Working with Mercury – ½ Day Course

Course Info

About This Course

This course is specifically tailored for individuals who work with, around, or may potentially be exposed to mercury. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of mercury-containing materials, health effects, control procedures, and regulatory requirements to ensure safe handling and management.

Who Should Participate: This course is essential for a wide range of personnel, including but not limited to building owners, operators, architects, engineers, designers, abatement contractors, maintenance staff, trade workers (such as plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians), health and safety representatives, consultants, estimators, and specification writers.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Mercury:
    • Overview of mercury and its properties
    • Historical use of mercury-containing materials
  2. Mercury Containing Materials:
    • Identification of common materials containing mercury
    • Where mercury can be found in various settings (e.g., buildings, equipment)
  3. Health Effects of Mercury Exposure:
    • Understanding the potential health risks associated with mercury exposure
    • Short-term and long-term effects on human health
  4. Control Procedures:
    • Administrative controls: Policies and procedures for safe handling and disposal
    • Engineering controls: Techniques and equipment for mercury containment and extraction
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE): Proper selection and use of PPE to minimize exposure
  5. Overview of Federal/Provincial Regulations:
    • Examination of relevant regulations governing mercury handling and disposal
    • Compliance requirements for different jurisdictions
  6. Risk Assessment and Management:
    • Conducting risk assessments to identify potential exposure scenarios
    • Strategies for managing and mitigating mercury-related risks
  7. Safe Handling and Cleanup Procedures:
    • Step-by-step instructions for safe handling and cleanup of mercury spills
    • Emergency response protocols
  8. Mercury Waste Management:
    • Proper disposal methods for mercury-containing materials
    • Recycling and treatment options
  9. Training and Education:
    • Importance of ongoing training and awareness programs
    • Strategies for educating employees and stakeholders about mercury hazards
  10. Case Studies and Best Practices:
    • Real-life examples of successful mercury management programs
    • Best practices for minimizing mercury exposure and contamination
  11. Resources and References:
    • Access to relevant resources, guidelines, and reference materials
    • Information on organizations and agencies specializing in mercury management
  12. Conclusion and Evaluation:
    • Recap of key concepts covered in the course
    • Participant feedback and evaluation