Microbial Corrosion of Occupational Buildings: Guide for Scientists and Practitioners, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Microbial Corrosion of Occupational Buildings

Guide for Scientists and Practitioners, 1st Edition

Edited by Rafal Górny

CRC Press

136 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Environmental stress caused by water continuously exposes buildings to microbial colonization. This is highly evident when both minor dampness and mass flooding occur. The text describes how microbiological corrosion of buildings and the structures and substances derived from these hazards are responsible for the adverse health effects on people exposed to these contaminated environments. Microbiological Corrosion of Buildings describes the key elements and methods for neutralising and removing microbiological contamination, and the operating algorithm for checking the effectiveness and preventative solutions. Ideal for construction engineers, microbiologists and professionals in the field.


  • Latest methods for detection of indoor microbial hazards
  • Identifies the tools needed for natural, non-destructive and invasive methods of bio-corrosion removal
  • Describes the social and health problems associated with exposure to microbiological hazards
  • Provides case studies and examples of microorganisms responsible for microbial corrosion


"Climate change and the associated adverse effects, such as floods and whirlwinds, make the problem of microbiological corrosion of buildings that generates health risks and economic losses on a global scale, the focus of science and technology. The monograph presents a complex problem of building bio-corrosion, that requires the knowledge of distant fields of microbiology and building technology, for the use of both, scientists and practitioners. This pioneering work of interdisciplinary nature harmoniously combines the knowledge on specific microbiological issues relating to the process of bio-corrosion and the associated health risks with detailed issues of construction technology concerning the prevention of bio-corrosion and its removal. The authors succeeded in combining a very high scientific level of the monograph with an accessible and understandable presentation of complex problems. The extensive references, ranging from ‘classical’ items from many years ago to the most recent articles presenting the state-of-the-art in this field, are worth emphasizing."

—Prof. Jacek Dutkiewicz, PhD, DSc, Institute of Rural Health in Lublin

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Water damage in buildings and associated microbiological contamination. 3. Main factors of microbiological contamination of indoor environments. 4. Epidemiology of microbiological contamination of indoor environments. 5. Environmental conditions for microbiological contamination of buildings. 6. Biodeterioration of building materials. 7. Methods of identifying indoor microbial hazards. 8. Assessment of the level of microbiological contamination of air and surfaces. 9. Methods of drying buildings. 10. Combating microbial corrosion in buildings. 11. Indoor microbiological contamination from a legal perspective. 12. Microbial corrosion of buildings in everyday practice.

About the Editor

Rafał L. Górny, PhD, a full professor of medical sciences, is currently head of the Laboratory of Biohazards at the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland. In the last 25 years of professional work, he has been engaged in numerous studies on the health-related aspects of exposure to particulate, biological, and fibrous aerosols in occupational and non-occupational environments. His research efforts have been presented in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, more than 100 conference presentations, several monographs and book chapters. Since 2002, he has been working as a World Health Organization and European Commission adviser within the field of biological agents.

About the Series

Occupational Safety, Health, and Ergonomics

Theory and Practice

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety