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Environmentally Preferable LED Exit Signs: Saving Money and Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses LED exit signs; these signs are more energy efficient than fluorescent lamp exit signs and contain no mercury. One fluorescent lamp exit sign can contain more than 10 mg of mercury. Topics covered in this fact sheet include comparative performance of incandescent, fluorescent and LED exit signs, financial savings estimates for using LED exit signs, and retrofit options. (PDF Format; 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
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.
High-Bay Lighting: Opportunities for Mercury Reduction and Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. focuses on high-bay lighting, a type of lighting used in high-ceiling areas to light surfaces more than 15 feet away. This type of lighting is often used in warehouses, gymnasiums, manufacturing facilities and warehouse-type retail facilities. Different high-bay lighting options are compared in terms of mercury use, energy efficiency, and cost of purchasing and running the lights. Specifically, metal halide, induction fluorescents, and T5 linear fluorescents are compared. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy makers and others about: products that contain intentionally-added mercury; the amount of mercury in a specific product; the amount of mercury in a specific product line sold in the U.S. in a given year; and manufacturers of mercury added products. The information in this database was submitted to IMERC by or on behalf of product manufacturers in compliance with laws in the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The database may be searched by sector, product category, manufacturer or amount of mercury content.
Mercury Disclosure Requirements and the New Jersey Lamp Contract [PDF]
Abstract: The state of New Jersey required vendors to disclose the amount of mercury in the mercury-containing lamps sold on its 2002 and 2003 contracts for incandescent, HID, and fluorescent lamps (contract T-1092). This fact sheet provides examples of the mercury disclosure language used in, and the results of, the New Jersey lamp contract. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
Mercury in High Schools Case Study: Bay Path Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, Massachusetts [PDF]
Abstract: Describes how Bay Path identified and eliminated elemental mercury and products containing mercury from their facilities. The school committee passed a ?mercury-free? resolution. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Abstract: This portion of the Health Care Without Harm website lists state laws, local ordinances and resolutions from throughout the United States banning the manufacture, sale or distribution of mercury-containing devices. This list includes links to the actual text of each of the laws, ordinances and resolutions.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
Mercury-containing Lamps and EPA's Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. explains the U.S. EPA?s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). The U.S. EPA has identified 40 toxic chemicals that can cause harm when products containing them are disposed of in landfills and the chemicals leach out. In order to determine the potential of specific wastes in a landfill to leach dangerous concentrations of toxic chemicals into groundwater, the EPA developed a protocol known as the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). Products containing one or more of the listed toxins are assessed using the TCLP to estimate how much of their toxic contents would be released into landfill leachate under ordinary conditions. If the amount of a particular chemical released under test conditions exceeds regulatory limits, the waste qualifies as hazardous and must be handled according to regulations governing hazardous waste. Products that do not leach toxic materials at levels exceeding regulatory limits are termed TCLP-compliant. This fact sheet discusses the limitations of the TCLP, particularly in regards to mercury-containing lamps, and issues related to appropriate disposal of mercury-containing lamps. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
Reducing Mercury in Schools: School Nurses [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 school nurses 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
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
Schools, Colleges and Universities: Products Containing Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals (PBTs) [PDF]
Abstract: This factsheet provides a list of products commonly used in educational institutions, the PBTs they contain, and PBT-free alternatives to these products. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
Specifying and Sourcing Mercury-Free HVAC and Building Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: This ?Purchasing for Pollution Prevention? fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. provides information on mercury in building and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment. Includes information on mercury-free alternatives and sources for those alternatives, as well as how to deal with mercury components during renovation or demolition. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages).
Source: INFORM, Inc.
The Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is ?low-mercury,? the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA?s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on what to do with spent lamps. Recommended specifications for lamp purchasing contracts are also included. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
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
U.S. EPA School Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)
Abstract: The Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3) aims to ensure that all schools are free from hazards associated with mismanaged chemicals. SC3 gives K-12 schools information and tools to responsibly manage chemicals. By using the tools provided on this site and pulling together a team with a variety of perspectives, expertise, and resources you can develop a successful chemical management program. Schools, parents, and local organizations can partner to create a chemical management program that meets the unique needs of their schools. SC3 is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Vendors and Prices for Non-mercury Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: This guide lists alternative equipment that is available to replace the mercury equipment commonly found in schools. It provides prices and vendor information. (PDF Format; Length: 15 pages)