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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
NOTE: [PDF] links require Acrobat Reader from Adobe.
Dentist the Menace? The Uncontrolled Release of Dental Mercury
Abstract: Written by Michael Bender, this Health Care Without Harm report explores the issue of waste dental mercury disposal. Includes sections on the occurrence and toxicity of mercury, dental mercury disposal routes, challenges to reducing dental mercury releases, and case studies of dental mercury reduction initiatives from several U.S. states as well as other countries. The report ends with a list of recommendations for addressing the proper handling of dental mercury waste. (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages)
Source: Health Care Without Harm
H2E's 10 Step Guide to Fluorescent Lamp Recycling [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from H2E provides 10 steps for implementing a fluorescent lamp recycling program at a health care facility. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
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
Managing Wastes From Health Care Providers [PDF]
Abstract: This MPCA fact sheet is intended to assist health care providers with proper waste management. For the purposes of this fact sheet "health care providers" include "a school or plant nurse's office, a physicians' office, a dental office, a medical clinic or center, an assisted-care or long-term care facility, a hospital, a veterinary clinic or animal hospital and those personnel providing health care or operating such facilities." Waste types discussed include hazardous wastes, industrial solid waste, infectious waste, pharmaceutical waste, radioactive wastes, and sewerable waste. (PDF Format; Length: 7 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Abstract: From MedlinePlus, a very good compilation of links relating to mercury.
Source: National Library of Medicine
Mercury in Eye Surgery Settings [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides suggestions for facilities that still have mercury intraocular pressure reducers?little bags of mercury used as weights to apply pressure to the eye prior to cataract surgery. While these devices are no longer commercially available and the practice is largely obsolete, many facilities may still have these devices. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
Mercury Spills:How Much Do They Cost? [PDF]
Abstract: The true costs of mercury spills are not well documented and tend to be anecdotal. This fact sheet provides references and excerpts from those references to help estimate the potential cost of various types of mercury spills that may occur in a health care setting. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
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.
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