The 3 most important reasons to be worried about mercury in schools are:
You may think that mercury is no longer a problem, but it’s still around. Some of the most common sources are:
Mercury spills are dangerous — and they can be very difficult to clean up.
That’s why prevention is so important.
Use this checklist [PDF] to find out if there’s mercury in your school. If you don’t know where mercury could be found in your school, you aren’t alone. Learn about common sources of mercury — including products that you and your students use every day.
Learn about safe alternatives [PDF] for products that contain mercury. One of the best ways to prevent mercury poisoning in your school is to learn about safe alternatives for products you use that contain mercury. Make your school safer by making some very simple changes.
Get rid of mercury safely.
When mercury is found in your school, there are things you need to do to get rid of it safely. Find out how to get mercury out of your school the right way — and keep everyone safe in the process.
Make sure you know who to call.
Complete this contact sheet [PDF] and hang it in the main office near a phone. Also post a copy in every science lab.
To get the contact information for your state’s Department of Public Health, check:
To get the contact information for your state’s Environmental Protection Agency, check: