With the aim of indicating environmental pollution effects by heavy metals on humans using hair, nondestructive activation
analysis was applied to 382 normal Japanese hair samples (background level). Elemental contents of hair could be determined
for Ag, Al, As, Br, Ca, Cd, Cl, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, I, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, S, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Ti, V and Zn. As these elements
in hair have wide concentration ranges, the differences in concentrations distribution between groups (sex, age, permanent
treatment and regional difference) are discussed. A method for hair sampling is presented.