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An assessment of the contribution from paint flakes to the lead content of some street and household dusts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4048930     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A method has been developed for estimating crudely the quantity of lead in dusts derived from paint flakes. This involves an assessment of the paint mass in the dust: gravimetrically in the coarse fractions, and by microscopic measurement in the fine fractions. Some street and house dust samples were examined. The street dusts contained up to 20% of lead from paint, and the house dusts up to 15%. However, it was the least lead-polluted dusts that contained the highest proportions of lead from paint. In the samples examined the paint flakes contained only low to moderate amounts of lead (0.07-4.21% w/w) and in the case of high lead paints the contribution from this source could be considerably greater.
W T Sturges; R M Harrison
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0048-9697     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  1985 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-11-14     Completed Date:  1985-11-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants / analysis*
Dust / analysis*
Lead / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Dust; 7439-92-1/Lead

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