Institute for chemical processing of coal, Zamkowa 1, 41-803 Zabrze, Poland
The determination of concentrations of trace elements in hair is frequently used to evaluate heavy metal exposures in domestic and occupational environments. Because of the ease with which samples can be collected, transported, stored, and analyzed, hair analysis is valuable in screening individuals and populations for exposures to these metals. It can therefore be used to monitor this exposure in the occupational environment and can serve as a screening test for heavy metal systemic poisoning. The aim of this review is to document the current status of hair analysis in environmental pollution.