The Department of the Environment, in conjunction with Local Authorities and Area Health Authorities, has undertaken a large program to monitor blood level concentrations annually over the period 1984 to 1987 in the context of the reduction in the maximum permissible lead content of petrol from 0.4 to 0.15 grammes per litre for 1 January 1986. The study includes adults living in heavily trafficked urban areas and in occupational groups particularly exposed to petrol lead; children aged 6-7 years attending schools in such areas; and control groups of adults and children in rural areas. The surveys are planned to cover about 1,500 adults and 1,000 children in total each year. Cohorts of adults are being followed, with replacement where necessary. Blood samples are being analysed for lead by atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS). Average blood lead concentrations in both adults and children were generally low and were in line with levels expected on the basis of earlier surveys.

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    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • English

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  • Pagination: v.p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 28

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  • Accession Number: 00606967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0-11-752296-1
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM