09/03/2012

Protecting workers from mercury exposure in fluorescent bulbs: New educational resources available

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has issued new educational resources to help protect workers from
mercury exposure. Fluorescent bulbs can release mercury and may expose workers
when they are broken accidentally or crushed as part of the routine disposal or
recycling process. The nervous system and kidneys are sensitive to mercury
exposures. Mercury can also harm unborn children. Health effects of mercury
depend upon exposure route, duration and level of exposure.

A new fact sheet (PDF*) explains how workers may be exposed, what kinds of
engineering controls and personal protective equipment they need, and how to
use these controls and equipment properly.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration