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Document ID (ISN)104399
CIS number 05-722
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lignell U., Meklin T., Putus T., Vepsäläinen A., Roponen M., Torvinen E., Reeslev M., Pennanen S., Hirvonen M.R., Kalliokoski P., Nevalainen A.
Title Microbial exposure, symptoms and inflammatory mediators in nasal lavage fluid of kitchen and clerical personnel in schools
Bibliographic information 2005, Vol.18, No.2, p.139-150. Illus. 51 ref.
Abstract Microbial investigations were conducted in six moisture-damaged schools and two reference schools. The symptoms of kitchen personnel were investigated by questionnaire and by measurement of inflammatory responses in nasal lavage (NAL) fluid. Total concentrations of airborne microbes were lower in kitchens than in other facilities of the schools. However, the occurrence of moisture damage increased the airborne microbial concentrations both in kitchens and in other facilities. Bacterial concentrations were high on surfaces in the damaged kitchens. Symptoms were prevalent both among kitchen workers and clerical personnel in the moisture-damaged work environments. Median concentrations of inflammatory mediators were slightly higher in NAL samples of kitchen workers than among clerical personnel. It is concluded that kitchen facilities differ from other facilities of the school building and represent a specific type of environment that may affect the health status of the personnel.
Descriptors (primary) humidity; Finland; microbial pollution; biological hazards; educational institutions
Descriptors (secondary) bacteria; allergies; symptoms; determination in biological matter; questionnaire survey; determination in air; deposited dust
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Teaching and educational institutions
Environmental pollution
Air pollution