Mercury Reduction

Much of the information in this section is taken from "Reducing Mercury Use in Health Care", a manual prepared by the Monroe County Department of Health in cooperation with Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York and the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services, with funding by a grant from the U.S. EPA. For a complete list of contributors and to download a PDF version.

The Sustainable Hospitals Project wishes to thank the authors for permission to use this material.

*Reducing Mercury Use in Health Care
*Tools for Change

* Case Studies

Share the experiences of hospitals and clinics that are working to reduce mercury.

* Why is mercury a problem?

The background and health effects of mercury, as well as the benefits of mercury pollution prevention.

* How to establish mercury pollution prevention in your hospital.

How to get started, gather data, establish goals, institute best management practices, and measure and document success.

* Best management practices for mercury-containing products in the hospital

A description of all the products and locations where mercury is used in your hospital, and what alternatives exist for reducing mercury use.

* Bibliography

Citations for books, articles, and reports that support the information in this section.

* Comparing Mercury and Aneroid Sphygmomanometers

Mercury and aneroid sphygmomanometers are widely used because of their low purchase price. This article lists points to consider when deciding which to buy.

* Mercury Resource List

This tool is a list of the most important resources about mercury reduction in health care. These resources include documents, links and audio-visual materials.

* The Case against Mercury:The Problem with Mercury Thermometers

A factsheet providing general information about mercury and mercury thermometers.

* Benefits of a Mercury Pollution Program in Your Hospital

A factsheet on the advantage of planning out mercury in hospitals. Includes a table(s) summarizing accomplishments of several health care organizations.

* Medical Facility Mercury Survey

A checklist to help medical facility staff identify sources of mercury in their workplace

* Mercury Reduction Proclamation

Suggested language for a formal declaration of a facility's committment to mercury reduction. Also included is Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's draft resolution based on the document.

* Mercury Purchasing Policy Language

This document contains examples of mercury purchasing policy language from several health care organizations.

* Vendor Product Mercury-Content Disclosure

Signed agreement to support hospital efforts to identify and phase out Mercury-containing products.

* Annual Assessment of Hospital's Mercury Pollution Prevention Program

A form that can be used to establish baseline assessment and measure program over a four year period.

* Mercury Sources and Alternatives in Health Care

This list contains some common sources of mercury in health Care and general information about alternatives. However, more detailed information on alternative products can be found in the alternative product section.