Q&A

Do neon tubes contain mercury?

Do neon tubes contain mercury?

Red neon lights do not contain mercury. Almost every other “neon light” color uses argon, mercury, and phosphor, in addition to other noble gases.

Are fluorescent tubes 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.

How much mercury is in a fluorescent tube?

A typical fluorescent bulb discarded today is likely to contain an average of approximately 20 mg mercury.

What happens if a tube light breaks?

CFLs and the other light bulbs listed above contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury may be released as mercury vapor.

What should you wear when handling liquid mercury?

Chemical goggles or a face shield MUST be worn when handling liquid mercury. Safety glasses are sufficient when handling solid mercury-containing organic/inorganic compounds or materials. d) Gloves Always consult the manufacturer’s glove selection guide when selecting gloves for working with mercury.

How to safely store and dispose of mercury?

Place kitty litter or oil-absorbent matter around the product to protect it from breaking or sudden shocks. Clearly label storage container as “Mercury – DO NOT OPEN.” If you must wait for a hazardous waste collection day, store products safely in their original containers with the labels intact, and keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Why are fluorescent tubes bad for the environment?

Fluorescent tubes serve as an energy-efficient alternative to incandescent light bulbs, but they contain low levels of toxic mercury which can be released into the air or water if the tubes are broken. That can lead to short-term health risk for exposed individuals and lasting environmental damage…

What kind of training do you need to handle Mercury?

a) Training Students and employees who handle mercury must have read the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and receive training on the hazards of mercury from their respective department. They must know what to do in the event of a spill or an exposure incident.