Il campionamento degli allergeni nelle polveri depositate nei luoghi di lavoro.

Translated title of the contribution: Sampling of allergens in dust deposited in the workplace

L. Perfetti, E. Galdi, V. Pozzi, G. Moscato

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Abstract

Some workplaces share with domestic dwellings many characteristics favouring house dust mite growth. Moreover it has recently been shown that pets owners can bring allergens to public places with their clothes. So it is possible that significant exposure to indoor allergens can occur outside homes, at the workplace. The recent availability of immunoassays with monoclonal antibodies for indoor allergens has enabled many investigators to quantify exposure to such allergens in epidemiological studies. Analysis of allergens in settled dust is a simple method of quantification exposure to indoor allergens. The concentrations of indoor allergens in public places have already been investigated and high levels of indoor allergens have been reported. A study performed by our group in offices (banks and media) in different regions of Italy has also shown significant levels of indoor allergens. Thus, evaluating exposure to indoor allergens at the workplace is critical to evaluate risk factors for sensitization and elicitation of symptoms in sensitized subjects and such data help in addressing correctly the problem of reducing exposure levels.

Translated title of the contributionSampling of allergens in dust deposited in the workplace
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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