Metallic mercury is used in schools and research laboratories, in medical and scientific departments, in dental surgeries and as a cathode in the electrolysis of brine. In ophthalmic theatres it is used in weights which are placed over the eye after a local anaesthetic injection is administered. It is volatile and therefore spilt droplets can pose a hazard to health, especially in a confined space.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health