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DPH Sets Mercury Collection Event for Local Health Departments

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 14, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502) 564-6786  

DPH Sets Mercury Collection Event for Local Health Departments

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to become “mercury free” and is broadening its efforts to local health departments (LHDs).

On June 19, DPH officials will hold a collection for LHDs to retrieve all mercury-containing items from their inventories. Both health and environmental safety officials support the move because it dramatically reduces the risk of a mercury-related accident in the workplace.

“We set a goal to become mercury free by 2010 and we are encouraging local health departments to do the same,” said William Hacker, M.D., public health commissioner. “Removing mercury from our local health departments will reduce unfortunate mercury spills, employee and citizen exposures and the costly burden of expensive cleanup after spills occur.”

The LHD collection will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Capital Center Complex off Versailles Road in Frankfort. According to DPH, at least 25 health departments will be turning in old mercury-containing thermometers and blood pressure cuffs for replacement with new, non-mercury equipment. The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC), partners in the cleanup effort, has made arrangements for the safe transport of these items, which are expected to number more than 200.

EPPC will fund the collection of the mercury-containing devices, and DPH will cover the cost of the replacement items. 

For more information about the mercury collection, contact DPH’s Clyde Bolton at (502) 564-7398.



Last Updated 6/14/2007