Mercury Spills in Schools and Businesses
Before transporting any item with mercury in it, be sure to package it inside two zip-top plastic bags or a sealable non-glass container (Rubbermaid, old paint can) to prevent a release while transporting the item.
However, despite our best intentions, mercury spills do still sometimes happen at businesses and schools, places where a large number of people can be exposed to mercury vapor.
In the event of a mercury spill at a school or business:
The following fact sheets can help you learn more. There are also letter templates that you can use in the event of a spill:
- Michigan laws that limit the use and sale of mercury
- Hiring a Cleanup Contractor - A fact sheet discussing how to select a cleanup contractor for mercury spills in schools and businesses is in progress. In the meantime, please refer to our homeowner's fact sheet and call MDCH for additional guidance.
- Eliminate Mercury in Schools
- Sample Parent Notification Letter
- Sample Contaminated Shoe Letter
- Sample Press Release
For Business & Trades
- Mercury & Electrical Work
- Mercury & HVAC Systems
- Mercury & Plumbing
- Mercury and Renovation & Energy Upgrades
For mercury spills inside your home, go to:
MDCH's page on Mercury Spills
Do you need more information?
Call your local health department or the Michigan Department of Community Health at 1-800-648-6942.