Mercury

Fact Sheets and FAQs

Date Added Resource Source
Feb 2013

Heavy metals and your health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention (PDF)

http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/LeadPoisoning/MedicalProvidersLaboratories/Documents/HeavyMetals.pdf

This handout will help you understand what is known about testing for and treating chronic heavy metal toxicity, so that you, along with your health care providers, can make the best and safest decisions about your health.

(OHA)
Jun 2009

Mercury: Spills, Disposal and Site Cleanup

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm#flourescent

Humans use mercury in a variety of manufacturing processes and products such as thermometers and fluorescent bulbs. If you improperly dispose of products with mercury in them, they may break and release mercury vapors which are harmful to human and ecological health. This EPA site provides tips and procedures on handling spills related to broken mercury-containing devices, such as fluorescent bulbs.

(EPA)
Dec 2005

Fact Sheet - Cleaning up Mercury Spills (PDF)

http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/mercurycleanup.htm

Mercury is found in a number of common household products. When liquid (elemental) mercury is spilled, it forms droplets that can accumulate in cracks and other small places. These droplets emit vapors into the air that cannot be seen or smelled.

(OR DEQ)
Oct 2005

Mercury Exposure in the Workplace - A Guide for Employers (PDF)

http://www.state.nj.us/health/surv/documents/mercemp.pdf

The purpose of this publication is to provide comprehensive information to ensure that everything possible is done in the workplace to prevent or reduce exposure to meallic mercury. Pages 5 to 11 of this document contain a systematic nine-step framework for acessing and controlling mercury exposure....

(New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services)
Mar 2005

EPA Topic Page: Mercury

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/

This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.

(EPA)
Oct 2004

FactSheet: Common Products Containing Mercury (PDF)

http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/pubs/factsheets/sw/CommonProductsContainingMercury.pdf

Mercury can be found in a variety of household products such as fever thermometers, fluorescent light tubes, thermostats and irons.

(OR DEQ)
Nov 2002

Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services: Mercury (PDF)

http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/1183.pdf
(New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services)
Nov 2002

Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS): Mercury

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh-rtecs/OV456D70.html
(NIOSH)
Nov 2002

International Chemical Safety Card: Mercury

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng0056.html
(NIOSH)
Nov 2002

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards: Mercury

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0384.html
(NIOSH)
Nov 2002

Mercury ToxFAQ

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=113&tid=24

This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about mercury. HIGHLIGHTS: Exposure to mercury occurs from breathing contaminated air, ingesting contaminated water and food, and having dental and medical treatments...

(ATSDR)