In Case of Emergency: Dial 911
MCC Police Department
Campus Phone: 1200
Other Phone: 816.604.1200
City Police Department: 911
Fire Department: 911
Environmental Health & Safety
SDS for Emergencies contact
604.1124 or 604.1370
NOTE: Respiratory protection should not be worn during any spill cleanup. If respiratory protection is required, then MCC will contract the cleanup.
- All response procedures shall be performed with the buddy system. Put on the appropriate
personnel protective equipment (PPE). Always check PPE for tears or damage before
Safety glasses: Mandatory for all mercury clean-up.
Gloves: Mandatory for all mercury clean-up.
Open mercury spill kit and collect any mercury pools with a pipette and place in a plastic bag. After all the mercury is collected, place plastic bag in a plastic container. Hold a flash light at an angle to the surface to determine the extent of the spill. The beads will reflect light from the flash light. Check a large area around the spill and pay special attention to surface cracks, crevices and other hard to reach areas.
If there are any sharp objects or broken glass, remove objects with tongs or dust pan and place in a ridged sealable container/sturdy cardboard box.
From kit, place absorbent powder on mercury area. All liquid material should be completely absorbed into powder.
Remove powder with broom and dustpan and place in the ridged sealable container/sturdy cardboard box.
Wipe down the contaminated area with a mercury sponge. Repeat the wipe down again with a mercury wipe on contaminated area.
If the area was on carpet, a carpet segment must be removed. Remove the carpet 1 foot beyond the visible mercury spill. Do not cut the carpet into smaller pieces and do not cut in the area where the mercury was spilled. Place the carpet in a trash bag or wrap in plastic sheeting and tape generously.
After all contamination is collected and placed in the ridged plastic container/sturdy cardboard box, tape it closed and place in the trash bag.
Do not try to decontaminate any equipment. Place all disposable clean-up material in trash bag.
Remove PPE with caution, making sure gloves are removed last. Dispose of into trash bag and double bag all waste. Mark and date bag with a "Hazardous Waste" label. Transport to lab storage or facilities storage area for bi-annual hazardous waste pick-up for disposal.
Wash hands and notify your Supervisor that a Mercury Spill Kit was used for a clean-up and the exact location of the double bagged waste.
- Supervisors should replace any disposable equipment after each clean-up.