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Elemental mercury in urine from workers exposed to mercury vapor.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7160918     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Elemental mercury (Hg degrees) in urine samples from workers in thermometer manufacturing factories was determined. In a factory in which the mercury level in the ambient air averaged more than 0.1 mg Hg m-3, the Hg degree concentration in the workers' urine ranged between 0.05 and 1.7 micrograms Hg 1(-1) and constituted less than 1% of the inorganic mercury (In-Hg) in urine. Higher amounts of Hg degrees could be detected in urine on the day of the filling operation when thermometer blanks were filled with metallic mercury and on the following day when compared with other days. During this operation, the workers were exposed to mercury vapor levels with as much as 0.47-0.67 mg Hg m-3. Our findings suggest that Hg degrees appears in urine quite rapidly after the worker's exposure to unusually high mercury levels.
M Yoshida; Y Yamamura
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International archives of occupational and environmental health     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0340-0131     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Arch Occup Environ Health     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-04-21     Completed Date:  1983-04-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7512134     Medline TA:  Int Arch Occup Environ Health     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Air / analysis
Environmental Exposure
Mercury / analysis,  blood,  urine*
Middle Aged
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