation of these workers to suchrisks is mediated by the use of defensive strategies that, although theymitigate suffering, do little to positively transform their work situations.

Keywords : psychodynamics of work; occupational risk; garbage collectors.

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