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Document ID (ISN)104025
CIS number 05-465
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heldal K.K., Eduard W.
Title Associations between acute symptoms and bioaerosol exposure during the collection of household waste
Bibliographic information Sep. 2004, Vol.46, No.3, p.253-260. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; aerosols; garbage collectors; biological hazards; waste disposal
Descriptors (secondary) airborne dust; spores; subjective assessment; bacteria; bacterial toxins; exposure tests; irritation; migraine; symptoms; fatigue; questionnaire survey; fungi
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Biological hazards