Expert training on mercury in Slovenia

The RECETOX centre cooperates with the European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH, Bonn) of World Health Organization (WHO) for several years. Based on our expertise, we were invited to support a capacity building training for laboratory technicians and national coordinators of the mercury exposure monitoring in pilot countries that was conducted in the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8 to 11 February 2016.

Therein, Jan Kuta, RECETOX mercury expert, shared our experience in mercury analyses in the environment and some case studies regarding monitoring of human exposure to mercury.

This training is a part of implementation of the UNEP/WHO pilot project "Development of a Plan for Global Monitoring of Human Exposure to Environmental and Concentrations of Mercury," implemented in seven pilot countries (China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, India, Ghana and Costa Rica) in 2015-2016. There will be a coordinated sampling campaign in each country to take samples of hair, umbilical cord blood and urine of 250 mothers during the summer of 2016.

SCRC RECETOX, via its Laboratories of Trace Analyses, provides laboratory support to Ghana, Russia and Costa Rica and is the reference laboratory for the mercury analysis in umbilical cord blood and urine of mothers. There will be also a mirror analysis of 10% of the samples in reference laboratories.