The importance of indoor air quality in occupational health has gained momentum in recent years. As a result the NIOH Bioaerosol Monitoring Unit recently embarked on several research projects to study health effects due to exposure to airborne endotoxins and latex particles in the dental and health care industries. Exposure to allergens in the bakery and spice industries is addressed through collaborative projects. Air sampling techniques for Mycobacterium tuberculosis have been added to the research agenda of the Unit recently.

The following projects are classified under this focus area: