Remtech has over four decades experience with elemental mercury cleanups and mercury remediations. Mercury remediation methodologies were developed by Remtech's board certified site remediation and hazardous waste management engineers conferred by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Elemental mercury is found in health care, schools, industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. Mercury containing items include: electrical equipment, thermometers, blood-pressure monitors (sphygmomanometers), mercury vapor lights, barometers, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, thermostats, mercury switches, aviation instrumentation, laboratory reagents, flooring with mercury containing catalysts, barometers, coal fired power plant stack emissions, industrial process equipment, bearings, and dental fillings.
Elemental mercury sublimates from a solid to a vapor causing toxic exposure to skin, respiratory system and targets the nervous system, lungs, kidneys, brain, and may damage developing fetuses. Other health effects include irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, and memory problems.
Elemental mercury has no warning properties, is invisible, and heavier than air. Principal concerns are to eliminate ingestion and inhalation of vapors and prevent exposure to infants. Mercury vapor adsorbs to porous materials like carpeting, paper, concrete, vinyl flooring, and combines with metal by amalgamation requiring removal.
Remedial measures include direct capture of elemental mercury with mercury vacuums equipped with mercury traps, conversion of elemental mercury to less toxic mercuric salts with sulfur containing reagents like HGX, using amalgamation agents like Mercsorb to coalesce attract elemental mercury, and thermal desorption.
Recommended elemental mercury cleanup levels are less than 1 ug/cm for residential areas and 3 ug/cm for commercial facilities.
Remtech's mercury remediation programs include:
➢ area evacuation, isolation and ventilation, setup airlocks
➢ shut down HVAC systems
➢ prevention of tracking
➢ lumex meters to measure Hg concentrations in the ng/cm range
➢ direct mercury recovery with mercury vacuums
➢ conversion of elemental mercury to mercuric salts with sulfur compounds like HGX
➢ level C protective gear with mercury rated cartridges
➢ elevating temperature to 85 oF to increase Hg desorption and evaporation
➢ controlled ventilation
➢ recycling and disposal of mercury spill cleanup residues
Mercury Remediation in Medical Facility
MERCURY REMEDIATION & MERCURY CLEANUPS
Mercury Remediation in Kidney Clinic
Lumex Meter Mercury Vapor Sampling
Mercury Remediation in Laboratory Wastewater Lift-station
Conversion of Elemental Mercury to Mercuric Salt with HGX
Air Loc and Negative Air Filtration During Mercury Remediation
Mercury Tracked into Vehicle Cleaned with Mercury Vacuum
mercury spill cleanup