Detection of nickel in nail samples of poultry farm workers

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Moneeza Abbas*, Ayesha Abbas, Amina Abrarand Sofia Nosheen


Nickel content in nail samples of male poultry farm workers involved in manual feeding operations was detected using atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS). The nickel concentration in nail sample of poultry farm workers ranged from 0.53 to 6.10mg/l. Assessment of general health status of workers revealed that some workers had different kind of skin allergies and respiratory diseases like asthma due to unpredictable toxicity of nickel in their body owing to exposure to Ni during manual feeding operations.

Keywords: Nickel; Fingernails; Male worker; Atomic absorption spectrophotometer

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