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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 139-141

Poisoning of workers working in small lead-based units

1 National Institute of Occupational Health, Meghani Nagar, Ahmedabad - 380 016, India
2 Department of Medicine, B J Medical College, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad - 380 016, India

Correspondence Address:
Harsiddha G Sadhu
National Institute of Occupational Health, Meghani Nagar, Ahmedabad - 380 016
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.44697

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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.


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