Biological exposure

Mould fungus in a room corner

Incidence of heavy mould fungus on walls
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Health problems such as watery eyes, sneezing attacks, ticklish throats, malaise and unpleasant odours are often thought to be linked to organisms such as mould, bacteria, mites or their metabolites and excrements. Frequently, the microbiological pollution of the indoor air is attributed to the operation of air conditioning systems or visible or suspected damp damage in the building, and measurements are requested to determine the cause.

However, steps to improve the workplace situation can often be initiated without the need for measurements if the workplace is inspected by an expert and the causes eliminated. If measurements are still needed, a measurement plan must be drawn up for the specific issues involved.


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Dr Annette Kolk

Division 2: Chemical and biological hazards

Tel: +49 30 13001 3240
Fax: +49 30 13001 38001