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Compact Fluorescent Clear Up

Clearing up broken compact fluorescent lamps

Compact fluorescent lamps are generally constructed from glass which can break if dropped or roughly handled. Always handle with care, and fit by holding the lamp base - not the glass tube.

Fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury which is highly toxic, so if a lamp breakage does occur please follow the instructions below.

BEFORE CLEAN UP

  1. Ask everyone to leave the room and don't allow anyone to tread through the broken lamp.
  2. Open a window for 15 minutes to allow maximum ventilation, close all doors to other parts of the building and turn off any air conditioning systems.

CLEANING UP FROM HARD SURFACES

  1. Using stiff paper or cardboard, carefully scoop up the glass fragments into a tough container such as a jar with a metal lid.
  2. Use sticky tape to pick up any remaining small pieces of glass and powder.
  3. Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the used towels in the container with the glass.
  4. Once cleared up place all cleanup materials into a waste container outside or protected area.
  5. After disposal wash hands thoroughly.

CLEANING UP FROM CARPETS OR RUGS

  1. Wearing rubber gloves, carefully pick up the glass fragments and place them into a tough container such as a jar with metal lid.
  2. Use sticky tape to pick up any remaining small pieces of glass and powder.
  3. Vacuum the area where the lamp was broken to remove any other fragments.
  4. After cleanup place the rubber gloves in the same container as the broken glass if possible. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner's waste bag if it has one, if not then carefully wipe out the waste container after emptying.
  5. Place all cleanup materials into a waste container outside or protected area.
  6. After disposal wash hands thoroughly.

CLEANING UP FROM BEDDDING OR CLOTHING

  1. If bedding or clothing come into contact with broken glass or mercury containing powder from inside the lamp they should be thrown away.
  2. If the bedding or clothing has come into contact with the mercury vapour (such as the clothing you were wearing) these should be washed as long as they have not come into contact with the broken glass or powder, in which case they should be disposed of.
  3. If shoes have come into contact with the broken glass or mercury containing powder, wipe this off using damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the used towels or wet wipes into a tough container for disposal.
  4. Place all cleanup materials into a waste container outside or protected area.
  5. After disposal wash hands thoroughly.

 

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