Flashcards in MP 204.02 Mercury Releases Deck (16)
What are the three types of mercury?
1. Elemental Mercury
2. Inorganic Mercury
3. Organic Mercury
Where are the most common sources of elemental mercury found?
In blood pressure cuffs, oral and rectal thermometers, and in laboratories.
What are the symptoms of initial toxic exposure to elemental mercury?
Fever, chills, dyspnea, and headache within several hours.
Scientific instruments, electrical equipment, felt making, and the manufacturing of caustic soda and disc batteries found in watches are examples of what kind of mercury?
The acute effects of Inorganic Mercury include:
Burning mouth, sore throat, nausea and vomiting with severe gingivitis.
Common sources of Organic Mercury, the least common of all types, are found in?
Mining, Smelting and Refining Operations.
Symptoms of Organic Mercury exposures are?
Hearing defects and loss of concentration.
In the event of the mercury release at a commercial facility, Command should do the following?
1. Contact the on-site responsible party
2. Determine the amount of mercury released.
3. Determine the mercury source, and if possible, secure the source to prevent further loss.
4. Determine the size of affected area.
Command responsibilities in the event of a mercury release?
3. DENY ENTRY
4. Request, to dispatch, that the fire prevention hazmat specialist and the on-duty special operations personnel respond.
To reduce possibility of contamination to fire department personnel, members shall not?
1. Shall not enter the reported spill area unless for rescue or treatment
2. Shall not attempt to clean up even the smallest amount of mercury released.
3. shall not take possession of mercury.
4. Shall not transport any quantity of mercury.
What are the ONLY exceptions when a fire department member may take possession of mercury?
When a resident brings Mercury to the fire station.
True or False? The fire department shall make appropriate contact for the responsible party for clean up by a contractor?
Do not make contact for the RP so costs are not incurred by the FD for the response or clean up by a contractor.
Do not place suspected items of contamination in a ________ because the contractors cannot accept it.
Mercury release that occurs in a residence, including the interior of apartments is considered ________ and is exempt from clean up requirements.
Household hazardous waste.
When responding to the report of the mercury release in a residence, including the interior of apartments, the fire department shall?
1. Have the Alarm Room page fire prevention and special ops personnel requesting response.
2. Recommend to the homeowner/occupant that no one be allowed to enter the affected area until the hazard has been evaluated.