Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:42:27 -0500
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From: "Amell, Diane (DLI)" <diane.amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Subject: Re: Residual Mercury in Schools
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Not sure, but I'll see if I can find out. I know he gets regular mercury bl
ood checks and I don't think he's had a problem yet. He actually was a "pou
nd puppy".

- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

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

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 C
lancy 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 fi
sh 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 t
he population are on the local news every time they are revised. The report
s also usually indicate the contaminant responsible foe the guideline.


Beth Shepard / Technical Compliance Specialist
Regulatory Compliance
6000 N. Teutonia Ave. / Milwaukee, WI 53209 / USA
P: (414) 438-3850, x5471

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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 ha
ve 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, LISTSERV**At_Symbol_Here** writes:

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 buil
ding materials.  Mayor Bloomberg is concerned about the expense of replacin
g the light ballasts when he already says they will have to lay off a few t
housand teachers.

I think if you mentioned testing for residual airborne mercury to school ad
ministrators, they'd reach for the Valium and pitch your letter in the roun
d 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 h
igh schools.

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

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