University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Children's Environmental Health: Mercury

Mercury and Your Health

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that can have a negative impact upon our health. For many years, mercury has been used in a number of beneficial products. However, exposure to mercury vapors or methyl mercury in fish can be problematic. This Web site provides access to information that outlines the potential health impacts from mercury exposure, and provides tips for reducing your chance of coming in contact with the dangerous forms of mercury. Follow the links below to access information about mercury.


Publications (PDF format):

Mercury and Your Health: Safety Tips for Families Booklet

Mercury and Health Fact Sheet

Mercury in Homes Fact Sheet

Mercury in Schools Fact Sheet

Mercury in Fish Fact Sheet

Mercury in Fish Information Card

Fish Consumption Advisories Fact Sheet


For Extension Agents and Lesson Leaders:

Don't Mess With Mercury (EPA and ATSDR)

Mercury and Your Health Teaching Guide

Mercury Safety Evaluation Checklist

Test Your Mercury IQ

Test Your Mercury IQ Answer Key

Mercury in Fish Radio Script

Bioaccumulation Basics Activity Guide

Presentation Slides


Links to Additional Information:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Mercury Information

University of Wisconsin-Extension: Mercury in Schools & Homes Project



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