Want to learn more about mercury?
The first thing you can do to keep your school safe from the dangers of mercury is to get the facts.
What is Elemental Mercury?
Mercury is a metal found naturally in the environment. It comes is a few forms. Elemental (metallic) mercury is the shiny, silver-gray metal found in thermometers, barometers, thermostats, and other electrical switches.
- Mercury can break into droplets when spilled. The droplets spread easily and can build up in tiny cracks and spaces wherever it is spilled.
- Mercury can vaporize (evaporate) into the air. The vapor cannot be seen or smelled.
- Breathing in mercury vapors is the most common way to get mercury poisoning – and also the most dangerous.
- Mercury can be toxic to the nervous system, lungs, and kidneys.
Check out the following resources to help you learn the basics about mercury:
- Don’t Mess with Mercury Videos
- Facts About Mercury in Schools [PDF – 161KB]
- Mercury Facts for Students [PDF – 569KB]
- Health Effects of Mercury Exposure [PDF – 1.1MB]
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- Page last reviewed: September 10, 2018
- Page last updated: September 10, 2018
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