|Document ID (ISN)||104025|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Heldal K.K., Eduard W.
||Associations between acute symptoms and bioaerosol exposure during the collection of household waste
||Sep. 2004, Vol.46, No.3, p.253-260. Illus. 23 ref.
||Associations between work-related symptoms and bioaerosol exposure were investigated in 22 household waste workers. Full-shift exposures to bacteria, fungal spores, endotoxins and total dust were measured. Data on symptoms experienced during work were obtained by means of a questionnaire. The median exposure levels of spherical bacteria and fungal spores were 0.4 and 0.1 x 106/m3, respectively, while exposures to rod-shaped bacteria, endotoxins and dust were low. The symptoms most often reported were unusual tiredness (24%), headache (22%), cough (15%), and irritation in eyes and nose (10 and 17%). The results suggest that acute work-related nose irritation is associated with exposure to bacteria. Exposure to rod-shaped bacteria is also associated with nose irritation and unusual tiredness. Finally, it is likely that cough is associated with fungal spores.
||refuse collection; aerosols; garbage collectors; biological hazards; waste disposal
||airborne dust; spores; subjective assessment; bacteria; bacterial toxins; exposure tests; irritation; migraine; symptoms; fatigue; questionnaire survey; fungi
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Norway|
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Waste collection and disposal