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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.
Identification of Mercury Devices in Schools Checklists [PDF]
Abstract: These tables assist school staff and/or state and local technical assistance providers in identifying mercury materials commonly found in schools. Specific tables are available for science rooms, medical offices, and school facilities. Non-mercury alternatives are also identified. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
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
Online Mercury Products Photo Database
Abstract: Cuoco & Cormier Engineering has been hired by a Massachusetts solid waste incinerator to perform a mercury survey of schools in their service area. The intent of this effort is to identify and recover mercury bearing products as well as to promote the proper management of universal waste. This online database contains photographs of common mercury bearing products that the company's staff has identified in schools, office buildings and manufacturing facilities. Images may be useful in training facility managers to identify mercury-containing products.
Source: Cuoco &Cormier Engineering Associates, Inc.
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
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)