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Document ID (ISN)78673
CIS number 02-938
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Greff-Mirguet G.
Title Sampling and analysis of airborne endotoxins - A literature survey
Original title Echantillonnage et analyse des endotoxines dans l'air - Etude bibliographique [in French]
Bibliographic information 2nd Quarter 2002, No.187, Note No.2170-187-02, p.73-87. Illus. 84 ref.
Internet access 02-0938.pdf [in French]
Abstract Risks to health from airborne bacteria and moulds are known. However, although numerous studies have attempted to estimate the level of exposure to endotoxins in various sectors of occupational activity, dose-effect relationships could not be established. Furthermore, results of tests carried out by different laboratories often show a poor correlation. The variety of techniques used both with respect to sampling and analytical methods explain this dispersion of results to a large degree. This literature survey highlighted the fact that different practices coexist during each step of the sampling and analysis of endotoxins in air. The adoption of a future European standard should impose uniform sampling and analytical techniques, enabling inter-laboratory comparisons, better assessments of the true levels of exposure to endotoxins in all sectors of activity and more accurate evaluations of dose-response relationships.
Descriptors (primary) France; bacterial toxins; determination in air; biological hazards; respirable dust
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; draft standard; workplace monitoring; European Communities; glossary; bacteria; exposure evaluation; sampling and analysis; description of technique; moulds
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards