Occupational Health

Heavy metal toxicity is an excessive build-up of metals in the body. Oftentimes, the vague symptoms produced by heavy metal toxicity are mistakenly misdiagnosed as incurable chronic conditions. Heavy metal toxicity can result from either acute or chronic exposure to heavy metals.

TOXICITY OF HEAVY METALS: A MAJOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH HAZARDS IN INDUSTRY

No. Heavy Metals Target Organ Industry Occupational Testing
1 ALUMINIUM Bones,  Brain,  Kidneys,
Stomach
Manufacturing and metal finishing process, Fireworks, Ceramics and paints, Electrical goods,  Smelting industry, manufacturing of abrasives Aluminium (Serum)
2 ARSENIC Blood, Kidneys, Central Nervous System, Digestive System, Skin Manufacturing of Brass, Bronze, Ceramics, Dyes, Wood products and Paints, Smelting process of copper, zinc and lead; Manufacture of chemicals and glass Arsenic (Urine, Blood)
3 CADMIUM Liver, Placenta, Kidneys, Lungs , Brain, Bone Battery industry, pigment manufacturing, Electroplating, imitation jewellery making Cadmium (Blood, Urine)
4 CHROMIUM Lung Liver, Kidneys, Spleen, Adrenals, Plasma,  Bone, Marrow Electroplating, Welding, Steel making, Leather Tanning, Photography, Dyeing and Chemical manufacturing Chromium (Urine, Blood)
5 COPPER Brain, Skin, Hair, Central Nervous System, Blood , Bones Smelting industry, Mining, Manufacturing of fungicides and algaecides, Manufacturing of ceramics, jewellery and coins Copper (Serum, Urine)
6 LEAD Bones , Brain, Blood, Kidneys, Thyroid Gland Paint industry, Ceramic glazes, Smelting, Battery making, Soldering, Stained glass manufacturing, Brass and Bronze foundry Lead (Blood, Urine)
7 MANGANESE Bones, Brain, Central Nervous System Foundry, Welding, Manufacturing of drugs, glass, warnish, ceramics, feed additives, Dry cell manufacturing Manganese (Blood, Urine)
8 MERCURY Brain, Kidneys, Stomach, Eyes, Ears Mining, Smelting industry, Manufacturing of mirrors, tubelights and bulbs, Pesticides and Fungicide production, Photography, Mercury battery manufacturing, Mercury containing instruments such as thermometers and barometers, Chloralkali industry Mercury (Urine, Blood)
9 NICKEL Lung, Liver, Kidneys, Spleen, Adrenals, Plasma, Bone Marrow Ink, Magnets, Spark plugs, paints, Stainless steel including Welding, enamels, Ceramics, Batteries, Glass, Alloys Nickel (Urine, Blood)
10 ZINC Immune System, Blood, Pancreas , Stomach, Cholesterol, GI System, Taste Manufacturing of Brass and Bronze, Paint, Rubber, Dyes, Wood preservatives and Ointments, Galvanizing. Zinc (Serum)