Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites that are produced by certain moulds. They occur where organic matter is degraded. High and continuous exposure to mycotoxins may be hazardous to health e.g. cause damage to liver and kidney. In compost facilities, where biodegradable waste is handled, workers are at risk when they inhale dusts and bioaerosols containing mycotoxins. In this project the workers’ mycotoxin body burden is examined with biological monitoring. Mycotoxins and their metabolites are determined in urine samples of workers exposed to moulds. The results shall enable the evaluation of the mycotoxins' risk potential and thereby improve occupational safety.
Unit 4.2 "Health Surveillance, Biological Monitoring"