1. General: Mercury is a liquid , odorless, silvery metal, heavy and slightly volatile at room temperature.
2. Uses: In the mining industry, in the recovery of gold and silver from the ore. -In instruments such as thermometers, hydrometers. In electric rectifiers. -In the dental industry, in the manufacture of dental amalgams.
3. Handling: Personal protective equipment: Avoid repeated or prolonged contact with the skin by wearing appropriate protective equipment such as gown, safety glasses, gloves and, if the amount used is large, appropriate respirators should also be used. It is necessary to have a good ventilation system.
4. Storage: Wood floors should never be used, there should be no cracks, because mercury can remain in them after a spill. Containers should have a container under them that is capable of retaining the product in case the first one breaks. They must also contain a layer of water, in places that are fireproof and isolated from acetylene, ammonia and acids.