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Mercury-Schools: Background and Overview
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Getting Mercury Out of Schools: Why it?s a Problem, Where it is, What to do
This guidance was prepared to assist Massachusetts schools in identifying and removing mercury mater...

Mercury in Schools and the Community: A National Issue
This participatory curriculum, adapted from Wisconsin?s ?Mercury in Your Community and the Environme...

Mercury Use: Educational Institutions
Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook. Covers mercury use and pollution prevention in schools.

Strategies for Preventing Elemental Mercury Exposure in Homes and Schools
The purpose of this report is to identify and analyze strategies for reducing human exposure to elem...

ToxFAQs for Mercury
Fact sheet on mercury detailing environmental and health risks. Includes federal recommendations and...

There is an abundance of mercury sitting in schools creating a hazardous environment for all of us.

Many high schools and middle schools have reported one or more mercury spills involving elemental mercury, thermometers, sphygmomanometers and barometers.

Focusing on mercury in schools can achieve all of the following:

  • Help educate students, teachers and administrators about the health hazards and environmental fate of mercury;
  • Promote the proper disposal management and elimination of mercury and products containing mercury at schools;
  • Promote use of alternative products that do not contain mercury;
  • Prevent mercury spills and promote proper spill cleanup;
  • Encourage schools to take advantage of free mercury disposal programs that may be available to them;
  • Bring the message home, so that students and their families can evaluate mercury use in their homes and learn about less toxic alternatives.


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Hub Last Updated: 9/7/2010