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Heinzow B.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Heinzow B.,The University of Notre Dame Australia | Walker G.,Emden Leer University of Applied Sciences
Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis | Year: 2012

MVOC (Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds) are produced by molds and bacteria. The presence of MVOC in indoor air can be an indication of past or active growth of molds and bacteria, and might be useful in connection with a damp building inspection if the high requirements for sampling, analysis and interpretation of results are observed. It is possible that MVOC have biological signaling effects, however more research on this topic is recommended. Nonspecific psycho-vegetative symptoms related to moldy odors might occur, specific toxic reactions, however, are very unlikely. From the review of the literature it is concluded that MVOC have no toxicological health significance. © ecomed Medizin, Verlagsgruppe Hüthig Jehle Rehm GmbH, Landsberg. Source


Sagunski H.,Behorde fur Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz | Heinzow B.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Muller L.,Der Senator fur Gesundheit
Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis | Year: 2013

In Germany, evaluating indoor air contaminants usually refers to four different approaches of assessment: limit values, guide values, guidelines and reference values. These approaches are different with respect to their legal binding and their significance for human health. In contrast to limit values guide values, guidelines and reference values are not legally binding. However, guide values might receive legal liability either by actual facts or by administrative practice. The evaluation of limit values, guide values and guidelines is generally based on health (e.g. toxicology or hygiene based) aspects. On the other hand, reference values statistically describe the current state of contamination. They are in no case related to health aspects. This brief review illustrates the definitions and the fields of application of these assessment values. © Ecomed Medizin, Verlagsgruppe Hüthig Jehle Rehm GmbH, Landsberg. Source


Sagunski H.,Behorde fur Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz | Heinzow B.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Muller L.,Referat 44 Pharmazie
Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft | Year: 2013

In Germany, evaluating indoor air contaminants usually refers to four different approaches of assessment: limit values, guide values, guidelines and reference values. These approaches are different with respect to their legal binding and their significance for human health. In contrast to limit values guide values, guidelines and reference values are not legally binding. However, guide values might receive legal liability either by actual facts or by administrative practice. The evaluation of limit values, guide values and guidelines is generally based on health (e.g. toxicology or hygiene based) aspects. On the other hand, reference values statistically describe the current state of contamination. They are in no case related to health aspects. This brief review illustrates the definitions and the fields of application of these assessment values. Source


Walker G.,Emden Leer University of Applied Sciences | Ostendorp G.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Heinzow B.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste
Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft | Year: 2012

The concentrations of MMVF and fine particles (PM 10, PM 2.5) in indoor air in 20 schools and kindergartens in Schleswig-Holstein with installed MMVF-materials were measured. The fibre counting and assignment were carried out by scanning electron microscope/energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDXA). As expected in none of the ana- lysed air samples fibres of asbestos were detected, but in some samples fibres of calcium sulfate and other inorganic fibres (MMVF) were found. All concentrations were below 500 fibres/m 3. Two different sampling methods for settled fibres were tested and showed similar results. The results of this study confirm that there is no need to remove MMVF-materials that are appropriately installed. Indoor air concentrations of fine particles (PM 10 and PM 2.5) were comparable with other studies. However the concentrations depend on the manner of re-suspending dust from surfaces, and under normal usage higher concentrations are possible than following standardized simulation of usage. Source


Heinzow B.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Buchner M.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Ostendorp G.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | Masuhr C.,Landesamt fur Soziale Dienste | And 2 more authors.
Tagliche Praxis | Year: 2015

We report about an outbreak of swimming pool acquired dermatitis. This rare disease, also known as hot-foot syndrome, is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and resembles palmoplanar eccrine hydradenitis and per-niones, which preferably occur in children and during the cold season. With knowledge of the phenotypic disease the diagnosis may be based largely on the history of a recent visit to a bath, whirlpool, hot tub, and sauna. If such cases occur more frequently, most likely this atypical Spa dermatitis is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Ps a). It should be noted that compliance with the mandatory microbiological and physico-chemical parameters in pool water does not guarantee the absence of Ps a in recreational baths. Even with negative water testing Ps a in biofilms may occur on surfaces. Thus compliance with the chemical disinfection parameters (i.e. free chlorine) does not absolve from regular and careful mechanical cleaning action of all surfaces, including the swimming pool. Public health authorities must decide whether to pursue this problem through an extended study program in which systematic contact samples on critical surfaces and parts of the technical equipment, since Pseudomonas bacteria have often been detected only in biofilms, but not in water. It is also recommended for precautionary reasons, to take contact samples from «sensitive» surfaces in baths highly frequented by children in addition to the mandatory regular water testing. Recommended «sensitive» sampling locations include: grounds from non-swimmer's pool, water slides, hot tubs and whirlpools. The recent recommendations of the German Federal Environmental Agency [uba 2013] should be specified in accordance therewith. Source

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