3 Ways Healthcare Providers Can Remove Mercury

Mercury-containing devices can be found in households, commercial settings and in healthcare facilities and many other unsuspecting places. The use of these devices may presents health and safety hazards to residents of homes, industrial workers and healthcare providers, as well as their patients if not handled properly. Exposure to mercury vapor can cause nausea, vomiting and even blood poisoning, with children and older people at highest risk.  Long-term exposure can cause central nervous system damage among a host of other health issues.

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To take better care of patients in these settings, their caregivers and the environment, many healthcare providers have taken steps to reduce the use of mercury-containing devices and tools, including:

  • Replacing sphygmomanometers with digital blood pressure cuffs.
  • Switching out mercury thermometers with digital or alcohol thermometers.
  • Swapping mercury-containing thermostats with digital thermostats.

Here are some additional products in healthcare facilities that may contain mercury:

  • Batteries
  • Blood Analyzers
  • Hearing Aids
  • Pacemakers
  • Pumps
  • Scales
  • Electron Microscopes

As the owner or operator of a healthcare facility, be prepared to handle a mercury spill if any of the aforementioned mercury devices are on site. It is not good enough to assume personnel would be able to recognize mercury and what to do in case of a spill if they are not trained. If you’re interested in training your staff on how to mitigate mercury spills, contact Rader Environmental at 419.424.1222.

 

Minimizing Mercury Hazards in your Work Environment

Spring Cleaning applies to your educational or industrial laboratory too.  Maximize the benefit of your cleaning efforts by removing the source of potential spills of hazardous materials (such as mercury-containing devices or mercury reagents).  By doing so, you go a long way toward a cleaner work environment.  Spring is a great time to do it!  Traditionally, spring/summer marks the end of the school season and allows for cleaning and maintenance work while classes are not in session.  Likewise, in many industries spring to mid-summer is a time for re-tooling and maintenance breaks.   Perhaps you have some obsolete mercury compounds on a shelf in your storage area.  Remove them now and they won’t have a chance to cause a problem later.  Rader Environmental Services, Inc. can assist you in the proper handling, packaging, recycling or lab pack disposal of mercury materials or other obsolete chemicals.  We also own specialized mercury testing instruments and cleanup equipment to help you address any spills.  Contact us today for assistance!