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Research Article
Analysis of Potentially Toxic Metals in Airborne Cement Dust Around Sagamu, Southwestern Nigeria

A.M. Gbadebo and O.D. Bankole

Journal of Applied Sciences, 2007, 7(1), 35-40.

Abstract

This study analyzed the concentration levels of potentially toxic and harmful elements contained in the airborne cement dust generated in the vicinity and farther away 500 m in the conventional four cardinal directions from the West African Portland Cement Company (WAPCO) factory mill, Sagamu. The results indicated that the concentration range of these toxic elements fall between 40.0 and 280,000 μg g–1 in the cement dust samples. Also, the concentration range of these toxic elements in 1 L of air samples varies between 0.01 μg g–1 and 29.92 μg L–1. The results generally show elevated concentrations of all the elements when compared with USA threshold limit of particulate metal concentration (e.g., Pb (1.5 g m–3); Cd (0.004-0.026 g m–3) in the air. These elements in the airborne cement dusts may pose a great threat to the health of plants, animals and residents in and around the factory and also to workers and visitors to the factory.

ASCI-ID: 35-1566

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