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RR130 - Occupational and environmental exposure to bioaerosols from composts and potential health effects - A critical review of published data

The primary objective of this study was to critically review published literature related to studies of airborne micro-organisms or their constituent parts (bioaerosols) associated with organic waste composting facilities, and to establish whether there is a risk to worker health from the inhalation of these bioaerosols. The review aimed to identify the personnel at risk on compost sites, identify the circumstances which increased the risk and indicate suitable control measures to control the risk. A further consideration was that airborne dispersal of bioaerosols from compost facilities could affect neighbouring facilities or residents, leading to health concerns, and the review also looked at evidence of bioaerosol dissemination from sites, potential exposures and reported ill health.

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Updated 2010-03-19