REHS manages a mercury thermometer exchange program. Utilizing this program, researchers can exchange existing mercury thermometers with less hazardous alcohol thermometers, at no cost to the researcher.

Currently, we exchange Fischerbrand "Blue-Spirit, Ever-Safe" Laboratory Thermometers. Partial Immersion (76mm) with a range of -20 degrees to +150 degrees Celsius. (Fischer Scientific Part # 15-160-22)

The following are the benefits of this program:

  • Elimination of laboratory "down time" due to mercury spill cleanups
  • Reduction of mercury thermometer spill clean-up waste generated
  • Cost reductions associated with mercury spill kits, clean-up hours, and disposal costs

This program was implemented in 1999, since that time REHS has distributed over 3500 alcohol thermometers throughout the University.

The program consists of the following easy steps:

  • Contact REHS by phone at (848) 445-2550 to request a mercury thermometer exchange
  • REHS will deliver the new alcohol thermometers to your lab and pick up the old mercury thermometers

Researchers are encouraged to participate in this program