Tom Hicks, Hazardous Materials Specialist
thicks@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-2883
fax: 208-885-5969
Environmental Health & Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030
Mark Borth, Hazardous Materials Technician II
borth@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-6279
fax: 208-885-5969
Environmental Health & Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030

PSS Units

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030
Phone: (208) 885-6524
Fax: (208) 885-5969
Email

Public Safety & Security

Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162 
Moscow, ID 83844-3162
Phone: (208) 885-2254
Fax: (208) 885-9490

Emergency Management

Emergency Management
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7179
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Risk Management & Insurance

Risk Management & Insurance
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162
Moscow, ID 83844-3162 
Phone: (208) 885-7177
Fax: (208) 885-9490
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Security Services

Security Services
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7054
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Mercury containing equipment

Universal Waste - Mercury Containing Equipment

What we do

Mercury-containing equipment (MCE) includes devices, items, or articles that contain varying amounts of elemental mercury.  Some commonly recognized devices are thermostats, barometers, manometers, temperature and pressure gauges, and mercury switches, such as light switches in automobiles.  MCE is a category of Universal Waste.  The Environmental Protection Agency website has a detailed list of MCE.

Environmental Health and Safety collects all MCE for proper recycling or disposal.  We work with the Facilities Services Recycling/Surplus/Solid Waste division to examine old appliances and remove mercury devices if necessary.  EHS responds to mercury spills, particularly if the quantity is more than the amount in a thermometer.

How you can help

Be alert to the presence of mercury-containing equipment (see list).  Replace your mercury thermometers with mercury-free alcohol or digital thermometers.  Manage MCE in a manner that avoids releasing any mercury to the environment.  If you are discarding any MCE, place it in a sturdy container that can be easily closed.  For example, place mercury thermometers in a heavy-walled plastic jug with a screw cap.  Mark the container "Universal Waste - MCE" and mark the date you put the first device in the container; or print a label that is available on this website.  Submit a Chemical Waste Collection Request, print the label when prompted by the online system, and attach it to the container.  Know how to respond to mercury spills.