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Use mercury to extract gold

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Mercury poisoning; Mercury extraction is a small-scale method used to purify gold. [ILO Encyclo, Vol 3, p. 82.1-82.56] Artisan gold miners in Burkina Faso had high mercury levels with 69% above the ACGIH BEI of 35 ug/g creatinine and 16% above 350 ug./g-CR. [PMID 21279378]

Job Task Category

Smelting or Casting Metal

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Assessing mercury health effects in gold workers near El Callao, Venezuela

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Metals

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