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Managing Small Mercury Spills

Managing Small Mercury Spills"Even a small quantity of mercury can lead to mercury poisoning, particularly in children."

Health and Safety Guidance to Minimise Health Risks of Mercury Spills

Mercury can be found in a variety of medical devices. Because it is a powerful neurotoxin, great care must be taken to protect people from spills. The UK Medicinal Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommends that, in order to prevent exposure, mercury-free alternative devices should be used wherever possible. Where mercury devices are in use, the agency recommends the maintenance of health and safety measures to deal effectively with spills.

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Last updated on 14 June 2011

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