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Bio Aerosols in Workplace

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L'Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST, Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute Robert Sauvé) is a scientific research agency committed to the identification and elimination at the source of occupational hazards, and the rehabilitation of workers who have suffered occupational injuries. With funding provided by the Commission pour la santé et la sécurité au travail du Québec (CSST, Québec Occupational Health and Safety Commission), the IRSST con
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  L'Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvéen santé et en sécurité du travail(IRSST, Occupational Health and SafetyResearch Institute Robert Sauvé) is ascientific research agency committed to the identification and elimination at the source of occupational hazards,and the rehabilitation of workers whohave suffered occupational injuries.With funding provided by theCommission pour la santé et la sécuritéau travail du Québec (CSST, QuébecOccupational Health and SafetyCommission), the IRSST conducts, funds and contracts research aimed at reducing the human and financial costsof occupational accidents and diseases.For up-to-date information on researchconducted or funded by the IRSST,subscribe to Prévention au travail, thefree magazine published in conjunctionwith the CSST.Legal DepositBibliothèque nationale du Québec 2001 IRSST - Direction des communications505, boul. de Maisonneuve OuestMontréal (Québec) H3A 3C2 Telephone: (514) 288-1551Télécopieur: (514) 288-7636 www.irsst.qc.ca  © Institut de recherche en santéet en sécurité du travail du Québec,November 2001.  i TABLE OF CONTENTSCONTEXT....................................................................................................................1 NOTICE TO THE READER........................................................................................2SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION.................................................................31.1 Knowledge about microorganisms...................................................................31.1.1 Bacteria.....................................................................................................3 1.1.2 Molds and yeasts.......................................................................................5 1.1.3 Metabolites, toxins or fragments of microorganisms...............................71.1.4 Other microorganisms...............................................................................8 References cited and bibliography......................................................................151.2 Bioaerosol concentrations measured in the workplace...................................17References cited and bibliography......................................................................201.3 Exposure values..............................................................................................21 References cited and bibliography......................................................................24SECTION 2: EVALUATION STRATEGY...............................................................252.1 General evaluation procedure.........................................................................252.2 Evaluation methods.........................................................................................28 2.2.1 Evaluation of the work environment.......................................................282.2.2 Detailed inspection of a building............................................................292.2.3 Methods for measuring bioaerosols........................................................342.2.4 Sampling plan.........................................................................................40 2.2.5 Interpretation and communication of results..........................................412.2.6 Examples.................................................................................................43 References cited and bibliography......................................................................46SECTION 3: CONTROL OF BIOAEROSOL EXPOSURE......................................483.1 Industrial work environments.........................................................................48 3.2 Non-industrial workplaces..............................................................................49 References cited and bibliography..........................................................................54ANNEX   1 : PHOTOS OF MOULDS ...................................................................... 57ANNEX   2 : TECHNICAL SHEETS FOR THE CONTROL OF BIOAEROSOLEXPOSURE................................................................................................................62 ANNEX   3 : Miscellaneous envelope details............................................................ 83
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