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Mercury Spills in Schools and Businesses
It is best to get rid of mercury in your office or school before it spills. Visit Operation Clean Sweep or Earth911.com or Michigan Energy Options to learn how to get rid of mercury safely.
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.
For Business & Trades
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.