Date Established: 8/27/2009
Date Last Updated: -
Category: Environmental, Health and Safety
Environment, Health and Safety
Associate Vice President for Facilities
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The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for what steps to take after a mercury spill. Elemental, or liquid mercury, is a toxic material that can commonly be found in thermometers, manometers, vacuum pumps, and switches. When spilled, mercury often fragments into small beads that can bounce and roll away from the original spill location. This can make it difficult to clean up a spill.
Policy applies to all university laboratories, research areas, art studios, and other spaces serviced by UB Environment, Health and Safety.
Refer to UB Hazardous Chemical Waste Management guidebook information concerning the management and disposal of hazardous wastes.
The primary responsibility for following this policy rests with the principal investigator or supervisor of the area where mercury and/or mercury containing devices may be located. Any researchers, students or other employees who work in those areas must be trained and made aware of this policy.
If the amount of spilled mercury amounts to greater than what is normally present in a standard thermometer, it will be considered a large mercury spill for the purposes of this policy. Large mercury spills are NOT to be cleaned up by anyone other than EHS.
If what is spilled amounts to less than what would be present in a standard thermometer, it will be considered a small spill for the purposes of this policy.
This procedure shall be reviewed once every two years, or as changes require.
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