Lead and black carbon found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood, study says

Lead and black carbon found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood, study says

- Research showed that lead and black carbon were found in the blood of MMDA traffic enforcers

- They also studied the harmful effects of these in their health

- It has been recommended for MMDA traffic enforcers to have work hazard pay

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A study showed that exposure to traffic-related air pollution can bring harmful effects to the hearts and lungs of the traffic enforcers.

KAMI learned that the research team led by Emmanuel Baja of National Institutes for Health-University of the Philippines Manila assessed the health status of 158 Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcers and they found an increase of black carbon.

In a report by Rappler (author Janella Paris), the presence of black carbon may increase the risk of blood pressure of female enforcers and “even smokers.” Inflammation caused by black carbon and heavy metal could also lead to heart damage.

In addition, black carbon may decrease the lung function of male, obese, and non-smoker enforcers. The lead was also found in the blood of the enforcers which could imply systemic inflammation.

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As shared by ABS-CBN News on Twitter, Baja recommends that the MMDA traffic enforcers should have a work hazard pay for being exposed to black carbon and lead.

As of now, MMDA traffic enforcers are earning a minimum wage and make P537 per day.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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