AN ACT REGULATING THE SALE OF MERCURY THERMOMETERS.
Whereas , The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its
purpose, which is forthwith to protect the water supply and the public health
by regulating the sale of mercury thermometers, therefore it is hereby declared
to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public
health and convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1.Chapter 270
of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 24. No person shall sell or supply, including online, retail
fever thermometers, except
in the case of a medical necessity as determined by
licensed physician or by prescription. Manufacturers of mercury fever
thermometers sold or supplied in the commonwealth in such cases of medical
shall furnish clear instructions on the careful handling of thermometers to
breakage and proper cleanup should a breakage occur. This section shall not
apply to digital thermometers using mercury-added button cell batteries. A
violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.
Section 1 shall not prevent the depleting of a retailer's
current inventory on the effective date of this act.