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Document ID (ISN)109314
CIS number 09-416
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) García Gómez M., Caballero Klink J.D., Boffetta P., Español S., Sällsten G., Gómez Quintana J.
Title Exposure to mercury in the mine of Almadén
Bibliographic information June 2007, Vol.64, No.6, p.389-395. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to describe the historical exposure of workers in a mercury mine in Spain. Data on each workplace, together with historical data on production, production process changes and biological and environmental values of mercury were collected and used to build a job-exposure matrix. A cumulative exposure index was calculated for each worker. Findings are discussed. The exposure of the workers to mercury was very high. The extremely high mercury content of the ore explains the high concentrations of mercury in workplace air, which together with inadequate working conditions, explains the high mercury levels found in blood and urine during the study period.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; mining industry; exposure evaluation; mercury
Descriptors (secondary) occupational hygiene; airborne dust; conditions of work; limitation of exposure; ventilation; determination in urine; job-exposure relation; determination in air; determination in blood; history; long-term exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain; France; Sweden
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Mining and quarrying
Mercury and compounds
Inorganic substances