A 19-year-old man developed tremor in both hands and fatigue after starting work at a placer gold mine where he was exposed to mercury-gold amalgam.
Examination revealed an intention tremor, dysdiadochokinesis and mild rigidity.
The 24-h urinary mercury concentration reached a peak of 715 nmol/l (143 ug/l) shortly before the clinical examination, after which he was removed from working in the gold room [Mercury No.
Adverse Effect Level : 250 nmol/l (50 ug/l) ]. On review 7 weeks later his tremor had almost resolved and the dysdiadochokinesis and rigidity had gone.
The 24-h urinary mercury concentration had fallen to 160 nmol/l (32 ug/l).
The principal exposure to mercury was considered to be the smelting of retorted gold with previously unrecognized residual mercury in it.
The peak air concentration of mercury vapour during gold smelting was 0.533 mg/m3 (Mercury Vapour ACGIH TLV : 0.05 mg/m3 TWA).
Several engineering and procedural controls were instituted.
This episode occurred at another mine site, unrelated to Mount Isa Mines Limited.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mercure, Métal, Industrie extractive, Or, Exposition professionnelle, Tremblement, Fatigue, Etude cas témoin, Toxicité, Médecine travail, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Trouble neurologique, Mouvement involontaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mercury, Metal, Mining industry, Gold, Occupational exposure, Tremor, Fatigue, Case control study, Toxicity, Occupational medicine, Human, Nervous system diseases, Neurological disorder, Involuntary movement
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0031798
Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 31/05/1999.