Children's personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in urban, rural and mining activity areas

Hinwood, A., Callan, A.C., Heyworth, J., McCafferty, P. and Sly, P.D. (2014) Children's personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in urban, rural and mining activity areas. Chemosphere, 108 125-133. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.02.071

Author Hinwood, A.
Callan, A.C.
Heyworth, J.
McCafferty, P.
Sly, P.D.
Title Children's personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in urban, rural and mining activity areas
Journal name Chemosphere   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-1298
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.02.071
Volume 108
Start page 125
End page 133
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, England, U.K.
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Language eng
Subject 2304 Environmental Chemistry
1600 Chemistry
Abstract There has been limited study of children's personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in rural and iron ore mining activity areas where PM10 concentrations can be very high. We undertook a small study of 70 children where 13 children were recruited in an area of iron ore mining processing and shipping, 15 children from an area in the same region with no mining activities, and 42 children in an urban area. Each child provided a 24h personal exposure PM10 sample, a first morning void urine sample, a hair sample, time activity diary, and self administered questionnaire. Children's 24h personal PM10 concentrations were low (median of 28μgm-3 in the mining area; 48μgm-3 in the rural area and 45μgm-3 in the urban area) with corresponding outdoor PM10 concentrations also low. Some very high personal PM10 concentrations were recorded for individuals (>300μgm-3) with the highest concentrations recorded in the mining and rural areas in the dry season. PM10 concentrations were highly variable. Hair aluminium, cadmium and manganese concentrations were higher in the iron ore activity area, while hair mercury, copper and nickel concentrations were higher in the urban area. Factors such as season and ventilation appear to be important but this study lacked power to confirm this. These results need to be confirmed by a larger study and the potential for absorption of the metals needs to be established along with the factors that increase exposures and the potential for health risks arising from exposure.
Keyword Biological measures
Iron ore dust
Personal exposure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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