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Document ID (ISN)109549
CIS number 09-531
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le mÚdecin du travail
Year 2008
Convention or series no. DMT TR 44
Author(s) Rosenberg N.
Title Non-infectious occupational respiratory diseases due to air conditioning/humidifying systems
Original title Affections respiratoires professionnelles non infectieuses dues aux humidificateurs/climatiseurs [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2008, No.116, p.533-542. Illus. 41 ref.
Internet access http://www.dmt-prevention.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParReference/TR%2044/$File/TR44.pdf [in French]
Abstract Occupational non-infectious respiratory diseases due to air conditioning or humidifying systems are caused by moulds or bacteria that colonize the water used to humidify the air by vaporization. They include humidifier fever, humidifier lung, rhinitis and asthma. These diseases are currently rare in occupational settings thanks to improved understanding of the risks, which are taken into account early in the design phase of the equipment. In practice in cases of collective outbreaks, a simple visual inspection of humidification system is performed, followed by cleaning after having identified the critical locations.
Descriptors (primary) respiratory diseases; risk factors; air humidification; air conditioning
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; design of equipment; extrinsic allergic alveolitis; France; moulds; bacteria; asthma; air conditioner disease; aerosols; maintenance; diagnosis; cleaning; hazard evaluation; schedule of occupational diseases; rhinitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Heating and air conditioning
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)