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EXPOSURE TO PARTICULATE MATTER AND HEAVY METALS IN THE POPULATIONS OF CENTRAL ZONES OF BELGRADE

By
Slobodan Tošović ,
Slobodan Tošović

Institute of Public Health of Belgrade (IPHB), Belgrade, Serbia

Svetlana Mladenović Janković ,
Svetlana Mladenović Janković

Institute of Public Health of Belgrade (IPHB), Belgrade, Serbia

Anka Cvetković
Anka Cvetković

Institute of Public Health of Belgrade (IPHB), Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract

Particulate matter (PM) is hazardous to human health. This paper deals with PM concentrations in ambient and indoor air on three locations (two being in the central parts of the city and another onenear industrial zone of the settlement of Lazarevac, lying in the outskirts of Belgrade). The aim of the paper is to assess the scope of exposure to particulate matter and heavy metals (Pb, NI, Cr, Cd and As) adhered to them. Concentrations of PM in indoor air in the central zones of the city are lower than these measured in ambient air. We concluded that the air is predominant source of heavy metals and metalloids in the environment. Since people spend more than 80% of the time indoors, the control and elimination of local sources of pollution may significantly reduce the scope of exposure to individual pollutants.

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