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A Case Study of Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, Massachusetts Public School System: Mercury Management
Abstract: Case study of mercury management issues as they impact a school in Massachusetts. Includes approaches, management concerns, action planning and follow-up recommendations for mercury reduction and management issues.
Source: Burlington (MA) Board of Health & U.S. EPA Region 7
URL: http://www.epa.gov/Region7/education_resources/teachers/ehss
tudy/index.htm

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
URL: http://www.cheminfonet.org/mercury.htm

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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/disposal.pdf

Facility-Wide Inventory of Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This worksheet provides guidance for a facility-wide inventory of mercury and mercury-containing devices for K-12 schools. Included are sections specific to science rooms, medical, home economics and other locations, as well as facilities in general. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/inventory.pdf

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.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/

Green Schools Checklist: Environmental Actions for Schools to Consider [PDF]
Abstract: This checklist offers tips and resources to help schools identify opportunities to ?green? their buildings and operations, ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Emphasis has been placed on prevention-oriented strategies, which are preferable to dealings with wastes and pollutants after the fact. The benefits of a green school program are outlined and management strategies are included. Sections include: energy use, indoor air quality, solid waste, hazardous materials, mercury use, laboratory waste, mold growth, water consumption, building construction/renovation, purchasing, pest management, groundskeeping, and food service. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)
Source: IL Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/green-illinois/green-schools/gree
n-schools-checklist.pdf

Greening Schools
Abstract: The Greening Schools website contains information about green schools, greening your lesson plan, and funding opportunities.
Source: Illinois EPA
URL: http://www.greeningschools.org/

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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/cleanup.pdf

Healthy Schools Campaign
Abstract: Information for green clean schools.
Source: Healthy Schools Campaign
URL: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/

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)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/checklist_n
ew_revised.pdf

Mercury (Phaseout) in Schools
Abstract: Contains helpful information for schools required to phase-out mercury use.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175-116
93--,00.html

Mercury and Schools: A Risky Combination [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 to reduce the amount of mercury in your 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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/risky.pdf

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
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/fullrecord.cfm?sectordocid=49
0

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)
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4526345

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
URL: http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/index.asp?NID=96

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)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/BayPathCase
Study.pdf

Mercury in Schools (NH DES)
Abstract: New Hampshire's mercury in schools web site. Includes legislative information, disposal, spill management, and other links.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
URL: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/ppsp/me
rcury.htm

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
URL: http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/publications/cabinet/p2/national-c
urriculum.pdf

Mercury Use in Measuring Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the use of mercury in products that measure physical data, such as temperature, pressure, or humidity. It is based on data obtained only from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database. The measuring devices using mercury that are included in this fact sheet are barometers, hydrometers, manometers, psychrometers, sphygmomanometers, strain gauges and thermometers. These devices must use mercury in its elemental form to be included in this fact sheet. Measuring devices that contain mercury solely from the use of a button cell battery are excluded. Thermostats are covered in a separate fact sheet. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/me
asuring_devices.pdf

Mercury Use: Educational Institutions [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook. Covers mercury use and pollution prevention in schools.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/ed.pdf

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)
URL: http://app.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/mercury/

Mercury-Free Alternatives for Schools [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this fact sheet is to help schools identify and find alternatives to mercury and other hazardous materials that may be present in school facilities. It focuses primarily on mercury compounds and mercury-containing equipment used in curriculum activity. Includes information on autobody class, industrial arts class, wood & metal shops; biology, chemistry, physics and science rooms; heating, ventilation and air conditioning laboratories/classrooms; medical technology classrooms and school medical offices; art classrooms; home economics classrooms; and non-educational mercury-containing items. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: IL Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.state.il.us/green-illinois/green-schools/merc
ury-free-alternatives-for-schools.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/mnenvironment/index.
html

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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/superintendents.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Health and Safety Committees [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 members of health and safety committees 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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/hscommittee.pdf

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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures//docs/nurses.pdf

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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/scienceteachers.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Superintendents, Principals, and School Boards [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 administration officials 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
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/schoolboard.pdf

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
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/NIOSH2007107.pdf

School Health Alert About Mercury in Necklaces
Abstract: Necklaces from Mexico containing metallic mercury are showing up in schools. Unaware of the hazards, students bring the fragile glass pendant necklaces to school. Broken necklaces have resulted in mercury spills. Once broken, the spilled mercury warrants
Source: Oregon Department of Human Services
URL: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/eoe/mercalert.shtml

School Science Lab Chemical and Mercury Clean-Out Project Final Report [PDF]
Abstract: The School Science Lab Chemical and Mercury Clean-Out Project was developed to address the growing concerns about mercury and other hazardous chemicals in schools. The Clean-Out Project Final Report discusses project planning and implementation, provides detailed project results, and includes copies of all of the materials used in the course of the project. The entire report may be downloaded from this web site in PDF format (file size: 1.0 Mb; length in pages: 87)
Source: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
URL: http://www.mercvt.org/PDF/finalreport.pdf

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.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fsschools.pdf

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
URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/HOMEPAGE.NSF/34090d07b77d50bd882
56b79006529e8/f60e8f81c53471ed88256eef00747a17/$FILE/Zim
merlyMercury2010.pdf

U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal
Abstract: The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Included on these pages are links to information on: the design, construction and renovation of school buildings; energy efficiency for schools; environmental education; facility operations and maintenance; indoor environmental air quality; legislation and regulations related to children?s environmental health; outdoor air pollution; portable classrooms; safety and preparedness; waste issues, including recycling, waste reduction and composting; and water issues. The site also provides quick links to relevant U.S. EPA programs. The portal site also provides information about an assessment tool that EPA is developing to help school districts evaluate their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues in an effort to promote the health and safety of children and staff in the nation's 120,000+ public and private school facilities.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/

U.S. EPA Mercury Portal
Abstract: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family. The site includes collections of information specifically geared toward consumers, parents, schools, health care providers, and business and industry. The site may also be viewed in Spanish.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/

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)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/sc3/

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)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/vendorList.
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