There are a number of ways to test which surfaces in your operatory might be accumulating and off gassing mercury. We offer a week long rental of a Mercury Tracker 3000, a portable mercury vapor analyzer from Mercury Instruments USA. With this portable measuring device, one can go to various points through-out their office to test for mercury vapor levels. The Mercury Tracker 3000 will display real time results of mercury levels.
Be aware that while mercury vapor is heavier than air it is still very easy to move around. Where mercury vapor resides is influenced by air flow, such as the opening and closing of doors and even walking through a room. We recommend donning your PPE and respirator while measuring for mercury contamination.
|Mercury Tracker 3000XS - Portable Mercury Vapor Analyzer ONE WEEK RENTAL||$699.00|
ONE WEEK RENTAL of a Mercury Tracker 3000XS portable mercury detection system which is a lightweight, compact and rugged instrument for measuring the mercury concentration in air and other gases. Product rental ships only to continental United States in a hard shell pelican case with extra batteries and accessories.
Additionally, we also offer Mercury Surface Wipes to detect mercury contamination from particulate matter that has settled onto floors, counter tops and equipment (such as the extended hose of the oral aerosol vacuum). The Mercury Surface Wipe will change color depending upon the amount of mercury it picks up. You can compare the color on the mercury wipe to the corresponding color on the Mercury Color Comparator, which has a color dial to indicate the mercury level. Ideally a dentist would use only one Mercury Surface Wipe per surface to get an accurate level from that specific surface.
|Mercury Color Comparator||$55.00|
After using the Mercury Surface Wipes, use the Mercury Color Comparator to quantify the mass of mercury collected on the Mercury Surface Wipe
After finding where mercury has accumulated, it is important to wipe your dental equipment, counter tops and surfaces with a mercury decontaminant. This should be done roughly 10 – 15 minutes after the amalgam removal. As that is approximately how long the cloud of mercury particulate will take to settle onto surfaces. Respirators, PPE and thick nitrile gloves should be worn when using Mercury Wipes to clean up mercury particulate.
|Mercury Particulate Clean-up Wipes -30 per bottle|$30.00 – or subscribe and get up to 10% off
Eliminate dangerous mercury residue from surfaces, hands and tools. Mercury Particulate Clean-up Wipes help suppress hazardous vapors. 30 per bottle.
|8 mil Nitrile Gloves, Disposable, Lightly Powdered, 9.5" Long, Blue - 50/box||$14.00|
SHOWA N-DEX 8 Mil, 9.5″ Long, Disposable, Lightly Powdered, Nitrile Exam Gloves, Blue, Box of 50 Gloves
One should endeavor to follow all city, state and federals laws regarding the disposal of mercury. When using the Mercury Wipes the mercury is bound to proprietary ingredient of the mercury wipe.
Also, please be aware that any disposable items used during amalgam removal will be contaminated with mercury and will continue to off gas, so make sure those items are in a sealed container.
We’d like to hear of your experiences with identifying and cleaning mercury that has escaped collection or if you have any questions, please leave a comment below.