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|Título:||Exposure to fungi in dockers|
|Citação:||Viegas C, Dias R. Exposure to fungi in dockers. In In Arezes PM, Batista JS, Barroso MP, Carneiro P, Cordeiro P, Costa N, et al, editors. SHO2014 – International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene: proceedings book. p. 464-5.|
|Resumo:||Several activities are ensured by dockers increase occupational exposure to several risk factors. being one of them the fungal burden from the load. In this study we aim at characterizing fungal contamination in one warehouse that storage sugar cane from a ship, and also in one crane cabinet that unload the same sugar cane from the ship. Air samples were collected from the warehouse and from inside the crane cabinet. An outdoor sample was also collected, from each sampling site, and regarding as reference. Sampling volume was selected depending in the contamination expected and the air samples were collect through an impaction method in a flow rate of 140 L/min onto malt extract agar (MEA) supplemented with chloramphenicol (0.05%), using the Millipore air Tester (Millipore). Surfaces samples from the warehouse were collected by swabbing the surfaces of the same indoor sites, using a 10 by 10cm square stencil according to the International Standard ISO 18593 (2004). The obtained swabs were then plated onto MEA. All the collected samples were incubated at 27ºC for 5 to 7 days. After laboratory processing and incubation of the collected samples, quantitative (colony-forming units - CFU/m3 and CFU/m2) and qualitative results were obtained with identification of the isolated fungal species. Aspergillus fumigatus present the highest fungal load and WHO guideline was overcome in both indoor sampling sites. The results obtained in this study highlight the need to know better the exposure burden from dockers, and specifically to fungi contamination.|
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