This publication is
intended to raise awareness amongst stakeholders of the effects of mercury
on human health, wildlife and the environment and on relevant strategies
to manage and control mercury. It is designed for the use of government
officials, community leaders, and/or workers to provide information and
raise awareness about mercury and the associated environment and health
risks. It is intended to contribute in building public support and
capacity to take preventive actions.
The document can be used
in a number of ways:
- for reference,
- to train staff,
- to present or hand
out as copies directly from the toolkit,
- to develop materials
specific to your community.
How is it laid
The package begins with
a userís guide, providing information on
general awareness raising strategies. It also highlights key messages for
citizens and NGOs, governments, and small and medium size businesses.
The package includes an
introductory booklet which provides a general
overview of the mercury issue.
There follows a set of 5
modules that describe different aspects of the mercury issue.
MODULE 1: Mercury in Products
and Wastes (associated
MODULE 2: Mercury and Industry
MODULE 3: Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small
Scale Gold Mining (associated
MODULE 4: Mercury Use in Healthcare Settings and
MODULE 5: Cultural Uses of Mercury
The organization of the
modules allows you to go directly to the topic of interest. Each module is
presented in a similar way and describes the risks associated with that
particular issue and what people need to know in order to recognize and
reduce sources of exposure to mercury and to protect themselves and their
communities. Case studies are included, providing examples of how some
mercury exposure situations have been handled.
If you believe anything
is missing or develop additional materials you think would be useful to
others, please provide them to UNEP Chemicals Mercury Programme at the
following email address: