2.5 Mercury Containing Equipment

Containers

  • Containers are selected based on the type and size of equipment and may vary.
  • Small items of mercury containing equipment may be placed in a plastic bag, double bagged, and the bags tied closed.
  • Bags must then be placed into a structurally sound, rigid container such as a cardboard box.
  • Container must be capable of being closed so that no material can fall out.
  • Contact EHS for assistance with selection of containers.

Labeling and Marking

  • Generator of equipment attaches a University of Iowa “Universal Waste-Mercury Containing Equipment” label to the container.
  • Mark on the label the date the first piece of equipment is placed in the container.
  • Mark on the label the name of the building where the equipment container is stored.
  • See section 1.4 of this manual for more information on labels. Contact EHS to obtain labels. Labels are also available for printing from the EHS Web site.

Storage

  • Containers must be kept closed at all times, except when adding pieces of equipment to container.
  • When appropriate use secondary containment to prevent spills.

Disposal

  • Containers of equipment must not be stored for longer than 11 months.
  • Contact EHS for pickup not more than 11 months after the date the first piece of equipment is placed in the container, whether the container is full or not.
  • EHS will pick up mercury containing equipment for disposal.

Mercury Spills/Leaking Equipment

  • Clean up mercury spills immediately.
  • Contact EHS for questions on spill cleanup.
  • Place mercury contaminated material into a separate container from non-broken/non-leaking equipment.
  • Spill residues are also hazardous waste.
  • Label containers with hazardous waste labels supplied by EHS.
  • Contact EHS for disposal. Labels are also available for printing from the EHS Web site.