Developing a national action plan to reduce, and where feasible, eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining

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2015

Description

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, opened for signature in October 2013 in Japan, creates a blueprint for actions to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.
This document represents an expansion of the publication Guidance Document: Developing a National Strategic Plan to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (United Nations Environment Programme, 2011) and is intended to reflect Convention obligations and other advances in understanding of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector. This document provides guidance to countries in formulating national action plans (NAPs) that are compliant with the requirements of the Minamata Convention, and provides technical, legal and policy information on issues related to ASGM, which can be useful when preparing and implementing a NAP. Although the use of this guidance is not a requirement under the Minamata Convention, it is intended to assist countries with the preparation of their NAPs. 

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Sector / Industry covered: 
INDUSTRIES EXTRACTIVES
Extraction de minerais de métaux non ferreux
Provider: 
United Nations Environment Programme
Tasks covered: 
Mining or Quarrying
Hazard - physical state: 
Liquids
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Neurotoxic substances
Toxic substances
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Substances used in mining, mercury

CAS Number: 
7439-97-6 Mercury
EC number: 
231-106-7 Mercury
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
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
Guidance
Target group: 
Policy makers

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