Problem: Mercury thermometers, barometers and gauges can break spilling mercury costing time and money for the lab to get cleaned up. A recent barometer spill took 16 staff hours to clean up.

Photo: Mercury thermometers
Solution: Please fill out a Mercury Thermometer exchange form and EH&S will pick up your mercury thermometer and replace it with a harmless spirit one for free. Other apparatus gladly picked up.
Cost: Free. Spirit thermometers are not as accurate as mercury ones (but not by much)
Benefit: Save EH&S hours of clean up time and materials for broken mercury thermometers. Savings estimated at $60 per broken thermometer (2006).

Learn more about the exchange program
Learn more about alternatives to mercury thermometers
Learn more information about the benefits of switching to alcohol based thermometers