|Document ID (ISN)||106245|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Hurtado J., Gonzales G.F., Steenland K.
||Mercury exposures in informal gold miners and relatives in southern Peru
||Oct.-Dec. 2006, Vol.12, No.4, p.340-345. Illus. 25 ref.
||http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/IJOEH_1204_Hurtado.pdf [in English]
||Subjects working in or living near informal gold mining and processing in southern Peru were studied to determine mercury exposures from two tasks: amalgamation and amalgam smelting. The authors collected 17 airborne and 41 urinary mercury levels. The mean urinary levels were 728 (range: 321-1,662) and 113 (45-197)µg/L for working in smelters and living near smelters, respectively. A third group working in amalgamation had a mean 18µg/L (range 8-37). People living in the mining town but with no mining activities had 8µg/L (5-10), while a control group outside the town had 4µg/L (2-6). Mean airborne mercury exposure was 2,423µg/m3 (range 530-4,430) during smelting, 30.5µg/m3 (12-55) during amalgamation, and 12µg/m3 (3-23) in the mining town. Smelters are highly contaminated with mercury, as are the people living around smelters.
||informal sector; mercury; gold mining; environmental pollution; exposure evaluation
||case-control study; determination in urine; determination in air; neighbourhood populations
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Peru; USA|
||Mines and quarries
|Broad subject area(s)
Mining and quarrying
Mercury and compounds