Heavy Metal Distribution in Street Dust from Traditional Markets and the Human Health Implications
AbstractStreet dust is a hazard for workers in traditional markets. Exposure time is longer than for other people, making them vulnerable to heavy metals in street dust. This study investigated heavy metal concentrations in street dust samples collected from different types of markets. It compared the results with heavy metal concentrations in heavy traffic and rural areas. Street dust was significantly enriched with most heavy metals in a heavy traffic area while street dust from a fish market was contaminated with cupper (Cu), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn). Street dust from medicinal herb and fruit markets, and rural areas were not contaminated. Principal component and cluster analyses indicated heavy metals in heavy traffic road and fish market dust had different sources. Relatively high heavy metal concentration in street dust from the fish market may negatively affect worker’s mental health, as depression levels were higher compared with workers in other markets. Therefore, intensive investigation of the relationship between heavy metal concentrations in street dust and worker’s health in traditional marketplaces should be conducted to elucidate the effect of heavy metals on psychological health in humans. View Full-Text
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Kim, J.A.; Park, J.H.; Hwang, W.J. Heavy Metal Distribution in Street Dust from Traditional Markets and the Human Health Implications. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 820.
Kim JA, Park JH, Hwang WJ. Heavy Metal Distribution in Street Dust from Traditional Markets and the Human Health Implications. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(8):820.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kim, Jin A.; Park, Jin H.; Hwang, Won J. 2016. "Heavy Metal Distribution in Street Dust from Traditional Markets and the Human Health Implications." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 8: 820.
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