[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Cohasset 8-17-2001 (Art. VII, § 39, of the 1988 General Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and implementation of this chapter:
- HEALTH CARE FACILITY
- Any hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, extended care facility, long-term care facility, clinic or medical laboratory, state or private health or mental institution, clinic, physician's office, or health maintenance organization.
- Any person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, governmental entity, organization, combination, or joint venture that produces a mercury thermometer. If the mercury thermometer is produced in a foreign country, the manufacturer is the importer or domestic distributor.
- MERCURY THERMOMETER
- A product, device, instrument or equipment into which elemental mercury or mercury compounds are intentionally added during its formulation or manufacture and that is used to measure body temperature.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the Town of Cohasset to sell or supply, through wholesale, retail, or online retail distribution channels, a mercury thermometer to consumers and patients, except by prescription. No mercury thermometer may be sold through prescription unless the manufacturer thereof shall supply clear instructions in writing to the consumer or patient on the careful handling of the thermometer to avoid breakage and proper cleanup should a breakage occur.
It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture a mercury thermometer in the Town of Cohasset.
It shall be unlawful for any health care facility to import, purchase, or distribute a mercury thermometer in the Town of Cohasset, except in the case of medical necessity as determined by a licensed physician.
Any person who violates this bylaw shall, for each offense, be punished by a fine of not more than $100 per mercury thermometer.
This chapter shall take effect January 1, 2002.