Neutron activation analysis for some toxic elements in the hair of some galamsée workers in Ghana

  • K. Ahmad Chemistry Department, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 80, Legon.
  • E.K. Osae Physics Department, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 80, Legon.
  • B.J.B. Nyarko Physics Department, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 80, Legon.
  • Y. Serfor-Armah Chemistry Department, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 80, Legon.

Abstract



Hair samples of 26 workers involved in small scale gold mining, popularly called “Galamsée,” have been analysed using thermal NAA for mercury and other elements including As and Sb, all considered as toxic. The following elements have been found in these hair samples Hg. As, Sb, Sm, Ho, Zn, La, Na, K, Au and Br. Similarly, hair analysis of 10 non-galamsée workers, for control and comparison, using the same NAA technique yielded the following elements: Ho, Zn, Na, K and Br.

JOURNAL OF THE GHANA SCIENCE ASSOCIATION Volume 2 No. 1 (2000) pp. 39-44
Published
2004-05-25
Section
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