Title of article :
Determination of chromium in nail samples of hide market workers, Lahore
Abbas, Moneeza Environmental Science Department - Lahore College for Women University - Lahore, Pakistan , Nousheen, Sofia Environmental Science Department - Lahore College for Women University - Lahore, Pakistan , Fazal, Rabia Environmental Science Department - Lahore College for Women University - Lahore, Pakistan
Chromium is one of the widely used heavy metal used on industrial scale andis root cause of a number of healthrelated problemsin humans as well as animals. Chromium not only release into environment from natural sources but also from industries. Tanning of leather include various steps ranging from pretreatment to dying which involves worker’s direct contact with chemicals like chromium and which is responsible for causing serious health problems.Present study wasconducted for quantitative estimation of chromium in nail samples of workers of hide market situated in Shadbagh Lahore near Railway station. General health condition of workers was also assessed through questionnaire. Nail samples of workers were collected, treated, then analyzed in atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS), and results obtained were than analyzedstatistically. Results thus gathered werealsocompared reported values under permissible limit. From results it has been confirmed that concentration of chromium (0.6540±0.039mg/kg)is significantlyhigh inworkersof hide market and they are also suffering from different respiratory problems, skin allergies, and blood pressure. It has also been concluded that this problem is needed to be tackled by adoption of remedial and mitigation measures. Effective and substantial programs are recommended for increasing public awareness about chromium contamination and health effects by social mobilization and community participation.
Workers and health effects , Hide market , Chromium , Nails
Journal title :
Asian Journal of Agriculture and Biology