An expansion of facilities for the production of renewable energy is currently observed in Europe. Besides the traditional areas of hydropower and wind energy the production of biogas in specific biogas production plants is highly developed, particularly in Germany. The exponential increase in biogas production plants shows primarily a rapidly developing industry and a large potential for new jobs. While in Germany in 2000, only 1050 biogas plants were present, in 2010, 5905 plants, were counted. Overall, 44500 employees were estimated to work in this sector, but no appropriate exposure data for biological agents are available for risk assessment. Aim of this project is the generation and collection of corresponding data, to be used for a Code of Practice for safe at work with biological agents based on German Occupational Safety and Health regulations.
Unit 4.7 "Biological Agents"