Home / Blog / Premises Liability / What not to do during mercury releases and spills

What not to do during mercury releases and spills

Posted on November 18, 2014 2:38 pm under Premises Liability

Mercury is a highly toxic naturally occurring metal present in many laboratory instruments, home appliances, lighting fixtures, and dental equipment. Exposure to high levels of mercury is usually caused by spills or releases from broken equipment that contains mercury. Unfortunately, property managers sometimes fall short in keeping their premises free from mercury and correctly securing their property in the event of a mercury spill.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined a simple list of what not to do during mercury releases and spills:

  • Do not use vacuum, as it may disperse the mercury in the air
  • Do not pour it down the drain, as it may cause plumbing problems in the future
  • Do not use a broom to clean it up, as it may increase exposure by breaking the mercury into smaller fragments
  • Do not wash clothes that were directly exposed to mercury, discard the items to avoid future contamination
  • Do not roam around with contaminated clothing, you might be spreading the mercury around

If you believe your exposure to mercury has been a result of a property owner’s mishandling of mercury releases and spills in any establishment in Wisconsin, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.