Elemental mercury exists as a silvery liquid and an odourless vapour at room temperature. Its wide variety of uses means that accidents resulting in mercury contamination are not uncommon.
This guidance is aimed at Local Health Authorities, and gives information on:
- the health risks associated with contamination at low and high exposures
- laboratory investigations of suspected cases
- best practice principles for giving advice
- post decontamination monitoring
- waste minimisation
- the legislative position concerning the disposal of mercury