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Table 2 Mean and standard deviation of blood mercury and adjusted urinary mercury levels by type of work

From: Cases of acute mercury poisoning by mercury vapor exposure during the demolition of a fluorescent lamp factory

Type of work N Working day (day(s)) Blood Mercurya (μg/L) Adjusted Urinary mercurya (μg/L·creatinine)
mean (range) mean (SD) mean (SD)
Total 20 10.2 (1–30) 5.88 (4.49) 13.48 (15.40)
Ordering 3 30 (30) 5.67 (3.48) 12.21 (12.84)
Cutting 6 8.5 (1–15) 7.34 (7.87) 22.04 (11.92)
Machinery operating 5 2.4 (1–6) 5.25 (2.27) 0.99 (0.55)
Transporting 6 8.5 (2–15) 5.04 (1.39) 15.95 (21.02)
  1. a Earliest laboratory values preformed within 200–300 days from the last work day
  2. Ordering: instructing somebody who does other type of task to do their task and cleaning work site
  3. Cutting: dismembering facilities and tearing down
  4. Machinery operating: operating machinery vehicle (including forklifts and high place operating cars)
  5. Transporting: manual laborers who transport dismantled facilities and waste