How to handle a broken fluorescent lamp or thermometer containing mercury?
First, air the room in which the lamp or thermometer has been broken -
Next, close the door to the room so that no one can enter it, thus avoiding spreading mercury particles to the remaining rooms in a flat or a house.
Using rubber gloves (protecting against direct skin contact with mercury), collect the pieces of glass from the floor, wipe the floor with wet disposable paper towels and put everything in a tightly closed plastic bag (together with the gloves).
Wash your hands thoroughly and dispose of the bag at a fluorescent lamp collection point.
In case of spilling mercury in a chemical laboratory, collect spilled mercury thoroughly and neutralize its remains by covering them with sulphur, zinc dust or asolution, e.g. 20% iron(III) chloride aqueous solution.