First Call Winston Salem, NC was requested to respond to a small release of mercury in a utility closet at a medical facility. Upon arrival, it was determined that the “small” release consisted of one pound of mercury. An attempt had been made to clean the spill causing it to spread further.

Based upon the new information, additional resources from within the North Carolina region were engaged for the project.

The site management team lead by Ronald Smith and Sean Farley went to work on vapor suppression, identification and collection of the mercury. A mercury vapor analyzer was used to pinpoint hot spots throughout the process. Multiple collection methods were employed due to the spread of the spilled material.

After a final cleaning, the air monitoring detected no remaining mercury present. A final check by Federal agencies confirmed the successful cleaning by the First Call team.

Just another day in the #spilllife for the First Call family.