From: Jeffrey Lewin <jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Marketing the Conversion to Non-Hg Thermometers
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:13:56 -0500
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While no specific performance data are presented here, this NIST article might be useful.

Page 10 of this WHO document discusses accuracy in the medical community; also see citations 18 and 19.
Both documents above indicated the most accurate measuring devices are digital thermometers.


Jeff Lewin
Biological Sciences
Michigan Tech University

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Dan Blunk <blunk**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


I'm looking for comparison data / recommendations I might use to assuage academic researcher anxiety with respect to swapping their mercury thermometers for spirit thermometers.

Reluctance to give up Hg thermometers is often rationalized by claiming spirit thermometers aren't as accurate or aren't appropriate for as many applications as a mercury-filled thermometer.

I would appreciate suggestions on where I might find performance-based support for spirit-filled thermometers.

I have information regarding comparisons of potential exposure health risk, spill clean-up expense and environmental contamination.

Thanks for your help in finding performance-based support for using spirit filled thermometers rather than mercury filled thermometers,



Dan Blunk PhD, REA 831.459.3541

Environmental Programs Manager

Environmental Health & Safety Office

University of California Santa Cruz

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