Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Vol. 12, No. 3, 2008, pp. 139-141
Bioline Code: oe08036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2008, pp. 139-141
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Poisoning of Workers Working in Small Lead-based Units|
Sadhu, Harsiddha G.; Amin, B.K.; Parikh, D.J.; Sathawara, N.G.; Mishra, Umesh; Virani, BK.; Lakkad, B.C.; Shivgotra, V.K. & Patel, Shruti
Background: No data are available with the labor departments among the workers of small-scale lead-based units with regard to lead poisoning. One hundred and ninety-five workers were investigated for lead exposure and three were found exceeding the limit of 80 mg/dL, which required a treatment for lead poisoning.
Aim: To assess the exposure and health risk in workers working in small lead-based units.
Setting and Design: Random sampling is selected from the cross-sectional medical study.
Methods and Materials: Medical examination cum biochemical/hematological investigations along with blood lead estimation were carried out in these workers.
Statistical Analysis: Epi-Info and SPSS 16.0 were used for statistical analysis.
Results and Conclusion: Workers′ blood lead levels were brought down from 114.4, 110.0 and 120.6 mg/dL with treatment of D-penicillamine to 40 mg/dL. It may be concluded that lead poisoning is a preventable public health problem that particularly affects the industrial workers in small lead-based units.
Lead poisoning, small-scale industry, treatment, workers
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