Health monitoring for mercury (inorganic)
This guide helps doctors monitor the health of workers exposed to inorganic mercury.
We use mercury in batteries, instruments like thermometers, floodlights, streetlights, manufacturing and to mine gold and silver ores. Exposure can happen when we breathe mercury vapour.
Examples of work with mercury include:
making pigments and bottom paints (mercuric oxide) and vermilion (mercuric sulfide) in the paint industry
removing gold and silver from pyrites (mercuric sulfate)
separating gold from tailings
laboratory work in small spaces
exploring, producing and refining natural gas
using fluorescent lamps and electrical meters.
This guide is part of a health monitoring guide collection.
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