Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health
These guidelines provide practical advice for the investigation and environmental case management of mercury-exposed cases. They are intended to assist the public health units in achieving a tolerable level of mercury in the environment of exposed children and/or adults, so limiting any adverse effect on people’s health. Making their environment ‘mercury safe’ will also protect people who might otherwise be exposed to the same mercury hazards in the future. Although the guidelines focus on secondary prevention, increasing evidence of the toxicity of mercury strengthens the importance of primary prevention.