Bioaerosol is a term used to describe micro-organisms that are airborne. Components and products of bacteria, fungi/moulds and viruses are also bioaerosols. We are surrounded by many different types of bioaerosols and they are ubiquitous in the natural environment. Some bioaerosols can contain human allergens and pathogens which can affect respiratory health or may cause headaches, nausea and fatigue.
D&F Associates has been evaluating bioaerosols since 1999. We have gained extensive experience in the development of bioaerosol sampling and evaluation procedures to meet the requirements of:
- Environment Agency Technical Guidance Document M17.
- The Association for Organic Recycling (AfOR) recommended guidance ‘A standardised protocol for the monitoring of bioaerosols at open composting facilities, 2009.
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, to assess worker exposure and potential workplace hazards.
- Planning applications, in situations where a Site Specific Bioaerosol Assessment (SSBRA) is required.
Our experienced field-team can tailor a sampling strategy to suit any bioaerosol assessment, with interpreted results that are presented in a clear and easy to understand report.