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Document ID (ISN)64583
CIS number 95-1053
Year 1994
Convention or series no. OCDE/GD(94)98 OECD Environment Monograph Series No.103
Title Risk reduction monograph No.4: Mercury - Background and national experience with reducing risk
Bibliographic information Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Environment Directorate, Environmental Health and Safety Division, 2 rue AndrÚ-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France, 1994. 159p. Illus. 138 ref. Gratis.
Abstract World production of mercury has been falling for 20 years, falling below 4000 tonnes in 1991. It is used in the electrolysis of salt to chlorine and sodium hydroxide, in batteries and other electrical equipment, in paints, in tooth fillings and in thermometers and other laboratory equipment. It may be released in industrial activities and in waste disposal, as well as in natural processes. Mercury and many of its compounds attack the central nervous system and the kidney. All OECD member countries regulate it, and some have banned most uses. Summary in French.
Descriptors (primary) OECD; mercury; health hazards; pollution control; limitation of exposure
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; substitution; uses; environmental pollution; neighbourhood protection
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceOECD
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Pollution control
Mercury and compounds
Inorganic substances