Products and Devices that contain Mercury
A person cannot sell or distribute for promotional purposes, in California, certain types of new or refurbished products and devices that contain mercury.
When mercury is released into the environment, it can be converted to methyl mercury by aquatic bacteria. Methyl mercury is a highly toxic compound that does not break down. Once introduced into the ground and water supply, mercury accumulates in living tissue through the aquatic food chain and can severely affect the health of humans and wildlife.
Products such as thermostats and thermometers, as well as smaller devices, including mercury switches and relays found in appliances and manufacturing equipment, contain a significant amount of mercury.
Concluding that it was critical to eliminate the use of mercury in those products where alternatives existed, the California State Legislature enacted Assembly Bill (AB) 1415.This law can be found in Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.5; Mercury-Added Thermostats, Relays, Switches, and Measuring Devices (Sections 25214.8.1-25214.8.6).
AB 1415 prohibits a person from selling the following new or refurbished mercury-added products in California:
AB 1415 also exempts certain products and devices from mercury restrictions. The following mercury-containing products and devices can be sold in California: