EPA Fluorescent-Light Bulbs
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WARNING
LIGHT BULB HAZARDS: FLUORESCENT, CFLs, LEDs & Others
Mercury is a natural element that has many uses. However, mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and causes a variety of adverse health effects due to exposure. Those who are at most risk from mercury exposure are pregnant women and developing children. These types of light bulbs also contain arsenic, lead, and older ballasts release PCBs.
It is Illegal to Discard Fluorescent Light Tubes / Lamps in the Trash According to the California EPA!
“A fluorescent light tube in your dumpster is a violation of the hazardous waste laws. Violation of these laws can result in large fines and criminal prosecution. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury and become hazardous wastes when they no longer work. Mercury poses especially serious hazards to pregnant women and small children. Nonworking tubes must be recycled by an authorized recycling firm and cannot be discarded in the trash…”
EPA INFORMATION on Fluorescent tubes and bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps:
These types “…Include Fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, high intensity discharge (HID), metal halide, sodium and neon bulbs. These lights contain mercury vapor that may be released to the environment when they are broken. Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause harm to people and animals including nerve damage and birth defects. If mercury is released into the environment it can contaminate the air we breathe and enter streams, rivers and the ocean, where it can contaminate fish that people eat.
When a fluorescent or other type of energy efficient light bulb breaks please refer to the following guidelines found on this website which include but are not limited to the following:
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate the area for at least 15 minutes.
- Turn off your AC/Fan/Heater so as not to circulate any mercury vapor.
- Young children and pregnant women should leave the area during cleanup.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as a dust mask and gloves to keep bulb dust and glass from being inhaled or contacting your skin.
- Carefully remove the larger pieces and place them in a secure closed container. Next, begin collecting the smaller pieces and dust.
- It is recommended that you use two stiff pieces of paper such as index cards or one of the many commercial mercury spill kits available.
- Put all material into a sealed container.
- Pat the area with the sticky side of duct, packing or masking tape.
- Wipe the area with a damp cloth.
- Put all waste and materials used to clean up the bulb in a secure closed container and label it "Universal Waste - broken lamp".
- Take the container for recycling to the household hazardous waste facility nearest to your location.
This Section of the Agriculture Defense Coalition Website gives the public information on the hazards of new types of light bulbs that are finding their way into our homes, businesses, and schools.
The documentation below is from the EPA, studies, government documents, legislation, and other information which everyone will need to protect our environment, our homes, and our health.
The U.S. Government has decided to ban incandescent light bulbs and they will be totally removed from sale in the U.S. in 2012. A whole new range of light bulbs from China and other foreign countries will be sold here without the benefit of quality controls that would be required if these light bulbs were manufactured in the United States.
Our government has also placed every home, school, and business with requirements to use this type of lighting without providing proper warning labels in large print on their containers. Locla and state govenment agencies should also provide free hazmat recycling of broken and burned out bulbs.
All emergency personnel, firemen, ambulance drivers, hospitals, police, and other workers should be trained and quipped to handle light bulb hazmat emergencies that will arise due to the usage of these types of light bulbs...these include, but are not limited to fires, broken bulbs, and disposal.
See the PDF Files below for more information on these types of light bubls. It is important that we are informed and know what to do in case of fire, broken bulbs, and disposal of these new types of light bulbs.
EPA & California Department of Toxic Substances Control Final Report on Mercury August 2002
Note: Energy Efficient Light Bulb Hazards include Mercury, Arsenic, Lead & Possible PCBs in older ballasts.
See California EPA Website for more information: http://www.calepa.ca.gov
PRESS RELEASE - May 31, 2001 World Health Organization
"...IARC CLASSIFIES RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AS POSSIBLY CARCINOGENIC TO HUMANS - Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 - The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer1, associated with wireless phone use. Background Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices. The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at 5 billion globally..." Study