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24th June 2011

Bioaerosol is a general term for micro-organisms suspended in the air. Many bioaerosols can penetrate the human respiratory system, resulting in inflammatory and allergic responses. Although bioaerosols are ubiquitous, waste and waste management operations provide environments that are conductive to their growth, particularly composting.

The Environment Agency requires that applicants for environmental permits for new composting operations within 250 metres of workplaces or dwellings carry out a Site Specific Bioaerosol Risk Assessment (SSBRA) in support of their application. Caulmert’s leading experience in the production of detailed SSBRAs, utilising the Environment Agency’s own, ‘Guidance on the evaluation of bioaerosol risk assessment for composing facilities’, helps to ensure that bioaerosols are maintained at appropriate levels at any workplace or boundary dwelling.

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