Mercury Awareness

Course Length:  1 hour

Course Objective:

  • The purpose of this training is to provide comprehensive information to ensure that everything possible is done in the workplace to prevent or reduce exposure to metallic mercury.

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Course Design:

  • Narrated e-learning modules

Successful Course Completion:

  • Requires successful completion of knowledge assessment.

Course Outline:

  • Management Commitment
    • Illness and injury prevention as a goal
    • Voluntary OSHA compliance
    • Health and safety staff with sufficient:
      • Responsibility Authority
      • Staffing levels Competence
      • Appropriate use of consultants:
        • Privately hired
        • Free consultation
        • Adequate health and safety budget
  • Employee Involvement
    • Joint worker-management health and safety committee
      • Employee training and education
      • Employee access to safety data
  • Hazard Identification
    • Record-keeping and analysis of both accidents and “near-misses”
    • Accident/incident/spill investigation
  • Implementing Controls
    • Short and long-term plans
    • Company health and safety manual of policies and procedures
    • Enforcement of policies and procedures
    • Preventive maintenance
    • Prompt repairs of broken control equipment
  • Isolate/regulate area for where mercury is used:
    • Close doors
    • Restrict entry to essential workers
    • Restrict time in area
    • Control movement of air in work area with properly designed ventilation systems (consult professional industrial hygienist/engineer for design)
  • Control technology/workstation design:
    • Glove box
    • Lab hood
    • Local exhaust ventilation
    • Temperature control below 20oC (68oF)
    • Purchase mercury in containers sized for particular process needs and sized to fit enclosed addition systems
    • Store and transfer mercury-containing items in covered containers
    • Continuous fixed monitor set to alarm at 1⁄2 the acceptable airborne concentration surface sloped to a collection bottle and a lip along the other sides to prevent spillage
    • Impermeable floors (epoxy, polyurethane, vinyl sheeting) that are smooth but not slippery; there should be no wood or carpeted flooring
    • Dark colored floors to aid in visualizing mercury
    • Caulking around table legs and the space where floors meet walls
    • Keep mercury in non-breakable, closed containers
  • Standard written work practices/operating procedures:
    • Job training
    • Spill clean-up procedures
    • Local exhaust ventilation
    • Dilution ventilation
  • Housekeeping equipment and procedures:
    • Daily cleaning of floors, work surfaces, and all hand-contact points, tools, doorknobs, and tabletops
    • Prohibit eating, drinking, and smoking in work areas

Post Training Evaluation:

  • The employer shall ensure that each employee is evaluated to confirm that he/she understands the information provided in the training.

Reference Material / Documents:
1910.134 - Respiratory Protection-See OSHA Publication 3079, Respiratory Protection
1910.132- Chemical Protective Gloves and Clothing- See OSHA Publication 3077, Personal Protective Equipment
1910.1200 - Hazard Communication - See OSHA Publication 3084, Chemical Hazard Communication or PEOSH Hazard Communication, N.J.A.C. 12:100-7
1910.120 - Spill clean-up/emergency response - See OSHA Publication 3088, How To Prepare for Workplace Emergencies
1910.20 - Access to Medical and Monitoring Data - See OSHA Publication 3110, Access to Medical and Exposure Records
1910.1000, Table Z-2- Acceptable Ceiling Concentration for Mercury
1904.1-1904.22- Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses - See OSHA Publication entitled Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

 M&A Safety Services training conforms to OSHA CBT Training standards and ANSI Z490.1. Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training. M&A Safety Services LLC. follows all ANSI training criteria.

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  • Course ID #: E152


Apr 23 2021


7:30 am