Incidence of Lead in the Blood of Jeepney Drivers in the City of Baguio

by
Benilda Z. Narcelles, PhD

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to study the incidence of lead in the blood obtained from the selected jeepney drivers in the City of Baguio. Determining the level of incidence and looking into the years of driving and the type of diseases incurred by the drivers were the points of emphasis of this study. Jeepney drivers plying the Aurora Hill – Plaza route were the subjects of the study. Forty-three drivers were randomly selected. After analysis via the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, results showed that the incidence of lead in the blood obtained from the jeepney drivers had a level of 0.4271 ppm, interpreted as moderate. It can be concluded therefore that most of the jeepney drivers in Baguio are still safe from the level of toxicity because the results still conform with the standards set by the World Health Organization. There are no significant differences in the level of incidence in the blood of jeepney drivers considering the years of driving and the type of diseases incurred by the drivers.

Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, July – December 2005