Mercury Abatement & Disposal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is mercury found in homes and businesses?

Mercury is used in many products, most commonly thermometers, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), light bulbs, thermostats, barometers, and rubber flooring often found in commercial facilities.

What are the risks of exposure to mercury-containing materials?

Mercury can cause serious health and environmental risks when not properly handled. Pure or “elemental” mercury can be absorbed through inhalation in vapor form and also through the skin or lining of the mouth. Children are most susceptible to lasting health risks from mercury exposure since they have smaller bodies and less blood volume, which means mercury exposure is more concentrated. Mercury must be properly remediated and disposed of to prevent environmental risks including the contamination of drinking water, soil, natural waterways, and fish.

How do you test for mercury-containing materials?

CHC provides comprehensive mercury abatement services. While we do not perform toxic metal testing services in-house, we can coordinate and manage the administering of third-party tests. A CHC representative meets the third-party testing service representative onsite to oversee the testing process and follows up to ensure that you get your hazard report in a timely manner.

How do I know if I need mercury remediation or disposal services?

Anytime mercury exposure is suspected, you should contact CHC immediately. In the event of a spill, product damage, or mercury release of any kind, we can provide emergency cleanup and disposal services. Keep people and pets away from the incident area and increase ventilation into the space. If you are unsure if an incident has caused the release of mercury, it’s best to be safe and contact our mercury abatement experts for advice.

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