Byung Uk Lee 1, In Gi Hong1, Dae Hee Lee1, Eui-Seok Chong1, Jae Hee Jung2, Jai Hyo Lee3, Hyung Joo Kim4, Im-Soon Lee5

  • 1 Aerosol and Bioengineering Laboratory, College of Engineering, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143-701, Korea
  • 2 Environmental Sensor System Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791, Korea
  • 3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul, 143-701, Korea
  • 4 Department of Microbial Engineering, College of Engineering, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul, 143-701, Korea
  • 5 Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Konkuk University, 1 Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul, 143-701, Korea

Received: July 14, 2011
Revised: November 21, 2011
Accepted: November 21, 2011
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2011.07.0097 

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Cite this article:
Lee, B.U., Hong, I.G., Lee, D.H., Chong, E.S., Jung, J.H., Lee, J.H., Kim, H.J. and Lee, I.S. (2012). Bacterial Bioaerosol Concentrations in Public Restroom Environments. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 12: 251-255. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2011.07.0097


 

ABSTRACT


The number concentrations of total culturable bacterial bioaerosols in seven public restroom environments were measured via a standard measurement method provided by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. Outdoor bioaerosols were also measured to compare with data collected in public restrooms. The measurements were conducted for one year, with varying concentrations of airborne bacterial bioaerosols observed in public restrooms. The effect of the number of users on the concentration of bioaerosols in public restrooms was also analyzed. The experimental results provided useful and basic information for the study and development of control methods against bioaerosols in public restrooms.


Keywords: Bioaerosols; Air quality; Indoor air; Restroom; Impactor


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