Assessing & Managing worker’s exposures bioaerosols during the treatment of organic waste Dr Peter Sykes Cardiff School of Health Sciences Cardiff Metropolitan University . Main aims. To provide an overview of the potential risks associated with occupational exposures to bioaerosols.
Assessing & Managing worker’s exposures bioaerosols during the treatment of organic wasteDr Peter SykesCardiff School of Health SciencesCardiff Metropolitan University
Bioaerosols are defined as a collection of aerosolised biological particles including actinomycetes, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and their components
The effects of exposure to organic dust on respiratory health may lead to or exacerbate a number of distinct identifiable conditions.
Phase One – Initial assessment
Phase Two – Post cab cleaning and filter change
Phase three – One month after cleaning and filter change
Employee exposure to Inhalable Dust, Endotoxin and β-(1-3) Glucan by activity.
Workers at composting sites are exposed to high levels of bacterial endotoxin consistent with adverse respiratory outcomes even though in most cases, their personal dust exposure is below the suggested regulatory levels.
-----10mg/m3 nuisance dust level
No specific sector guidance or statement of evidence as for poultry dust for example, but..