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Mercury-Containing Products Safety Plan (F&E.03.10.06)

Mercury-Containing Products Safety Plan (F&E.03.10.06) - Policies, Administrative, UWHC, Department Specific, Facilities & Engineering Services

F&E.03.10.06

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
X Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
F&E.03.10.06

Original
X Revision
Page 1
of 2
Title: Mercury-Containing
Products Safety Plan


PE.03.10.06 Mercury Containing Products Safety Plan
I PURPOSE

To establish guidelines for the purchasing of mercury-containing products and procedures for
the handling, storage, and recycling of mercury-containing products.

II POLICY

A. Facilities & Engineering Services shall not purchase mercury-containing products for new
construction, lamps excluded.
B. Facilities & Engineering Services shall phase out mercury-containing products with
renovations and purchase low mercury lamps.
C. After the end of a mercury-containing product’s useful life, Facilities & Engineering Services
staff will store the product in a sealed, labeled container within a designated area to be
collected by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Environment, Health & Safety department.
D. The types of mercury-containing products collected in the recycling program include
thermometers, thermostats, pressure control switches, light bulbs and blood pressure cuffs.
E. Mercury spills shall be handled by qualified Facilities & Engineering Services staff and
recycled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Environment, Health & Safety department.

III FORMS USED None

IV PROCEDURE

A. Purchasing
1. The Facilities & Engineering Services Purchasing Agent is responsible for preventing
the purchase of mercury-containing products for new construction and renovations,
lamps excluded.

B. Recycling
1. When replacing mercury-containing products in UWHC facilities, Facilities &
Engineering Services staff store products to be recycled in sealed, labeled containers
within designated areas. The designated area at the Clinical Science Center (CSC) is
the loading dock. Remote clinics establish designated areas on site; Facilities &
Engineering Services staff transport full containers to the loading dock at the CSC.
2. The Maintenance and Operations Manager or delegate is responsible for contacting
the University of Wisconsin-Madison Environment, Health & Safety department to
collect and recycle mercury-containing products from the loading dock.

C. Spill Response
1. Small mercury spills (less than five milliliters) are collected in a disposal container.
Facilities & Engineering Services staff wear gloves and use a thin piece of cardboard

FACILITIES & ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
July 2015
X Administrative Manual
X Computer Room Manual

Policy #:
F&E.03.10.06

Original
X Revision
Page 2
of 2
Title: Mercury-Containing
Products Safety Plan


PE.03.10.06 Mercury Containing Products Safety Plan
or plastic to transfer the spill into a disposal container. The container is sealed and
labeled.
2. Large mercury spills (greater than five milliliters) are collected by qualified Facilities &
Engineering Services staff in a mercury vacuum. The area is closed off to prevent
vapors from spreading.

V REFERENCES
UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety Laboratory Safety Guide
MSDS Online (U-Connect)

VI COORDINATION
Continual Readiness Committee
UWHC Safety Director
UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety



Wayne Abbott
Director, Facilities & Engineering Services