Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:31:18 -0700
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Subject: Re: Residual Mercury in Schools
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Diane, What's the expected service life of a mercury-sniffing dog?  


Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM 
Safety & Compliance Officer 
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory

>>> "Amell, Diane (DLI)"  3/25/2011 9:35 AM >>>
The MN Pollution Control Agency and the MN Dept. of Health have done a lot 
of work in this area. In fact, they have a black Labrador Retriever named 
Clancy trained to sniff out mercury vapor that they take to schools both 
for demonstration and testing purposes. (They also have mercury vapor 
meters - I figured I best include that note as well.)

- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Residual Mercury in Schools

Good morning, Jim--

You could try some of the schools in the Great Lakes area. This region is 
a little more sensitized to mercury as an environmental hazard due to the 
fish consumption guidelines (we do love our fish frys), and many people 
fish on the smaller lakes as well for recreation & dinner.

The warnings about how much fish is safe to eat for the various groups of 
the population are on the local news every time they are revised. The 
reports also usually indicate the contaminant responsible foe the 


Beth Shepard / Technical Compliance Specialist
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Re: [DCHAS-L] Residual Mercury in Schools

Monona and colleagues,

I understand and appreciate your point.  I'm hoping that with nearly 
15,000 schools in the country that we'll find a couple with the "fortitude"
 to have a look and see if this is or is not a reasonable concern.  If NYC 
is not interested, we'll try Boston.  ... Jim

James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Chair, ICASE Committee on Safety in Science Education
International Council for Associations of Science Education


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In a message dated 3/25/2011 12:15:59 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 
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The schools are already in a bind due to the finding of excessive levels 
of PCBs in the air from light ballasts, caulks, and other PCB-containing 
building materials.  Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the expense of 
replacing the light ballasts when he already says they will have to lay 
off a few thousand teachers.

I think if you mentioned testing for residual airborne mercury to school 
administrators, they'd reach for the Valium and pitch your letter in the 
round file.


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The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) is considering a project to evaluate 
the presence of residual amounts of mercury in middle, junior, and senior 
high schools.

If there are any schools in the New York City area which would like to 
participate, please contact me to discuss the project. ... Jim

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