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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Chem Info Net: Mercury
Abstract: Designed as a chemical health and safety resource for teachers, administrators, and service personnel. The focus is on laboratory safety and chemicals used in the science curriculum.
Source: Lakka Productions
Disposal and Recycling Options for Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides guidance for proper disposal and recycling of mercury and mercury-containing devices for K-12 schools, based upon New York regulations. New York State and New York City contact information is also provided. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
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
Managing Used Fluorescent Lamps, High-Intensity Discharge Lamps & PCB Ballasts [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet discusses waste management of fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and similar waste. Includes information on environmental concerns, pollution prevention, disposal options, lamp handling and storage requirements, choosing a lamp transporter and collection site and other considerations that apply to handling these sorts of wastes. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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: 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