Are fluorescent light bulbs dangerous?

Even though the amount of mercury is relatively small, fluorescent lights must be disposed of as hazardous waste. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can cause severe damage to the brain, nervous system, kidneys, lungs, and other vital organs. Pregnant women, infants, and young children are especially at risk.

Can you get mercury poisoning from a fluorescent bulb?

The amount of mercury in a CFL is very small, only 4-5 milligrams. This is almost one thousand times less than what was in mercury thermometers! The tiny amount of mercury you’re exposed to when breaking a CFL is extremely unlikely to cause any ill effects, noticeable or otherwise.

Why you shouldn’t use fluorescent lights?

The Bad: Fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury gas (about 4 mg) – which is toxic to our nervous system, lungs and kidneys. So long as bulbs stay intact, the mercury gas is no threat. This means bulbs should be handled properly to avoid breakage.

Can fluorescent lights damage eyes?

Exposure to harsh fluorescent lighting can cause eye strain and blurred vision. The longer you’re exposed to the light, the more likely you’ll experience the problem. Symptoms of eyestrain include sore, burning, watery or dry eyes. Double vision and increased sensitivity to light can also occur.

Why are fluorescent light bulbs a health hazard?

These light bulbs contain mercury, a very toxic element, in vapor form. If a fluorescent bulb is crushed or broken, the mercury vapor can be released and pose a serious health hazard to anyone nearby. Mercury vapor has been proven to lead to certain nervous system disorderers, including manic depression, tremors, ataxia, insomnia, and memory loss.

Are there new regulations for fluorescent light bulbs?

Similarly, OSHA is not imposing a new set of regulations, but has issued a new Quick Card guide, “Avoiding Mercury Exposure From Fluorescent Bulbs.” This alerts employers and employees to the hazards of mercury, and the necessity (and method) of proper cleanup procedures for broken fluorescent bulbs.

How are workers exposed to Mercury from fluorescent bulbs?

Work processes that involve breaking or crushing fluorescent bulbs can expose workers to mercury. Workers who operate drum-top crushing machines or fluorescent bulb recycling machines can be exposed when: Bulbs are accidentally broken outside the machine. The machine’s air filtration system is not working properly.

When did OSHA declare light bulbs a workplace hazard?

OSHA Declares Light Bulbs A Workplace Hazard. OSHA finds fluorescent light bulbs pose health risk to workers (Via EHSToday). August 8, 2012 — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified an unusual workplace hazard—light bulbs, specifically, fluorescent light bulbs.