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Detection of VOC in blood of workers of a rice mill and their occupational health and safety conditions

By: Syeda Amber Fatima, Ghazala Yaqub, Babra Iqbal

Key Words: VOC, Rice mill.

J. Bio. Env. Sci. 9(3), 102-111, September 2016.


An occupational health hazard is defined as the potential risks to health and safety for those who work outside the home. Some occupational health and safety hazards are expected in rice mill and psychological and social issues are very common in industries. These issues can be excessive work load, physical assort, asthma, headache and volatile organic compounds in blood etc. The objective of this study is to identify the environmental health and safety hazards in Rice mill. Monitoring and experimental work are also done to check the environmental conditions. To check the quality of water, some tests are done e.g pH, TSS, TDS, hardness and temperature. Noise is measured by noise level meter and dust analyzer is used to monitor particulate matter. The technology is used for determination of volatiles organic compounds is Gas chromatography. Results shows that highest value of pH is 6.59, DO is 1.75mg/L, TSS is 0.006g, TDS is 0.002g, noise is 105 dB, TSP is 3350µg/m3. So water quality is good and noise level and total particulate matters are high. Benzene, ethyl acetate and toluene are detected in blood samples. For fulfilling the requirement of sustainable operation, both government and industrial members have to work in coordination with each other.

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