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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 23 | Page No.: 4311-4314
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.4311.4314
 
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Trace Elements in Sawdust Particles in the Vicinity of Sawmill in Sapele, Nigeria

G.E. Nwajei and C.M.A. Iwegbue

Abstract:
This study report the results of determination of concentrations of lead, cadmium, chromium, barium, arsenic and mercury in sawdust particles collected in the vicinity of wood sawmill in Sapele and its environs. The mean levels of the elements observed ranged from 40-250 mg kgG1 for Pb; 0.50 mg kgG1 for Cd; 1.46-160.50 mg kgG1 for Cr; 1.50-94.0 mg kgG1 for Ba; 32.0-84.0 mg kgG1 for As and 0.50-40 mg kgG1 for Hg. The levels of these trace elements observed in the sawdust particles exceeded permissible occupational exposure limits. Sawdust particles constitute serious health risk to human and the environment in general.
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G.E. Nwajei and C.M.A. Iwegbue , 2007. Trace Elements in Sawdust Particles in the Vicinity of Sawmill in Sapele, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10: 4311-4314.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.4311.4314

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2007.4311.4314

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