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20   Link Occupational exposure to mercury: What is a safe level?
  Excellent article on many aspects of mercury's relationship to women's health. Pregnant women should not work in areas with high levels of mercury compounds in the air.
21   Link Neuropsychological dysfunction related to earlier occupational exposure to mercury vapor
The neuropsychological performances of the former workers suggest that occupational exposure to elemental mercury has long-term effects on information processing and psychomotor function, with increased depression and anxiety also possibly reflecting the psychosocial context.
22   Link   Dental amalgam fillings and the amount of organic mercury in human saliva.
  The results are compatible with the hypothesis that amalgam fillings may be a continuous source of organic mercury, which is more toxic than inorganic mercury, and almost completely absorbed by the human intestine.
23   Link Sucide among Swedish dentists. A ten-year follow-up study
Results show an elevated standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for male dentists compared to other male academics. It is suggested that enhanced interest should be given to the possible etiologic role of not only psychosocial factors but also to psychoorganic consequences of mercury exposure among dentists.
24   Link   Women in dental surgeries: reproductive hazards in occupational exposure to metallic mercury
There was a significant, positive association between TMLs in the hair of exposed women and the occurrence of reproductive failures in their history. These findings indicate that dental work could be another occupational hazard with respect to reproductive processes.
25   Link Mercury and dentists
  Exposures to 1–3 mg/m3 Hgo trigger clinical CNS effects. The new study correctly hypothesised that exposure may (1) increase symptoms;(2) deteriorate cognitive skills requiring prolonged attention, memory, and psychomotor skills; and (3) reduce motor speed.
26   Link   Occupational health: Blood mercury levels of dental students and dentists at a dental school
  There were statistically significant increases (pasurements in all groups at the end of the academic year. Red cell mercury levels were also consistently elevated.
27   Link Exposure to mercury: A major public health concern
  WHO's tolerable concentration of 0.2 μg/m3 for long-term inhalation exposure to elemental mercury vapour. It promotes the elimination of mercury wherever possible and the promotion of alternatives to the use of mercury.
28   Link   Occupational health: Mercury vapour release from a dental aspirator
  At the dentist's breathing zone, mercury vapour concentrations of ten times the current occupational exposure limit of 25    g/m3 were recorded after 20 minutes of continuous aspirator operation.
29   Link   Biological monitoring of environmental and occupational exposure to mercury
  The results strongly suggest that fish is an important source of methylmercury exposure and that amalgam fillings are probably the most important source of inorganic mercury exposure among occupationally unexposed individuals.
30   Link   Occupational exposure to metallic mercury in the dentist's office of a public primary health care clinic in the city of São Paulo
  Results for workers' health showed a prevalence of symptoms from lesions to the central nervous system; central nervous system signs; and that mild-to-moderate chronic poisoning was found in 62.5% of workers.
31   Link Health effects of mercury
A must read study of the effects of mercury, including long term occupational exposure. An eye opener.
32   Link   Occupational Mercury Exposure Limits
Due to the health effects of mercury exposure, industrial and commercial uses are regulated in many countries. The World        Health Organization, OSHA, and NIOSH all treat mercury as an occupational hazard, and have established specific occupational exposure limits. Environmental releases and disposal of mercury are regulated in the U.S. primarily by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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