Background: Petrol pump workers are exposed to many air pollutants and chemicals such as benzene, lead, other heavy metals, carbon monoxide (CO), and their metabolites in the work premises of petrol pump, which has carcinogenic and hematotoxic effects.
Aims and Objective: This study was conducted to find the effect of benzene and other air pollutants on red blood cell (RBC) counts, hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, and platelets in petrol pump workers of Surat city.
Materials and Methods: Thirty (30) healthy male petrol pump workers aged 2050 years, working for more than 1 year (more than 8 h/day) who volunteered for the study were taken as the study group. Thirty (30) healthy male non-petrol pump workers aged 2050 years matching socioeconomically with the study group were taken as control group. Morning (810 AM) blood samples were collected under aseptic precautions from all the participants. Blood samples were analyzed by 3-part automated cell counter ABX MICROS 60 in the hematology lab of the Department of Physiology, GMC, Surat. Data were presented as mean ± SD and compared using unpaired t-test. P value
Key words: Red Blood Cell; Air-Pollutants; Petrol Pump Workers; Hematotoxicity