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Blog/Opinion: Biological contaminants

By HHI Staff

Anything airborne that is now living, was once living, or was produced by something alive, and has the capacity to create negative health effects, is considered to be a biological contaminant. Therefore, bacteria, viruses, dust-mite body fragments and feces, mold, mildew, and pollen are all biological contaminants. These particular biological contaminants are in particulate form (tiny bits of solid matter). However, most metabolic processes also release a variety of gases including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These, too, are biological contaminants, but in a non-particulate, gaseous form.

 

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Biological contaminants:  Created on January 5th, 2015.  Last Modified on January 5th, 2015

 

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