Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:26
The Charity 'Garden Organic' who taught us Compost Masters about making and using compost have recently advised, re turning compost;
Two particular areas of concern are
1. Inhalation of bioaerosols (microorganisms and/or other small biological particles suspended in air)
2. Contact with human pathogens (through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact)
The good news is that 'analysis of the available world-wide literature by Garden Organic found only two reported cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis resulting from the domestic situation.'
'Little is known about pathogens in a domestic composting situation. Research ...the risk of exposure is low...'
I do not so much turn the entire compost bin as loosen it up to make sure that air gets in to avoid the process becoming anaerobic.