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Occupational Mercury Exposure at a Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Facility - Wisconsin, 2017
On May 9, 2017, Public Health Madison & Dane County contacted the Wisconsin Division of Public Health for assistance with investigation of mercury exposure among workers at a fluorescent lamp recycling facility. Public Health Madison & Dane County had been contacted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as part of an investigation of potential environmental contamination at the facility. Fluorescent lamps are composed of a phosphor-coated glass tube containing mercury vapor and argon. During the recycling process, lamps are crushed, releasing mercury vapor and mercury-containing...
A Review of Mercury Exposure and Health of Dental Personnel
Considerable effort has been made to address the issue of occupational health and environmental exposure to mercury. This review reports on the current literature of mercury exposure and health impacts on dental personnel. Citations were searched using four comprehensive electronic databases for articles published between 2002 and 2015. All original articles that evaluated an association between the use of dental amalgam and occupational mercury exposure in dental personnel were included. Fifteen publications from nine different countries met the selection criteria. The design and quality of the...
Biomonitoring in California Firefighters
Metals and Perfluorinated Chemicals Objective: To assess California firefighters' blood concentrations of selected chemicals and compare with a representative US population. Methods: We report laboratory methods and analytic results for cadmium, lead, mercury, and manganese in whole blood and 12 serum perfluorinated chemicals in a sample of 101 Southern California firefighters. Results: Firefighters' blood metal concentrations were all similar to or lower than the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) values, except for six participants whose mercury concentrations ...
Cognitive function among sons of women who worked in dentistry
Objective Exposure to elemental mercury vapor can impair neurological function as it is neurotoxic in doses higher than usually found in dentistry. Little is known about the potential effects of fetal exposure to elemental mercury among offspring of female dental workers. We investigated cognitive function among offspring of women working in dentistry at the time of their pregnancy. Methods We compared results for cognitive function examinations taken by the majority of young men in Sweden at the time of compulsory military enlistment (age 17–18 years). Sons of female dentists (N=365) and...
Mercury and Other Occupational Hazards at the Movies
Why is the Mad Hatter mad? His erratic agitated behavior in this classic story refers to a real industrial hazard in Lewis Carroll's Britain of 1865 (hat-making was the main trade in Stockport, near where Carroll grew up). In those days, hatters commonly exhibited slurred speech, tremors, irritability, shyness, depression, and other neurological symptoms; ergo the expression "mad as a hatter." (Clearly, Carroll's Mad Hatter does not express all these symptoms; he is not shy.) The symptoms were caused by chronic occupational exposure to mercury. Hatters toiled in poorly ventilated...
Pollution au mercure : FNE tire le signal d’alarme
A la veille de la réunion de Nairobi (16 février) du Programme des Nations-Unies pour l’Environnement sur les dangers du mercure, France Nature Environnement publie les résultats français de la campagne internationale Zero Mercury. Cette campagne est coordonnée en Europe par le Bureau Européen de l’Environnement (BEE) et au niveau mondial par le Zero Mercury Working Group, un réseau constitué par 75 ONG à travers le monde. Interdit en France en 1998 pour les thermomètres médicaux, le mercure est toujours utilisé...

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