Relationship between the lead concentration in hair and occupational exposure

Br J Ind Med. 1983 Feb;40(1):67-70. doi: 10.1136/oem.40.1.67.


The lead content of hair in workers occupationally exposed was correlated with the blood lead concentration. Determinations of lead in blood and hair were performed by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrophotometry in two exposed groups and a control group. A significant correlation was observed between the blood lead and hair lead concentrations, and a regression analysis showed an exponential accumulation of the lead content in hair, simultaneously with the increase of the values in blood. The colour of the hair and the age of the subject did not influence the lead accumulation in hair in the occupationally exposed subjects. The assessment of lead in hair is considered a useful screening test in estimating occupational exposure.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / analysis
  • Environmental Exposure*
  • Hair / analysis*
  • Hair Color
  • Humans
  • Lead / adverse effects
  • Lead / analysis*
  • Lead / blood
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Medicine


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Lead