Mercury Spills

spills cleanup

If mercury spills in your school, will you be ready?
Click here for a poster Cdc-pdf[PDF – 4MB] reminding you of spill clean-up basics.

If mercury spills, it can turn into poisonous vapors that can have dangerous health effects.

If there’s been a spill at your school:
Follow these steps Cdc-pdf[PDF – 280KB] to keep your students and staff safe — and to prevent mercury from spreading throughout the school. For a small spill, you may be able to clean it up yourself. For a large spill, work with professionals.

After a spill:
Use these talking points Cdc-pdf[PDF – 572KB]to help you communicate with parents and other members of the community.

Use these example letters to send home to parents following a mercury spill at school.
Sample letter parents and caregivers Cdc-word[DOC – 21KB] 
Sample letter testing shoes and personal items Cdc-word[DOC – 18KB]

Every school needs a spill kit.Cdc-pdf
Find out what you need to put together a spill kit for your school.

Remember, it pays to be prepared.
Make sure you have easy access to local resources that can help in case of a spill — fill out this contact sheet Cdc-pdf[PDF – 174KB] and post it in your school today.


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Page last reviewed: November 19, 2018