Mercury, elemental, chronic toxic effect
Metal Poisoning, Occupational
Inhalation of elemental mercury vapor is the most common exposure leading to occupational mercury poisoning. Mercury can cause peripheral neuropathy and neuropsychiatric disorders after chronic exposure. The key to preventing chronic mercury poisoning is to reduce spills and to clean up ones that occur. [ATSDR Case Studies #17] Other forms of mercury poisoning follow ingestion of inorganic mercury and organic mercury compounds. See the chemicals: "Mercury"; "Mercury, alkyl compounds"; "Mercury, aryl compounds"; and "Mercury, inorganic compounds."
In the occupational setting, neurological symptoms develop over months to years; [Olson, p. 238]
Background levels of mercury are generally <10 ug/L for whole blood and <20 ug/L for urine. [Goldfrank, p. 1304] See the ACGIH BEI for elemental mercury.
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