mercury containing device News

  • EU close to agreeing mercury device controls

    EU governments and the European parliament’s rapporteur MEP have struck a compromise deal paving the way for a ban on mercury in all fever thermometers. The restrictions will also cover similar measuring devices, such as barometers, that are intended for public sale. A committee of EU member state representatives formally backed the first-reading deal on Tuesday. But the accord has yet to ...

  • Don’t mess with mercury

    As part of Children’s Health month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry today launched its “Don’t Mess with Mercury” video in an effort to protect children from the dangers of mercury. The EPA responds to numerous mercury spills every year that are primarily caused by children playing with mercury. The EPA’s cost for cleanup can ...

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Better detection of mercury contamination developed by researchers

    Mercury contamination has a negative impact on both the environment and human health. Researchers have developed a simple visual technique that will make detecting mercury pollution much easier. Mercury poses an international threat, as it can be transported through the air and through the food chain, especially via fish. It is mainly used in thermometers, barometers, dental fillings and ...

  • EU scientific committee looks for mercury alternatives

    April saw EU scientists actively seeking advice on possible alternatives to a pollutant that threatens the health of millions, from humans, animals to ecosystems. The EU’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) is currently undergoing research into the possible substitutes to mercury-containing sphygmomanometers. Under a 2007 directive (Directive 2007/51/EC) ...

  • Jerome Mercury Detection – Innovation Across the Globe

    Arizona Instrument’s line of Jerome® toxic gas analyzers is designed to provide accurate and reliable data in compact, rugged and easy to use packages. Our patented gold film sensor technology in particular is referenced in countless other patents dealing with mercury waste and removal, just some of which are listed below. Jerome is a trusted standard when it comes to ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Great Lakes States Seek Comment on Mercury Reduction Strategy

    CHICAGO, Illinois, August 29, 2007 (ENS) - The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has opened a 60 day public comment period for its Draft Great Lakes Mercury In Products Phase-Down Strategy. In April 2006, the GLRC began development of a basin-wide strategy for the phase-down of mercury in products and waste. The proposal calls for action in five product areas and five economic sectors ...

  • New report supports feasibility of EU ban on mercury sphygmomanometers

    As the EU begins an investigation into the feasibility of banning mercury in professional-use sphygmomanometers, supporters of a ban have received a boost from a new report detailing the wide use of mercury-free alternatives in the United States.Titled “End of an Era: The Phase-Out of Mercury Blood Pressure Devices”, the document includes testimony from a number of US healthcare providers and ...


  • EPA completes cleanup of mercury spill in santurce, Puerto Rico

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed emergency response activities following two mercury spills in Santurce, Puerto Rico. EPA is warning parents and the public not to keep mercury at home and to exercise caution when faced with accidental spills of mercury. The most recent incident began January 25, 2011 at the Fedrecio Asenjo Middles School in Santurce’s Barrio Obrero ...

  • New EPA assessment highlights effective mercury-free alternatives

    There are alternatives to mercury, according to a just-released preliminary assessment of the uses of elemental mercury in a number of products. The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that switches, relays, button cell batteries, non-fever thermometers, and measuring devices, such as thermostats, don’t have to contain mercury. Under the Chemical Assessment and Management Program, EPA ...

  • Mercury Spill in Illinois Results in Lawsuit & Reminds Public to be Aware of this Toxic Metal

    Last month, The Record reported that a dairy business is seeking a judgment of $1.4 million against a sanitary and clean-up company for costs and damages associated with a mercury spill at their business.  The spill occurred when a manometer containing the toxic liquid metal was laid on its side, spilling toxic mercury.   Mercury spills occur all too frequently.  In ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • Scrubbers In Other Countries Remove More Mercury Than U.S. Emits

    Power plants in the U.S. emit 48 tons per year of mercury. Power plants outside the U.S. remove more than 50 tons per year of mercury, and this quantity will increase to over 80 tons by 2010.  This new finding by the McIlvaine Company is based on its ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • California Adopts New Recycling Measure for Mercury-laden Thermostats

    The state of California issued new rules today that will greatly reduce the amount of dangerous mercury sent to landfills and incinerators each year due to the improper disposal of old mercury-laden thermostats. The new rules will require thermostat manufacturers to collect and recycle the vast majority of discarded mercury thermostats in California. Over the next five years, this will keep ...

  • Milestone project demonstrates innovative mercury emissions reduction technology

    An innovative technology that could potentially help some coal-based power generation facilities comply with anticipated new mercury emissions standards was successfully demonstrated in a recently concluded milestone project at a Michigan power plant. Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), WE Energies demonstrated ...

  • EU seeks decision to start negotiation process on an international agreement on mercury

    The European Union is calling on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council to start the negotiation process on an international legal agreement on mercury, at its meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this week (16-20 February). The EU strongly favours legally binding measures to regulate the toxic metal, which poses a major threat to humans, animals and ecosystems. The agreement ...

  • U.S. EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dental offices nationwide. These new Clean Water Act standards would cut discharges of dental amalgam - a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Under this proposal, dentists must use devices to remove mercury and other toxic metals before they go down the ...

  • NGOs welcome progress towards EU mercury export ban

    Environmental and health NGOs welcomed the results of the 2nd reading vote from the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament on the proposed EU regulation to ban exports of mercury and safely store the surplus. The Committee upheld the position of the Parliament’s first reading last June supporting a full export ban of metallic mercury, cinnabar ore, ...

  • United Nations convention tackling hazardous mercury to open for signature

    A landmark treaty to curb the use of mercury will open for signature on Wednesday, 9 October in Japan, marking a further watershed moment towards the global phase-out of the notorious heavy metal in many products and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. The newest United Nations treaty, named the Minamata Convention after a Japanese city where serious health damage occurred as a ...

  • United Nations convention tackling hazardous mercury to open for signature

    A landmark treaty to curb the use of mercury will open for signature on Wednesday, 9 October in Japan, marking a further watershed moment towards the global phase-out of the notorious heavy metal in many products and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. The newest United Nations treaty, named the Minamata Convention after a Japanese city where serious health damage occurred as a ...

  • MEPs ban cadmium from power tool batteries and mercury from button cells

    A law banning the toxic substance cadmium from portable batteries and accumulators used in cordless power tools such as drills, screwdrivers or saws, was voted by Parliament on Thursday. This ban, already agreed with EU ministers, will apply from 31 December 2016. MEPs also inserted a clause banning mercury from button cells from autumn 2015. "I am confident that the adopted ...


    By European Parliament

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you