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Waste containing mercury, category V

Definition

Substances or objects containing mercury, such as thermometers, mercury switches, blood-pressure meters, barometers, etc.

Labelling

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Disposal

To arrange for the collection of waste containing mercury, please contact Stijntje Bosman (S.T.Bosman@rug.nl).

Processing

The mercury is removed by vacuum distillation and reused as permitted.

Extra information

Avoid mercury spills (e.g. on aluminium objects, equipment and jewellery), since mercury and its vapour is harmful and can cause serious damage to many metals.

In the event of calamities or incidents involving mercury, the Health & Safety coordinator of the Faculty has the knowledge and facilities for removing the mercury.
If mercury is spilled on floor coverings, the affected area can be cut out and taken to Residual Waste Management.

Last modified:08 February 2016 08.45 a.m.
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