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This document is intended to support health workers who practise in communities where artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) occurs. However, it could also be used by employers to train their workers. This guide is well illustrated and contains key messages that should be conveyed to the community and to workers. This document has two main objectives: to Inform the community on the health risks associated with ASGM and to encourage the community to prevent the main health risks by using simple solutions.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Těžba neželezných rud
Provider: 
Artisanal Gold Council
Tasks covered: 
Mining or Quarrying
Hazard - physical state: 
Gases
Liquids
Hazard - health effects: 
Neurotoxic substances
Exposure route: 
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Substances used in gold mining, mercury

CAS Number: 
7439-97-6
EC number: 
231-106-7
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 2. Reducing / minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Hygiene measures
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Training
Target group: 
Employers
Occupational health physician
Pupils
Safety officers
Trainees
Workers
Workers representatives

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