TitleChemical contaminant exposures assessed using silicone wristbands among fuel station attendants, taxi drivers and commercial motorcycle riders in Kampala, Uganda.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsAtusingwize E, Rohlman D, Hoffman PD, Wafula STsebeni, Musoke D, Buregyeya E, Mugambe RK, Ndejjo R, Ssempebwa JC, Anderson KA
JournalArch Environ Occup Health
Date Published2023 Nov 02

There are concerns over traffic-related air pollution in Uganda's capital, Kampala. Individuals in the transportation sector are hypothesized to be at greater risk for exposure to volatile organic compounds, given their proximity to vehicle exhaust. Silicone wristbands are a wearable technology that passively sample individuals' chemical exposures. We conducted a pilot cross sectional study to measure personal exposures to volatile organic compounds among 14 transportation workers who wore a wristband for five days. We analyzed for 75 volatile organic compounds; 33 chemicals (35%) were detected and quantified in at least 50% of the samples and 15 (16%) chemicals were detected and quantified across all the samples. Specific chemicals were associated with participants' occupation. The findings can guide future large studies to inform policy and practice to reduce exposure to chemicals in the environment in Kampala.

Alternate JournalArch Environ Occup Health
PubMed ID37916578
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Silicone Wristband Personal Monitoring Device