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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

Doctors, Children's Advocates, Public Health Organizations and Hospitals Announce Support for (IL) Governor's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan [PDF]
Abstract: A strong coalition of doctors, children's advocates, public health organizations and hospitals have commended Illinois Governor Blagojevich's new mercury pollution reduction plan and announced their support. They then called on the CEOs of companies owning Illinois coal plants to reduce the mercury pollution from their coal plants by 90 percent by June 30, 2009 as provided in the Governor's plan. Press release from Environmental Law and Policy Center. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
URL: http://www.stopmercurypollution.org/documents/mercury_pressr
elease_01-11-06.pdf

Environmentally Preferable LED Exit Signs: Saving Money and Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses LED exit signs; these signs are more energy efficient than fluorescent lamp exit signs and contain no mercury. One fluorescent lamp exit sign can contain more than 10 mg of mercury. Topics covered in this fact sheet include comparative performance of incandescent, fluorescent and LED exit signs, financial savings estimates for using LED exit signs, and retrofit options. (PDF Format; 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fs_P3exitsigns.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

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

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

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy makers and others about: products that contain intentionally-added mercury; the amount of mercury in a specific product; the amount of mercury in a specific product line sold in the U.S. in a given year; and manufacturers of mercury added products. The information in this database was submitted to IMERC by or on behalf of product manufacturers in compliance with laws in the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The database may be searched by sector, product category, manufacturer or amount of mercury content.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc.cfm

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
URL: http://www.acesolidwaste.com/FluorescentLampDisposal.pdf

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 Use in Thermostats [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the use of mercury in thermostats. It is based on data obtained only from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database. It covers thermostats used in residences, businesses and industrial settings, including thermostats sold as stand-alone units and as components within heating and cooling equipment. It does not include mercury thermostats used in cooking ranges; those thermostats are covered in the NEWMOA fact sheet entitled, ?Mercury Use in Gas & Electric Cooking Ranges and Other Cooking Equipment.? (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/th
ermostats.pdf

Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit
Abstract: Developed by U.S. EPA Region 7, this toolkit contains links to videos, background informational documents for educators, information on taking action, and information and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Videos are Windows Media files. Documents are PDF.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 7
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region7/mercury/educator_toolkit.htm

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/

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

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.
URL: http://www.cuocoandcormier.com/Environmental-mercuryrecovery
.shtml

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: 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

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

The Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is ?low-mercury,? the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA?s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on what to do with spent lamps. Recommended specifications for lamp purchasing contracts are also included. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.lightcorp.com/PDFs/industrial/learn/InformHgLowdo
wn_DD19D.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 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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/index.htm

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.
pdf

 


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