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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Getting Mercury Out of Schools: Why it?s a Problem, Where it is, What to do
Abstract: This guidance was prepared to assist Massachusetts schools in identifying and removing mercury materials from their classrooms, laboratories and buildings. It was designed as a one-pocket folder with general mercury information printed on the folder and six fact sheets in the pocket, all of which are available at this website in PDF format. The material has been reformatted to enable printing on 8.5" x 11" paper, though some of the design has been sacrificed to do this. Includes: an introduction written for the superintendent, business manager or other school personnel who are interested in general information about mercury; ?Mercury in Science Laboratories and Classrooms? written for the science teacher; ?Mercury in School Buildings and Maintenance Areas? written for the facilities manager; ?Mercury in the Medical Office? written for the school nurse; ?Mercury in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Laboratories in Vocational-Technical Schools? written for the HVAC teacher; ?Establishing Hazardous and Universal Waste Collection Areas? written for the science chairperson or facilities manager; and ?Sample Resolution for Mercury-Free Purchasing? written for the purchasing officer.
Guidelines for Cleanup of Mercury Spills [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure provides step-by-step instructions for cleaning up mercury spills in K-12 schools. Included are information on relevant New York regulations, and instructions for creating a mercury spill cleanup kit. Contact information for New York State and New York City is also provided. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
Mercury Awareness for School Teachers
Abstract: This fact sheet provides information for school teachers about why mercury is a concern, and how schools and teachers can work to reduce the presence of mercury in schools. Contacts and resources for further information are included. (PDF format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Ohio EPA
Mercury Contamination Plagues D.C. Schools
Abstract: This audio file from NPR's Morning Edition describes a case of "toxic vandalism" at Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. The school was shut down for more than a week after students deliberately released mercury in the building. RealPlayer or Windows Media Player may be used to listen to the segment. 3 minutes, 52 seconds. Copyright 2005 NPR.
Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
Mercury Free Schools Program, Superior, Wisconsin
Abstract: The goals of this project are: help educate students, teachers and administrators about the health hazards and environmental fate of mercury; promote the proper disposal and elimination of mercury, products containing mercury, and other hazardous substances at schools; promote use of alternative products that do not contain mercury; and prevent mercury spills and promote proper spill cleanup. Schools are encouraged to sign a pledge to proclaim their commitment to becoming mercury-free. Participating schools can receive several free services.
Source: Superior (WI) Wastewater Treatment Division
Mercury in Schools and the Community: A National Issue [PDF]
Abstract: This participatory curriculum, adapted from Wisconsin?s ?Mercury in Your Community and the Environment,? correlates to national standards. It provides general information on mercury, including health issues, cultural and religious issues and unique properties of mercury. School information, including a case study of mercury contamination at a school, and a school mercury audit are provided. Also included are sections on household information, mercury in the environment, and mercury in our world and community. (PDF Format; Length: 80 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA and University of Wisconsin Extension
Mercury Spills in New York State
Abstract: Since 1992, the New York State Department of Health has collected information about mercury spills and releases as part of the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) project. The goal of this federal project is to reduce injury and death from accidental chemical releases through an improved understanding of the causes. This document summarizes the findings of the study for the years 1992-1997.
Source: New York State Department of Health
Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit
Abstract: Developed by U.S. EPA Region 7, this toolkit contains links to videos, background informational documents for educators, information on taking action, and information and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Videos are Windows Media files. Documents are PDF.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 7
Mercury: Teaching, Learning, Knowing the Facts About Mercury
Abstract: This web site is aimed at schools and includes sections for teachers, students and parents. The teacher section includes the history of mercury, general mercury information, the health effects of mercury, mercury spill information, and curricula. The student section contains the same basic and background information, but also contains a mercury quiz. The parents section also contains the same basic and background information, as well as the spill information, a quiz designed for parents and others, and a links page. The site provides games and links for further information.
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Minnesota Environment Spring 2006 Edition
Abstract: This edition of the Minnesota Environment Magazine includes articles on Clancy, the MPCA's mercury-sniffing dog and efforts to find and remove mercury from schools; how opinions and uses of mercury have changed over time; a mercury clean-up in a Minnesota town; the health effects of mercury; and other general information about how mercury enters the environment and mercury in the Minnesota environment.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Reducing Mercury in Schools: Buildings and Grounds Superintendents [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps for buildings and grounds superintendents for reducing mercury exposure, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
Reducing Mercury in Schools: Science Teachers [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, sources of mercury in schools, and what to do if mercury spills. It provides a list of action steps for science teachers to reduce the amount of mercury in a school building, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide [PDF]
Abstract: This guide on safety in the chemistry laboratory was written to provide high school chemistry teachers with an easy-to-read reference to create a safe learning environment in the laboratory for their students. The document attempts to provide teachers, and ultimately their students, with information so that they can take the appropriate precautionary actions in order to prevent or minimize hazards, harmful exposures, and injuries in the laboratory. The guide presents information about ordering, using, storing, and maintaining chemicals in the high school laboratory. The guide also provides information about chemical waste, safety and emergency equipment, assessing chemical hazards, common safety symbols and signs, and fundamental resources relating to chemical safety, such as Material Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Hygiene Plans, to help create a safe environment for learning. In addition, checklists are provided for both teachers and students that highlight important information for working in the laboratory and identify hazards and safe work procedures. This guide is not intended to address all safety issues, but rather to provide basic information about important components of safety in the chemistry laboratory and to serve as a resource to locate further information. (PDF Format; Length: 86 pages)
Source: NIOSH & U.S. CPSC
Strategies for Preventing Elemental Mercury Exposure in Homes and Schools [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to identify and analyze strategies for reducing human exposure to elemental mercury in homes and schools. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 Regional Mercury Workgroup, the report will analyze strategies for raising awareness about elemental mercury and collecting items that contain elemental mercury from homes and schools. This report documents many strategies that state and local governments, schools, and other groups have pursued. The objective of this report is to inform local, regional, and national strategies for preventing human exposure to elemental mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 148 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA/University of Washington
U.S. EPA Safe Mercury Management Program
Abstract: The objective of this web site is to provide comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date information and easy access to web-based resources relating to the management of mercury-containing products and wastes. The site features links to more than 200 state, local, federal and non-governmental organizations and provides information for the general public, regulatory officials, industry and environmental professionals. It also provides technical assistance and information transfer for cleanup of mercury products and wastes.
Source: U.S. EPA