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Mercury Spillage – Safety Decontamination Kit (MERKIT)

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WHAT IS MERCURY TOXICITY?

Mercury is a dense, silvery metal used in thermometers, pressure gauges such as sphygmos and for some chemical processes. It is poisonous in all its forms-more so than arsenic and cadmium. Usually, the harmful effects of mercury poisoning are seen after exposure to mercury vapour, which is readily given off by the liquid metal; for example, after a spillage or breakage of equipment.

HOW DOES MERCURY ENTER THE BODY?

Mercury compounds are well absorbed by the body after ingestion, skin exposure and aspecially via the lungs. It is the efficient absorption of mercury vapour by the lungs while working in a contaminated environment which poses the greatest risk.

The world health organization has set a safe maximum working level of 0.05mg per cubic metre-the TLV (time limited value)- to which workers may be exposed for 8 hours per day without risk. But in a poorly ventilated, heavily contaminated room, mercury vapours level of 400 times the TLV can be reached, putting the occupants at serious risk of toxicity

PROTECTION FROM MERCURY EXPOSURE

The chief protection against mercury vapour is the prompt use of mercury spillage procedures. Health and safety executive regulations require that anywhere hazardous chemicals- including mercury- are used, a means of controlling spillage and human exposure must be provided. Most health authorities to have mercury spillage kits, hospitals, schools and industrial laboratories should also comply under Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) guidelines.

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MERKIT

 

COMPLETE PROTECTION AGAINST MERCURY EXPOSURE HAZARDS FROM BROKEN THERMOMETERS IN THE LABORATORY, HOSPITAL AND SCHOOL

  • Ideal for use in commercial laboratories, hospital and school
  • Kit can be used to deal up to two spillage before requiring spares
  • Contains all you needs to deal quickly and effectively with mercury spillage, with full, easy to read instructions
  • Supplied in a strong, conspicuous case for easy identification in emergency kit
  • Safe storage  of waste mercury
  • Full compliance with health and safety executive inspections

Name: Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohd Azoddein
Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty: Faculty of Chemical Engineering & Natural Resources (FKKSA)
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Office Number : +6095492913
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