More OT: Shipping Mercury

From: Richard A. Cini <>
Date: Sat Sep 11 12:23:11 2004


        I don't know about the atmospheric issues. However, Mercury and Mercury
compounds are considered to be highly toxic (through atomization or
absorption through the skin) and might be regulated in different countries.
I would ship the thermometers by ground and pack them in rigid containers
within other packaging.

        Here's a link I found on the Lawrence Livermore National Labs site about
the safe handling of Mercury.

        Here is the Google search link:


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Roger Merchberger
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2004 12:36 PM
Subject: More OT: Shipping Mercury

Well, with everyone here having Mercury on the Brain syndrome lately
(thanks again Sellam! ;-) ) I have a question about shipping it, possibly

I have 3 old (but not *quite* antique) heavy-duty thermometers that use
mercury as it's internal sensing liquid. (I have *no* idea if there's a
technical term for that...)

I've gotten on a "empty the house so I can actually walk through it without
stubbing my toes on crap" kick, so I've been epaying just about everything
in sight[1], and I was thinking of epaying these, too.

I have 2 questions:

1) I normally offer shipping to the US, Canada & Western Europe - anyone
know what kind of restrictions there are on shipping mercury, even if it is
very well enclosed (I'm talking about the thermometer, but I was planning
on taking extra precautions packing them as well)?

2) Do thermometers suffer badly in a decompressed atmosphere? Can I ship
these airmail, or do they have to be ground/boat shipped?

Thanks one and all!
Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   | JC: "Like those people in Celeronville!"
sysadmin, Iceberg Computers | Me: "Don't you mean Silicon Valley???"          | JC: "Yea, that's the place!"
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