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Exposure-response relationships for bioaerosol emissions from waste treatment processes - WR0606

Description
This study was undertaken to provide Defra with an updated understanding of the exposure-response relationship between bioaerosol emissions from waste treatment processes and the potential impact on human health. The research team undertook a literature review of existing international research in this area. This allowed identification of the bioaerosol components most relevant to health, as well as the most appropriate methods for monitoring exposure to bioaerosols. The review also revealed relevant knowledge gaps.

By providing a balanced and reasoned view of the exposure-response relationship between bioaerosol emissions from biowaste treatment processes and the potential impact on human health, this review has identified areas which may require further reasearch and will help to inform future assessments of the human health risks from bioaerosols.
Objective
Specific objectives of this research were:

• To collect and critically review the literature on the sources of bioaerosols from waste treatment processes, identify the components of greatest relevance to human health and their potential effect and to identify those within the population who may be most sensitive to effects

• To establish exposure-response relationships for key bioaerosol components and health endpoints

• To place this information into a regulatory context, including determining which bioaerosol components should be monitored to adequately assess the potential impact of waste treatment activities

• To identify the knowledge gaps and make recommendations for further research
Project Documents
• Final Report : WR0606 "Exposure-response relationships for bioaerosol emissions from waste treatment processes" - Final Report   (2079k)
• Final Report : WR0606 "Exposure-response relationships for bioaerosol emissions from waste treatment processes" - Summary Report   (352k)
• Information Leaflet : WR0606 "Exposure-response relationships for bioaerosol emissions from waste treatment processes" - Note to provide research context   (98k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2008

Cost: £45,750
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Occupational Medicine
Keywords
Air Quality              
Air quality monitoring              
Amenity              
Biowaste              
Environment and Health              
Environmental Protection              
Impact assessment              
Monitoring              
Monitoring and evaluation              
Waste              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management