In many countries, elemental mercury is used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining Mercury is mixed with gold-containing materials, forming a mercury-gold amalgam which is then heated, vaporizing the mercury to obtain the gold This process can be very dangerous and lead to significant mercury .
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An artisanal miner or small-scale miner (ASM) is a subsistence miner who is not officially employed by a mining company, but works independently, mining various minerals or panning for gold using their own resourc Small-scale mining includes enterprises or individuals that employ workers for mining, but generally using manually-intensive methods, working with hand tools
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining occurs in approximately 80 countries worldwide There are approximately 100 million artisanal miners globally Artisanal and small-scale production supply accounts for 80% of global sapphire, 20% of gold mining and up to 20% of diamond mining
Our Vision: We envision a formalized, environmentally sound, and socially responsible Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining Sector that supplies Responsible Artisanal Gold™ to markets, attracts socially responsible investors and buyers, and encourages ethical consumer behaviours A Sector universally recognized as a first-rate mechanism of transfer of wealth to those who are challenged by .
The Artisanal Gold Council releases the first version of its field health education flip charts “Health in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining” This is an educational material accompanies with “Health Issues in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining: Training for Health Professionals”