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Absorption and excretion of mercury in man VIII. Mercury exposure from house paint--a controlled study on humans.
Arch Environ Health 1965 Oct; 11(4):582-587
When paints containing a mercury bearing preservative were used, mercury (7439976) vapor was elaborated. It reached a value of 0.17 mg/cu meter in about 90 minutes. It stayed at this concentration level for about two hours and then fell to 0.01 mg/cu meter in 24 hours. The total mercury concentration was of the order of 0.20 mg/cu meter for about 4.5 hours. After 24 hours with no exceptional attempts at ventilation the concentration of mercury decreased to an insignificant level. Some mercury was absorbed by persons exposed to the vapors. Urinary concentrations were no greater than those found in unexposed normal persons. Painters using mercury bearing paints showed no evidence of absorption or effects of inhaling the concentrations of mercury found in the workroom air. No evidence was found of mercury exposure or absorption in a degree that would constitute a hazard to the painters or to the occupants of the painted room.
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Issue of Publication
Archives of Environmental Health
Occupational Medicine Columbia Univ 600 West 168 Street New York, NY
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