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Mercury Spill

Clean-up, Decontamination and Abatement

Mercury is a heavy, silvery metal element that is liquid at room temperature. But when mercury spills, it often beads and spreads readily into many small droplets that can vaporize into the surrounding air depending upon the amount spilled, surface area, temperature (vapor increases with warmer air), air flow and physical disturbance of the spilled material. Mercury vapors are invisible, odorless and at high levels, very toxic causing harm to the nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive tract and kidneys.

Because even small spills can cause high levels of mercury vapors that are unsafe to breathe, mercury spill testing and clean-up should be left to experts. HazChem’s experience and state-of-the-art equipment allows us to detect, test and confirm the presence of mercury to handle mercury spill decontamination or abatement projects of any size.

HazChem has tested and decontaminated thousands of residences, industrial facilities and medical facilities. Although mercury can be difficult to collect and remove, HazChem’s emergency response team and mercury experts are dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment from toxic mercury exposure. On-site, HazChem’s professionals work in conjunction with your personnel to assess the situation and isolate the affected area. Once mercury has been detected and confirmed, we recommend and undertake whatever remedial action is necessary to separate the mercury from the contaminated area and remove the harmful vapors from the air.

HazChem’s mercury services

In case of a mercury spill

  • DO NOT use a vacuum to clean up mercury. Vacuum exhaust will put more mercury vapors into the air.
  • DO NOT use a broom to clean up mercury. It will break the mercury into smaller beads, spreading it and making more vapor.
  • DO NOT allow people whose shoes have had contact with the mercury to take their shoes or clothes beyond the spill area. Isolate the affected area or further contamination may result.
  • DO NOT put mercury in the trash.
  • DO NOT pour or allow mercury to go down the drain.
  • DO call HazChem at 630.458.1910 to have a HazChem professional on-site within two hours