M9 Environmental monitoring of bioaerosols at regulated facilities has been published

This technical guidance note has been produced to provide a standardised approach for monitoring bioaerosols. It is applicable to facilities that have both ambient and point source emissions. It has been developed to replace the 2009 standardised protocol for monitoring ambient bioaerosols at open compost facilities , which the EA developed with the Association for Organics Recycling (now known as the Organics Recycling Group). Since 2009, the number of enclosed biowaste treatment facilities, which have point source emissions from stacks or biofilters, has continued to increase. Also, there have been various developments in approaches and techniques for bioaerosol monitoring. In order to take account of these changes, the EA agreed with the Organics Recycling Group that it was necessary to produce this technical note to assist operators and the regulator.

This technical guidance note is one of a series providing guidance on monitoring to regulators, process operators and those with interests in monitoring. It provides information on the monitoring of bioaerosols from stacks, open biofilters and in ambient air. It focuses on the following bioaerosol components: the thermotolerant fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, total mesophilic bacteria. The general principles of the measurement methods may also be used to measure other types of bioaerosols.

The full guidance note document can be found HERE

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Published: 9/02/17

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