|Switch Removal Guide||1012 KB|
|List of vehicles that may contain mercury convenience lighting switches||120 KB|
|List of vehicles that contain mercury ABS sensor modules||100 KB|
|Detailed removal instructions for mercury convenience light switches||208 KB|
|Detailed removal instructions for mercury ABS sensor modules for specific vehicle types||176 KB|
|Zero mercury scrap purchasing policy brochure||580 KB|
|Examples of what to include in Switch Out collection containers||1.2 MB|
|Switch Out Mercury Clean Up Instructions||112 KB|
|Switch Removal Quick Reference Poster||1.7 MB|
|Switch removal demonstrations are available on the Video page|
If a mercury-containing glass convenience light switch breaks in your facility, use the following procedure for clean-up.
Because most of the mercury contained in convenience light switches and ABS sensor modules is encased in metal capsules, the potential for a mercury spill to occur during switch collection is very low. However, precautions should still be noted when handling any potentially dangerous material.
All mercury spills should be cleaned up immediately. In general, small mercury spills on hard, non-porous surfaces can be cleaned up with paper towels and duct tape, and by ensuring that all material used during clean-up is sealed in a double plastic bag. This bag must then be disposed of properly, as directed by the municipal waste authority. Mercury spill kits are available at laboratory safety supply stores.
For information about cleaning up mercury spills from other products (i.e., compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or thermometers), visit www.epa.gov/mercury/spills or www.ec.gc.ca/mercure-mercury/default.asp?lang=En&n=D2B2AD47-1.