Reducing mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining: a practical guide

Type of item
EU & international information
Country
International
Year of publication
2012

English

Description

This practical guide provides an overview of the use of mercury in gold mining and discusses ways to minimise use and contact with mercury.

Other data

Provider
Provider name (English)
United Nations Environment Programme
Provider name (Original)
United Nations Environment Programme
Provider url:
Tasks covered
Handling Chemicals
Mining or Quarrying
Smelting and Casting Metal
Biological hazard
Not applicable
Hazard - physical state
Gases
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects
Neurotoxic substances
Irritants
Toxic substances
Exposure route
Dermal contact
Ingestion
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description

Mercury, Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous, Potassium nitrate, Nitric acid;

CAS Number
7439-97-6
1303-96-4, 1330-43-4, 12179-04-3
7440-09-7, 7757-79-1
7697-37-2, 7697-37-3
EC number
231-106-7
215-540-4
231-818-8
231-714-2
Prevention measures
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
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
Awareness raising
General information
Guidance
Target group
All (no specific target group)