What does gold ore mean

The smelting of lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold, platinum and mercury

Handbook of Social Hygiene and Health Care pp 635-645 | Cite as


The metallurgical processes have the purpose of making metals from their ores as pure as possible through processing, roasting, smelting, etc. In nature, however, the ores usually come with admixtures (gangue) of other metal compounds, e.g. B. of lead, antimony, arsenic before. In order to protect the workers, it is important whether the ore or pure metal or the admixtures are poisonous, and whether other poisons, e.g. B. in gaseous form. Lead and mercury are known to be strong poisons, zinc and copper in general, but silver, gold and platinum are known to be completely harmless. The antimony and arsenic in the admixtures, the cyano compounds and the carbon monoxide are poisonous; The sulphurous acid gases which are formed during the processing of the mostly sulphurous ores cause at least annoying health problems. The most common are zinc, copper and silver ores, sometimes gold ores mixed with lead ores. Therefore, the risk of lead plays an important role in these huts; the most dangerous work, however, is naturally to be done in the lead smelters themselves. The mercury huts form a group of their own.

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  1. 1. Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany