Mercury Testing & Analysis in Materials

What is mercury?

At BLC we are specialists in Mercury Testing and Analysis. Mercury is a heavy metal, sometimes known as quicksilver, which occurs naturally in the environment in different chemical forms. Mercury is used in many household products such as thermometers, thermostats, barometers, and switches, including those found in irons, washing machines, and top-loading freezers. Some lighted athletic shoes, paints and pigments, biocides and pesticides also contain mercury.

The risks…

Mercury does not degrade and is not destroyed by combustion. It can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested and accumulates in tissue. It is toxic and can endanger living organisms. Exposure to mercury can produce adverse health effects to humans such as immune system dysfunctions, vision, speech and hearing impairment, and in extreme cases even death.

Why you need mercury testing and analysis…

The European Union has made considerable progress in addressing the global challenges of mercury since it launched the EU mercury strategy in 2005. This has resulted in restrictions on the sale of measuring devices containing mercury, a ban on exports of mercury from the EU that will come into force in 2011 and new rules on safe storage.

The EU’s mercury strategy is a comprehensive plan addressing mercury pollution both in the EU and globally. It contains 20 measures to reduce mercury emissions, cut supply and demand and protect against exposure, especially to methylmercury found in fish.

Mercury is a global pollutant and as such a specific mercury programme has been established in order to encourage all countries to adopt goals and take action, as appropriate, in order to identify vulnerable populations, minimise exposure through outreach efforts, and reduce human-generated mercury releases.

Mercury is controlled within migration of elements testing (EN71-3) and is a common brand specified test.

Why choose BLC to conduct your mercury testing and analysis?

  • One of the fastest mercury testing and analysis laboratories in Europe
  • Experts in mercury testing and analysis as well as many other chemical tests and compliance knowledge, with over 90 years experience
  • Technical support and guidance if and when failures occur
  • Solutions to cleanse and reduce toxic chemicals from your supply chain
  • Expert advice and solutions on legislation and supply chain compliance
  • Access to chemical supply chain specifications