Ceramic folk art workers are at risk for developing lead intoxication.
These workers live in small settlements, which often lack sanitation services, and these individuals work with ceramics in their homes.
The study population comprised individuals of all ages from three rural communities in central Michoacan (Tzintzuntzan, Tzintzunzita, and Colonia Lazaro Cardenas).
A survey questionnaire, which was provided to each individual, included questions about household characteristics, presence of a clay oven in the home, and use of lead oxide ( « greta ») and other hazardous products.
Venous blood samples were obtained from the workers.
We found lead exposure to be reduced if the home floor was covered and if the house had been painted<1 y prior to study.
Blood lead levels exceeded the maximum level permitted, but the levels were lower than those found in the 1970s, during which time study techniques for analyzing samples differed from those used in the present study.
In addition, activity patterns of the populations differed during the two studies.
Mots-clés Pascal : Plomb, Métal lourd, Toxicité, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Poterie, Céramique artisanale, Céramique art, Pollution intérieur, Lieu travail, Surveillance biologique, Plomb Oxyde
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lead, Heavy metal, Toxicity, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Mexico, Central America, America, Pottery, Handcraft pottery, Art ceramics, Indoor pollution, Work place, Biological monitoring, Lead Oxides
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0197022
Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 21/05/1997.