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Substances

Mercury
7439-97-6

Where is it Commonly Found?

Batteries, HVAC Controls, electrical components, paint, flooring, medical equipment, switches & relays, and lamps.
HEALTH EFFECT SUMMARY
Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxin (EPA) - Prenatal exposure can result in deficits in language, memory, and attention. Note this is not soley a neurotoxin for children.

What are its known health effects?

Developmental Toxicant (P65) (J372/Mercury)

What are its suspected health effects?

Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicant (KLAA)

Endocrine Toxicant (IL-EPA) (KEIT) (WWF)

Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant (STAC)

Immunotoxicant (HAZMAP)

Kidney Toxicant (HAZMAP) (KLAA) (STAC)

Neurotoxicant (ATSDR) (EPA-HEN) (EPA-SARA) (HAZMAP) (KLAA) (OEHHA-CREL) (STAC)

Reproductive Toxicant (EPA-SARA) (FRAZIER) (HAZMAP) (OEHHA-AREL)

Respiratory Toxicant (NEME)

Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant (HAZMAP) (KLAA)

Alternative Materials

There many alternative materials and products that are mercury free for batteries, HVAC controls, electrical components, paint, flooring, medical equipment, switches & relays, and lamps

Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?

Green Guide for Health Care - MR Prerequisite 2: Mercury Elimination;
Green Guide for Health Care - MR Credit 4.2: PBT Elimination: Mercury;
Green Guide for Health Care - EQ Prerequisite 3: Hazardous Material Removal or Encapsulation;
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How is it Categorized?

Metals and Metal Compounds

What is its Origin?

Mercury is a heavy metal (symbol Hg) which occurs naturally in the environment but is now mainly released by human activities.

Divisions and Sections

General Reference

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris/index.cfm?fuseaction=iris.showQuickView&substance_nmbr=0370