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Recorded at IOHA 2018
There is concern in the Philippines, Indonesia, Africa, and South America related to children's employment in small scale gold mines (SSGM). About 1 million children work in SSGM. The most ethical solutions would be to ban children from mines and gold processing supply lines. However, this issue is more complex. There are risks of traumatic injury, dermatitis, diving risks, lead poisoning, mercury (Hg) intoxication, and Hg contamination. Local governments, NGOs, health providers, and mining companies must: provide funding and schooling, provide jobs to replant trees, certify that no children are involved with gold processing, seek nonHg solutions to separating gold, and ban liquid Hg. Local medical/public health schools should sponsor health studies of children who are now/were engaged in mining. We need leadership in occupational health, local government, and industrial hygiene to reduce the number of children in mining.
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