Italia will soon introduce new regulations to tackle the contamination of mercury thermistors with mercury, as well as the use of mercury in electronic devices.
The move follows a European Union initiative to tackle illegal mercury use in sports products.
The Italian Football Federation (FIG) will announce the new regulations at a press conference on Thursday.
The regulations, which will be implemented over a six-month period, are aimed at preventing mercury from entering the hands of consumers.
The new measures will apply to mercury thermoprocessors, mercury thermores, mercury capacitors and mercury mercury thermolinks.
They will also be applied to mercury heaters and mercury heat-sinks.
The regulation covers all mercury thermostats, mercury caps and mercury capacitors.
The proposed measures include banning the use and marketing of mercury caps for use in thermometers and mercury caps that contain mercury in excess of the limit for mercury in food and beverages.
In addition, the measures will prohibit the use, sale, and marketing by companies and manufacturers of mercury-containing heaters, mercury heat pumps and mercury cooling devices, as those products contain mercury, and are used for purposes other than the protection of human health and the environment.
The aim of the regulation is to combat the use by consumers of mercury heat devices that are not covered by the current European Union regulation, which aims to ban the use in the public domain of mercury thermal devices containing mercury at a level no greater than 0.1 ppm.
According to the FIG, mercury is one of the most common contaminants in food.
It can cause skin irritation and damage to the eyes and respiratory system.
The regulator also intends to prevent the use or sale of mercury capacitance and mercury thermistor caps that are more than 5-percent mercury.