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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.
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)
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
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
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.
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