Exposure to mercury even small amounts may cause serious health problems and is a threat to the development of the child in utero and early in life. Up to 1 mg m 3.
Vapors can get into the ventilation system and be spread throughout your house.
Household safety dangers of mercury exposure. The traditional treatment for mercury poisoning is to stop all exposures. This involves giving a medication the chelator which goes into the body and grabs the metal chelos is the greek word for claw then carries the metal out of the body usually into the urine. The form most often found in the home is elemental mercury which is the liquid form that emits dangerous vapors that can be absorbed through the lungs and skin.
It can build up in poorly ventilated or low lying areas in your house. Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous digestive and immune systems and on lungs kidneys skin and eyes. Even a simple thing such as a broken thermometer can lead to mercury poisoning.
Both inorganic and organic mercury are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and affect other systems through this route. It can damage the brain and lead to physical and emotional disorders. If mercury is spilled onto a hot surface such as a burner on a stove mercury will vaporize quickly and can be more dangerous.
High exposure to inorganic mercury may result in damage to the gastrointestinal tract the nervous system and the kidneys. In many cases chelation therapy is also used. Symptoms depend upon the type dose method and duration of exposure.
So whether its presence is natural or anthropogenic it s a potential problem for humans. They may include muscle weakness poor coordination numbness in the hands and feet skin rashes anxiety memory problems trouble speaking trouble hearing or trouble seeing. Apf 10 any chemical cartridge respirator with cartridge s providing protection against the compound of concern apf 10 any supplied air respirator.
The danger isn t just to people who use mercury containing products but also to their families says arthur simone m. Up to 2 5 mg m 3. Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air water and soil.
Mercury is a neurotoxin meaning it has detrimental effects on the nervous system. Mercury vapor is heavier than air and tends to remain near the floor or area where the spill happened. Dangers of mercury exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences.
It can be particularly dangerous in a children s playroom if liquid mercury seeps into cracks and corners and is. High level exposure to methylmercury is known as minamata disease. Exposure to elemental mercury especially in an area that is not well ventilated can cause tremors muscle weakness headache insomnia and emotional and behavioral changes.
Apf 25 any supplied air respirator operated in a continuous flow mode. Mercury poisoning is a type of metal poisoning due to exposure to mercury. High exposure can result in respiratory failure kidney damage and death.
That mercury can come from mining and processing for use in products like those thermometers and manufacturing or from energy related sources like coal fired power plants.