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Identification and Correlation Test of Mercury Levels in Community Urine at Traditional Gold Processing Locations
 
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Graduate School of Mathematics and Applied Sciences Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh Indonesia
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Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Abulyatama, Aceh Besar 23372, Indonesia
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Department of Chemistry, FKIP, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh 23111, Indonesia
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Department of Management Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh 23111, Indonesia
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Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Abulyatama 23372, Indonesia
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh 23111, Indonesia
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Suhendrayatna Suhendrayatna   

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh 23111, Indonesia
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2023; 24(3):357–365
 
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Gold processing activities carried out in Paya Seumantok Village, Krueng Seabee District, Aceh Jaya Regency still traditionally use amalgamation techniques involving mercury, which can threaten the health of workers and the surrounding community. This study aimed to determine the identification of mercury levels in the urine of the community around the location of the gold processing plant in Paya Seumantok Village. The sample in this study was the urine of the community in the gold processing facility, totaling 91 people. Analysis of mercury levels in urine was carried out using the AAS instrument. Based on the analysis results conducted from 91 urine samples, 16 samples did not detect mercury. In comparison, the other 75 samples identified the presence of mercury, the average mercury level in the urine of the community around the gold processing location was 8,392 µg/L with a standard deviation of 6,721 g/ L, and the minimum concentration of mercury in people's urine that was detected was 0.19 µg/L. In contrast, the maximum or highest concentration was 28.31 µg/L. Overall, it can be seen that of the 75 urine samples analyzed, 36 urine samples containing mercury exceeded the predetermined threshold (7 µg/L), while 39 urine samples had mercury levels in the blood. below threshold