Volume No. 9 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 833-839 January-March 2015

 

OCCUPATIONAL TOXICITY OF COPPER AND THEIR HEALTH IMPLICATIONS ON INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF AJMER CITY, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

 

Khan Firoz* and Dutta Subroto

Department of Environmental Science, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, Rajasthan (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 19, 2014

 

ABSTRACT

 

Occupational exposure to copper (Cu) is widespread problem in every region. Cu is an important engineering material of choice of technology having wide industrial application. It is one of the toxic metals, which causes many health hazards in human being. The Cu concentrations in blood serum and urine were analysed in different age group of industrial workers of Ajmer city, Rajasthan, India. The aim of this study was to examine the Cu concentrations in blood serum and urine and also to show its health implications on industrial workers. The levels of serum Cu range from 0.000465.92 g/dl and urinary Cu concentrations ranging from 0.00011.7 umol/l (74.52 g/dl). The prominent symptoms among the industrial workers are vomiting, jaundice, gastrointestinal distress, decreased lung function, renal failure etc. Such results indicate that occupational exposure increases the serum and urinary Cu levels of different industrial workers and adversely affecting multiple organ systems specially lungs, liver and kidneys and might cause permanent damage

 

Keywords : Copper, Blood serum, Gastrointestinal distress, Jaundice, Toxic metal

 

 

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