Mercury exposure and health impacts among individuals in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining community: a comprehensive review

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English
2014

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This review article was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, volume 122 (7). The purpose of the review is to evaluate the current literature regarding the health effects of mercury among those working and/or living in or near artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities. The review found that ASGM workers and their families are exposed to mercury vapour and that workers, workers’ families and residents of nearby and downstream communities are consuming fish that is heavily contaminated with methylmercury.

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Sector / Industry covered: 
TĚŽBA A DOBÝVÁNÍ
Provider: 
World Health Organization
Tasks covered: 
Mining or Quarrying
Hazard - physical state: 
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Neurotoxic substances
Exposure route: 
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Substances used in gold mining, Mercury, Methylmercury

CAS Number: 
7439-97-6
22967-92-6
EC number: 
231-106-7 Mercury
694-823-8
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
General information
Target group: 
Policy makers
Researchers

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