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Document ID (ISN)106245
CIS number 07-169
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hurtado J., Gonzales G.F., Steenland K.
Title Mercury exposures in informal gold miners and relatives in southern Peru
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 2006, Vol.12, No.4, p.340-345. Illus. 25 ref.
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Abstract 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)g/L for working in smelters and living near smelters, respectively. A third group working in amalgamation had a mean 18g/L (range 8-37). People living in the mining town but with no mining activities had 8g/L (5-10), while a control group outside the town had 4g/L (2-6). Mean airborne mercury exposure was 2,423g/m3 (range 530-4,430) during smelting, 30.5g/m3 (12-55) during amalgamation, and 12g/m3 (3-23) in the mining town. Smelters are highly contaminated with mercury, as are the people living around smelters.
Descriptors (primary) informal sector; mercury; gold mining; environmental pollution; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) case-control study; determination in urine; determination in air; neighbourhood populations
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePeru; USA
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Inorganic substances
Mercury and compounds
Environmental pollution
Exposure evaluation
Mining and quarrying