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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2015/B41/S18.098

SEASONAL EXPOSURE TO AIRBORNE FUNGI IN PAPER SORTING PLANT-CASE STUDY IN CZECH REPUBLIC

K. Cerna, K. Bicanova, Z. Wittlingerova, M. Zimova, Z. Janovsky
Monday 28 September 2015 by Libadmin2015

References: 15th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2015, www.sgem.org, SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-38-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 18-24, 2015, Book4, 755-762 pp

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to evaluate the occupational exposure of workers employed in the paper sorting plant to airborne fungi in four seasons. Surface Air System method was used for the sampling of airborne fungi. Airborne fungi samples were collected in the workers´ breathing zone twice per work shift (10a.m. and 2p.m.) and twice per each season. Overall, high concentrations of airborne fungi in the work environment were detected. Higher numbers of CFU (colony forming units) of airborne fungi per cubic meter were measured at 2p.m. than at 10a.m. during each work shift. The highest concentration of CFU of airborne fungi were measured in the summer (1.00 – 3.88 x104 CFU/m3), and then in the spring (0.49 – 1.15 x104 CFU/m3). The lowest numbers of CFU of airborne fungi were measured in autumn (0.26 – 0.50 x104 CFU/m3). In comparison to other studies, paper sorting plant represents working environment with increased concentrations of airborne fungi.

Keywords: airborne fungi, occupational exposure, waste sorting plant

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