Workers' exposure to dust, endotoxin and β-(1-3) glucan at four large-scale composting facilities.

@article{Sykes2011WorkersET,
  title={Workers' exposure to dust, endotoxin and β-(1-3) glucan at four large-scale composting facilities.},
  author={Peter H H Sykes and Roger H Keith Morris and James A. Allen and Justin Wildsmith and Kenneth P Jones},
  journal={Waste management},
  year={2011},
  volume={31 3},
  pages={423-30}
}
OBJECTIVES To characterise compost workers' exposure to dust, endotoxin and β-(1-3) glucan during various operational practices and investigate whether dust concentrations are a useful indicator of endotoxin exposure in compost workers. METHODS This study assessed inhalable dust fractions, bacterial endotoxin and β-(1-3) glucan in 117 personal samples and 88 ambient samples from four large-scale composting facilities. RESULTS Employees' exposures to inhalable dust, endotoxin and β-(1-3… CONTINUE READING