...an element that naturally occurs in the environment, is found in some products, and is a potential health risk for people.
- In its pure form, elemental mercury is a shiny, silver-white, odorless liquid. Mercury is a useful chemical in many products. People can come into contact with mercury when using or disposing of products containing mercury.
- Methylmercury is an organic mercury compound that accumulates in large predatory fish. It is produced by bacteria from other forms of mercury in rivers, lakes and oceans, and can build up in some of the fish we eat. For information about how to choose fish to eat that are low in mercury, see the Safe Eating Guidelines.
- While mercury can come in many chemical forms, it cannot be created or destroyed because it is an element. To keep it out of the air and water, it is important to take mercury-containing products to hazardous waste facilities for disposal.
Mercury and Health-Ways Mercury Enters People
-Health Effects of Mercury
-Biomonitoring Studies in the Environmental Health Division
-Chemicals in People: Biomonitoring and Mercury
Current and Past Use of Mercury-CFLs: General Information and Cleanup
- Thermometers: Cleaning up spilled Mercury
- Mercury in Skin Cream: Skin-lightening Products Found to Contain Mercury
- Products That May Contain Mercury
Mercury:-Mercury spills and cleanup
Spills and Cleanup
Mercury and Fish- Safe Eating Guidelines
Technical Advice for Professionals-Contractors and Health Care Providers
Other ResourcesLinks to information about mercury, studies, and other agencies