In Singapore, legislation on periodic medical examinations for lead exposed workers in factories was introduced in 1985.
This paper discusses the results of the laboratory tests in workers exposed to inorganic lead in 1987.
Of the 3 main races in Singapore, the Chinese have the lowest blood lead levels after adjusting for the type of industry, age and duration of exposure to lead.
Age was correlated with the duration of lead exposure.
The higher blood lead levels in Malays and Indians may have been contributed to by eating habits (eating with hands).
The higher prevalence of smoking among Malays may also be contributory.
The results in this study, while reassuring that no worker was found with blood lead above 80 mug/dL, also indicated that workers in some factories were still exposed to a health risk.
Mots-clés Pascal : Asie, Toxicité, Plomb, Dosage, Sang, Exposition professionnelle, Saturnisme, Métal lourd, Médecine travail, Surveillance, Singapour, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Asia, Toxicity, Lead, Assay, Blood, Occupational exposure, Saturnism, Heavy metal, Occupational medicine, Supervision, Singapore, Human
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