Home           Contact us           FAQs           
 
   Journal Page   |   Aims & Scope   |   Author Guideline   |   Editorial Board   |   Search
    Abstract
2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 04)
Article Information:

Assessing the Awareness of the General Public on the Adverse Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Humans and the Environment in Some Sensitive Areas of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana

Crentsil Kofi Bempah, Archibold Buah-Kwofie, John Pwamang, Dzifa Denutsui, Anita Osei Tutu, Seth Kofi Debrah, Juanita Elikem Ayivor, Sarah Blankson-Arthur and Amos Forson
Corresponding Author:  Crentsil Kofi Bempah 

Key words:  Health effects of PCBs, PCB awareness, transformer oils, , , ,
Vol. 4 , (04): 364-370
Submitted Accepted Published
August 26, 2011 October 07, 2011 April 15, 2012
Abstract:

A study was conducted to create the awareness among the general public and especially those who work directly with the transformers on the adverse health effects that are associated with the exposure to transformer oils that may contain PCBs. Knowledge of PCBs and the adverse effects on humans and the environment were assessed among Electricity Company of Ghana staff members, Volta River Authority staff members and the general public. Evidence obtained from the use of structured questionnaire analysed with Statistical Package for Social Scientist (SPSS) version 16 shows that Staff members of the technical departments of ECG/VRA (71.4%) as well as a few welders (16.7%) have come in contact with the transformer oil that may possibly contain PCBs. About 26.1% of female from ECG and VRA indicated they still work with and/or on transformer, thereby increasing the potential adverse effect associated to exposure to transformer oils that may contain PCBs. About 55.6% of the ECG/VRA staff members do not wear any protective clothing when working on transformers thus exposing themselves to PCBs. About 27.3% of the management staff members of ECG/VRA are not aware of the adverse health effects caused by PCBs.
Abstract PDF HTML
  Cite this Reference:
Crentsil Kofi Bempah, Archibold Buah-Kwofie, John Pwamang, Dzifa Denutsui, Anita Osei Tutu, Seth Kofi Debrah, Juanita Elikem Ayivor, Sarah Blankson-Arthur and Amos Forson, 2012. Assessing the Awareness of the General Public on the Adverse Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) on Humans and the Environment in Some Sensitive Areas of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(04): 364-370.
    Advertise with us
 
ISSN (Online):  2041-0492
ISSN (Print):   2041-0484
Submit Manuscript
   Current Information
   Sales & Services
   Contact Information
  Executive Managing Editor
  Email: admin@maxwellsci.com
  Publishing Editor
  Email: support@maxwellsci.com
  Account Manager
  Email: faisalm@maxwellsci.com
  Journal Editor
  Email: admin@maxwellsci.com
  Press Department
  Email: press@maxwellsci.com
Home  |  Contact us  |  About us  |  Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2009. MAXWELL Science Publication, a division of MAXWELLl Scientific Organization. All rights reserved