Information for Schools, Businesses and Healthcare
It is against Michigan law for schools to have or use liquid mercury or mercury-bearing items in their facilities.
It is also against Michigan law for healthcare facilities to have or use mercury-bearing blood pressure devices or to buy these devices or other mercury-bearing medical equipment (such as thermometers, esophageal dilators, GI tubes).
It is best to get rid of mercury in your school, clinic, or office before it spills. Arrange this with your building management or visit Michigan Clean Sweep, Earth911.com, or Michigan Energy Options to learn where to get rid of mercury safely. Before transporting any item with mercury in it, package it safely to prevent a spill.
Despite our best intentions, mercury spills sometimes happen at places where the public can be exposed to mercury vapor. If a mercury spill occurs:
- Limit access to and from the spill area as soon as possible to avoid tracking the mercury to other areas.
- Do NOT vacuum or use other janitorial products. Have trained and experienced cleanup contractors clean the spill.
- Contact your local health department or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-648-6942 for guidance and to make sure public health is protected.
Skilled trade workers may find mercury while on the job. The following fact sheets provide more information:
- Mercury & Electrical Work
- Mercury & HVAC Systems
- Mercury & Plumbing
- Mercury & Renovation / Energy Upgrades
For mercury spills inside your home, see Information for the Public.
Need to know more? Call your local health department or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-648-6942.