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RECORD NUMBER: 186 OF 891
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Biological Health Risks Associated with the Composting of Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge.|
|Author||Clark, C. S. ; Bjornson, H. S. ; Schwartz-Fulton, J. ; Holland, J. W. ; Gartside, P. S. ;|
|CORP Author||Cincinnati Univ. Medical Center, OH. Inst. of Environmental Health.;Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.|
|Additional Subjects||Sewage treatment ; Composts ; Sludge disposal ; Industrial hygiene ; Exposure ; Solid waste disposal ; Hazardous materials ; Microorganisms ; High temperature tests ; Reprints ; Health risks ; Occupational safety and health ; Sewage sludge ; Composting|
During 1979-81 a prospective epidemiological study was conducted of compost workers in Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Beltsville, MD. The study included air monitoring and clinical and serological evaluation of exposed and control workers. Clinical and serologic evaluation consisted of physical examinations, chest X-rays, illness and medical history, liver and kidney function profiles, nose and throat cultures, determination of antibody to LPS prepared from compost samples, skin testing with A. fumigatus antigen, quantitation of IgG, IgM, IgA and IgE, determination of C-reactive protein, levels of C3 and CH50, complete blood count with differential and pulmonary functions tests. Physical examinations revealed an excess of abnormal skin, ear, nose and eye conditions among compost-exposed workers.