Mercury may be fatal if inhaled and harmful if absorbed through the skin. Around 80% of the inhaled mercury vapor is absorbed in the blood through the lungs. It may cause harmful effects to the nervous, digestive, respiratory, immune systems and to the kidneys, besides causing lung damage.
Healthcare facilities are one of the main sources of mercury release into the atmosphere because of emissions from the incineration of medical waste.
Healthcare exposure to mercury can occur during repair of broken thermometers, sphygmomanometers, or during sterilization and centrifugation of thermometers in maintenance areas.
This course takes a closer look at the healthcare industry and how workers can protect themselves from potential health hazards from mercury.
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