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Mercury

Overview

Highlights

Mercury is naturally occurring and exists in several forms. High mercury exposure results in permanent nervous system and kidney damage. Exposure is most likely to occur during mining, production, and transportation of mercury, as well as mining and refining of gold and silver ores. Mercury is commonly found in thermometers, manometers, barometers, gauges, valves, switches, batteries, and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. It is also used in amalgams for dentistry, preservatives, heat transfer technology, pigments, catalysts, and lubricating oils.

Standards

Mercury hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, maritime, and construction.

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Properties and Health Effects

Outlines mercury in its three general forms and provides additional information on its properties and the health effects.

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Evaluation

Provides information on methods for sampling the difference forms of mercury.

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Possible Solutions

Highlights information on controlling mercury exposure.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to mercury.

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