Elemental mercury - HPS Guidance Note

Publication Date: 01 October 2007

Elemental mercury exists as a silvery liquid and an odourless vapour at room tempera​ture. Its wide variety of uses means that accidents resulting in mercury contamination are not uncommon.

This guidance is aimed at Local Health Authorities, and gives information on:

  • ​the health risks associated with contamination at low and high exposures
  • laboratory investigations of suspected cases
  • best practice principles for giving advice
  • post decontamination monitoring
  • waste minimisation
  • the legislative position concerning the disposal of mercury​

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance


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