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Broken Mercury Thermometers

Laboratory thermometers contain between 1 and 3 grams of mercury. It is best to replace your mercury thermometers with non-mercury thermometers. The university has a free thermometer exchange program.

Broken thermometers can result in exposures to vapors that over time may have health effects. Exposure to mercury vapors may cause damage to the nervous system, kidney or liver. In order to limit your exposure, follow these guidelines for broken thermometers:

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