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Air Contamination With Fungals In Museum

Iuliana Scarlat
  • Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania, The National Institute of Research and Development on Occupational Safety “Alexandru Darabont” Bucharest, Laboratory Chemical and Biological Risks Bucharest, Romania
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Published Online: 2015-09-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aucts-2015-0047

Abstract

The aim of the studies was to determine the level and kind of fungal contamination of air in museum, deposits patrimony, restoration and conservation laboratories and their effects on health of workers. Microbiological air purity was measured with a SAS-100 Surface Air System impactor. The fungal contamination was observed in all 54 rooms where we made determinations. The highest levels of fungal were recorded at rooms with hygroscopic patrimony objects, eg carpets, chairs, upholstered chairs, books etc. The most species identified included under common allergens: Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Mucor. There fungal species belonging to the genus identified in this study, can trigger serious diseases museum workers, such as for example Aspergillus fumigatus, known allergies and toxic effects that may occur. In some places of the museum, occupational exposure limit values to fungi present in the air in the work environment, recommended by the specialized literature, have been overcome.

Keywords: occupational exposure; allergenic fungi; museum

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Published Online: 2015-09-23

Published in Print: 2015-07-01


Citation Information: ACTA Universitatis Cibiniensis, ISSN (Online) 1583-7149, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aucts-2015-0047.

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