In order to scale-up the replacement of mercury-based medical devices around the world, HCWH has put together a guide that systematizes the basic steps in mercury substitution.
New training video on mercury waste in hospitals
New training video on mercury waste in hospital dealing with mercury spills
This video on safe disposal of spilled mercury was produced HCWH's Strategic Partner in South Asia, Toxics Link.
Mercury vapors are toxic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Nevertheless, they do create a shadow when exposed to a short wave ultraviolet light in a fluorescent background.
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