MINERS WARNED ON OVER EXPOSURE TO DANGEROUS CHEMICALS
Written by Panashe Madzinga on August 7, 2018
Small scale miners have been warned against processing their gold ore at their homes as it exposes their family members to dangerous chemicals. Most miners use mercury to purify their gold.
Environmental Management Authority’s Environmental and Health Officer,Mr Brian Gada told YAFM news that continuous use of mercury is a threat to health hence encouraged miners to correctly handle the substance.
Health expects says effects of over exposure to mercury are toxic and irreversible, with young children at great risk.
Some of the dangers of mercury to human health are lack of peripheral vision, impairment of speech and muscle weakness among others.