Bioaerosols emissions characterization from green waste composting

Bioaerosols emissions characterization from green waste composting

Zaheer Ahmad Nasir and Sean Tyrrel

School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, UK

Summary

Currently the risk assessment of bioaerosols emissions from industrial processes, such as green waste composting, suffers from uncertainties in hazard characterization and the probability of consequences due to limitations associated with currently used methods. The lack of knowledge on spatio-temporal characterization and size distribution of bioaerosols emissions from such facilities poses significant challenges for policy makers and regulators to propose proportionate risk based policies and regulations to protect public and environmental health. Among variety of emerging techniques fluorescence spectroscopy has shown promising potential in detecting and broadly classifying bioaerosols (Hernandez et al. 2016). This paper provides the results of a study that aims to detect and characterize bioaerosols emissions in real-time from green waste composting by using a novel ultraviolet light-induced fluorescence sensor.

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