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EPA's Database on Mercury-Containing Products and Alternatives

Latest Version: 08-18-2008

If you have downloaded an earlier version, you will need to re-download to access the latest version.

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EPA encourages informational updates or corrections at any time. The database will be updated frequently in 2008 after its launch. After that the database will be updated annually.


Listing a product in this EPA database does not signify EPA's endorsement of the product. No specific product in this database has been evaluated by EPA regarding its efficacy, environmental benefit or relative cost.

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Why a Database for Alternatives to Products Containing Mercury?

Many consumer and commercial products contain elemental, metallic mercury. Some products, such as mercury thermometers, can easily break and spill liquid mercury, potentially causing people nearby to be exposed to mercury vapor, which is odorless, colorless and toxic. Depending on the amount of exposure, mercury vapor absorbed through the lungs may result in adverse health effects, including damage to the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system or kidneys. Anyone concerned about their potential exposure to metallic mercury (liquid or vapor) should consult a physician.

Mercury leaks or spills can be prevented through the safe management and recycling of mercury-containing products at the end of their useful lives. However the optimal way of preventing exposure to elemental mercury is to reduce the use of mercury-containing products by using alternatives whenever possible. In most cases, non-mercury alternatives exist for mercury-containing products.

Because EPA encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to use non-mercury alternatives whenever possible, it has created a searchable database that contains publicly-available information on products that contain mercury and non-mercury alternatives.

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Database Content and Scope

The database contains information on:

Whenever possible, information is also provided on:

Scope of the database information:

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How to Download the Database

This Windows database is designed to be downloaded from this Web page to operate on an individual computer. Because it is not a Web-based database, the downloaded version will not update information automatically. You will therefore need to visit this Web page to see the date of the latest revision, and to download the database again to access the latest version.

The downloading process will take only a few minutes. Once the database is downloaded to your computer, you can then explore the database at your leisure without needing to be connected to the Internet.

There are two choices for downloading the database. Choose the one most appropriate to you.

Windows Version (28.44 MB): Choose this version if your computer uses Windows software. This version may not be accessible for all screen readers.

Steps for downloading:

HTML Version (6.53 MB): Choose this version if your computer uses Mac, Linux or another type of software, or if you are using a screen reader.

Steps for downloading:

To access the most up-to-date version: EPA updates this database annually, and you will need to again download either the Windows or HTML version.

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Database Sources of Information on Mercury Products

The primary source of information on mercury-containing products is the "Mercury-added Products Database," Exit EPA Disclaimer which is maintained by the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC), Exit EPA Disclaimer a program of the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA). Exit EPA Disclaimer The IMERC products database contains data submitted by manufacturers and distributors on mercury-added products sold in states that require such reporting. As of 2008, there are eight states that have enacted these requirements: Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Regulations in these states require manufacturers or distributors to submit data on the national mercury use in their products, and to provide data updates every three years, starting in 2001.

EPA supplements the information from the IMERC Mercury-added Products Database with publicly-available information on non-mercury alternatives, and information on additional mercury-containing products that are not sold in some of the eight states that provide data to IMERC due to legal restrictions in those states.

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Database Sources of Information on Non-Mercury Alternatives

EPA uses publicly-available information sources, including industry associations, non-governmental organizations, numerous Web sites, and published reports. Primary information sources for the database include the following Web sites and documents:

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How to Send New Information and Comments to EPA

EPA will update this database annually to include any new information available on mercury containing-products and alternatives. We welcome submission of new information, updates and corrections at any time. Submission of information can be made via e-mail by filling in the blocks below.

EPA is also interested in receiving comments on the usefulness and ease of use of this database. While we cannot offer individual home computer technical assistance, we are interested in hearing about any technical difficulties you might encounter in attempting to view or download the database.

You can also provide new information or comments by telephone or mail.

Comment by telephone or mail

By telephone:
(202) 564-8770

By mail:
US Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Economics, Exposure and Technology Division
Mail Code 7406-M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460

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