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Document ID (ISN)109636
CIS number 09-653
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ahmed K., Ayana G., Engidawork E.
Title Lead exposure study among workers in lead acid battery repair units of transport service enterprises, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study
Bibliographic information Nov. 2008, Vol.3, No.30, 8p. Illus. 30 ref.
Internet access http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-3-30.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the magnitude of lead exposure in battery repair workers of three transport service enterprises in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Subjective information from the workers was obtained by means of structured questionnaires. Urinary aminolevulinic acid levels were determined among workers exposed and not exposed to lead, matched by age. Urinary aminolevulinic acid levels were found to be significantly higher in exposed compared to the non-exposed group. From the questionnaire responses and workplace observations, it was also known that all the repair units did not implement effective preventive and control measures for workplace lead exposure. Taken together, these findings indicated that workers in lead acid battery repair units of the transport service enterprises are not protected from possibly high lead exposure.
Descriptors (primary) Ethiopia; lead and compounds; battery and dry cell manufacture; road transport; maintenance and repair
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; limitation of exposure; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; determination in urine; personal protective equipment; supply of personal protective equipment; developing countries; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceEthiopia
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Road transportation
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Lead and compounds