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Document ID (ISN)39720
CIS number 83-769
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1982
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Roels H, Lauwerys R., Buchet J.P., Bernard A., Barthels A., Oversteyns M., Gaussin J.
Title Comparison of renal function and psychomotor performance in workers exposed to elemental mercury
Bibliographic information Apr. 1982, Vol.50, No.1, p.77-93. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract Renal function and psychomotor performance (eye-hand coordination, arm-hand steadiness) of a group of 43 workers exposed to mercury vapour (battery manufacturing, chloralkali plant) were examined. Their mean age and average duration of exposure to mercury were 38 and 5 years, respectively. Increased proteinuria and albuminuria were found to be slightly more prevalent in the exposed group than in controls. The scores of the psychomotor tests were less satisfactory in the Hg workers, and the arm-hand steadiness test was more discriminative than the eye-hand coordination test. Increased prevalence of abnormal psychomotor scores seems to occur for mercury in blood between 1 and 2µg/100ml and for mercury in urine between 50 and 100µg/g creatinine. Therefore, a biologic threshold limit value of 50µg/g creatinine is proposed for urinary mercury to prevent the development of preclinical effects on the central nervous system.
Descriptors (primary) chlorine production; renal dysfunction; battery and dry cell manufacture; perceptual-motor performance; mercury
Descriptors (secondary) central nervous system; biological threshold limits; proteinuria
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the kidney and the urinary system
Inorganic substances
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Chemical industry
Mercury and compounds