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Assessment of microbiological contamination in the work environments of museums, archives and libraries.

Skóra J, Gutarowska B, Pielech-Przybylska K, Stępień Ł, Pietrzak K, Piotrowska M, Pietrowski P - Aerobiologia (Bologna) (2015)

Bottom Line: We found a correlation between microclimatic conditions and numbers of micro-organisms in the air in the tested working environments.In addition, a correlation was also found between ergosterol concentration and the number of fungi in the air.Particles within the dominant fractions of culturable fungal aerosols sampled from museum storerooms had aerodynamic diameters between 1.1 and 2.1 µm.

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Affiliation: Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology, Lodz University of Technology, 171/173 Wólczańska St, 90-924 Lodz, Poland.

ABSTRACT

Museums, archives and libraries have large working environments. The goal of this study was to determine microbial contamination in these work places and estimate the influence of microclimatic parameters and total dust content on microbial contamination. In addition, research included evaluation of ergosterol concentration and fungal bioaerosol particle size distribution. Numbers of micro-organisms in the air and on the surfaces in museums were higher (2.1 × 10(2)-7.0 × 10(3) cfu/m(3) and 1.4 × 10(2)-1.7 × 10(4) cfu/100 cm(2), respectively) than in archives and libraries (3.2 × 10(2)-7.2 × 10(2) cfu/m(3) and 8.4 × 10(2)-8.8 × 10(2) cfu/100 cm(2), respectively). The numbers of micro-organisms detected in the tested museums, archives and libraries did not exceed occupational exposure limits proposed by Polish Committee for the Highest Permissible Concentrations and Intensities of Noxious Agents at the Workplace. The concentrations of respirable and suspended dust in museum storerooms were 2-4 times higher than the WHO-recommended limits. We found a correlation between microclimatic conditions and numbers of micro-organisms in the air in the tested working environments. In addition, a correlation was also found between ergosterol concentration and the number of fungi in the air. Fungi were the dominant micro-organisms in the working environments tested. Particles within the dominant fractions of culturable fungal aerosols sampled from museum storerooms had aerodynamic diameters between 1.1 and 2.1 µm.

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Mean concentration (± 1 SD) of particular dust fraction in the air in tested institutions including internal (office) background. Number if samples (N = 12–24). PM2.5—respirable dust with a diameter less than 2.5 μm; PM10—particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 μm (mouth and nose)
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Fig4: Mean concentration (± 1 SD) of particular dust fraction in the air in tested institutions including internal (office) background. Number if samples (N = 12–24). PM2.5—respirable dust with a diameter less than 2.5 μm; PM10—particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 μm (mouth and nose)

Mentions: Moreover, the concentration of respirable dust (particle diameter <2.5 µm) in museum storerooms ranged between 0.100 and 0.105 mg/m3, which was higher than office rooms (internal background samples) (Fig. 4).Fig. 4


Assessment of microbiological contamination in the work environments of museums, archives and libraries.

Skóra J, Gutarowska B, Pielech-Przybylska K, Stępień Ł, Pietrzak K, Piotrowska M, Pietrowski P - Aerobiologia (Bologna) (2015)

Mean concentration (± 1 SD) of particular dust fraction in the air in tested institutions including internal (office) background. Number if samples (N = 12–24). PM2.5—respirable dust with a diameter less than 2.5 μm; PM10—particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 μm (mouth and nose)
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Fig4: Mean concentration (± 1 SD) of particular dust fraction in the air in tested institutions including internal (office) background. Number if samples (N = 12–24). PM2.5—respirable dust with a diameter less than 2.5 μm; PM10—particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 μm (mouth and nose)
Mentions: Moreover, the concentration of respirable dust (particle diameter <2.5 µm) in museum storerooms ranged between 0.100 and 0.105 mg/m3, which was higher than office rooms (internal background samples) (Fig. 4).Fig. 4

Bottom Line: We found a correlation between microclimatic conditions and numbers of micro-organisms in the air in the tested working environments.In addition, a correlation was also found between ergosterol concentration and the number of fungi in the air.Particles within the dominant fractions of culturable fungal aerosols sampled from museum storerooms had aerodynamic diameters between 1.1 and 2.1 µm.

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Affiliation: Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology, Lodz University of Technology, 171/173 Wólczańska St, 90-924 Lodz, Poland.

ABSTRACT

Museums, archives and libraries have large working environments. The goal of this study was to determine microbial contamination in these work places and estimate the influence of microclimatic parameters and total dust content on microbial contamination. In addition, research included evaluation of ergosterol concentration and fungal bioaerosol particle size distribution. Numbers of micro-organisms in the air and on the surfaces in museums were higher (2.1 × 10(2)-7.0 × 10(3) cfu/m(3) and 1.4 × 10(2)-1.7 × 10(4) cfu/100 cm(2), respectively) than in archives and libraries (3.2 × 10(2)-7.2 × 10(2) cfu/m(3) and 8.4 × 10(2)-8.8 × 10(2) cfu/100 cm(2), respectively). The numbers of micro-organisms detected in the tested museums, archives and libraries did not exceed occupational exposure limits proposed by Polish Committee for the Highest Permissible Concentrations and Intensities of Noxious Agents at the Workplace. The concentrations of respirable and suspended dust in museum storerooms were 2-4 times higher than the WHO-recommended limits. We found a correlation between microclimatic conditions and numbers of micro-organisms in the air in the tested working environments. In addition, a correlation was also found between ergosterol concentration and the number of fungi in the air. Fungi were the dominant micro-organisms in the working environments tested. Particles within the dominant fractions of culturable fungal aerosols sampled from museum storerooms had aerodynamic diameters between 1.1 and 2.1 µm.

No MeSH data available.


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