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What to do if a lamp containing Mercury breaks...
Before You Clean Up
- Have people and pets leave the room.
- Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
- Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
- Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:
- stiff paper or cardboard;
- sticky tape;
- damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and
- a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.
- DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
- Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag. See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
- Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
- Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a rubbish bin or protected area until materials can be disposed of. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
- Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
- If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours
What is Part P?Electricity can be dangerous and more than a dozen people die through electrocution each year and a further 750 suffer serious injury. For this reason the Government introduced new legislation on 1st January 2005 through Part P of the Building Regulations.
Part P requires that electrical installation work must comply with BS 7671:2001 (The Wiring Regulations). Failure to comply with the requirement of Part P is a criminal offence. It also requires that all but the simplest of electrical installation work must either:
- be carried out by an electrician who is registered with a Part P competent person self-certification scheme.
- be notified to a building control authority prior to commencement of the work and be inspected, tested and certified following completion.
Symbols and their meanings
REACH DeclarationThe REACH regulations entered into force on 1st June 2007. Regarding human health, and environment, the target is to manufacture, and to use only safe substances inside the EU. All declared substances and preparations manufactured, or imported that exceed one Tonne per calendar year require testing and analysis for potential risk.
Neither our suppliers, nor GreenBrook manufacture or import substances that are currently in the scope of the REACH regulations.
What is Maintained/Non-Maintained Luminaire?Choosing Maintained or Non-Maintained Luminaires is completely the decision of the individual depending on the premises it is to be used in.
Maintained Emergency Luminaire - is a luminaire which is powered at all times, this would usually be found in places like cinemas, theatres and clubs, this then prevents complete darkness when the main lights are off or dimmed.
Non-Maintained Emergency Luminaire - is a luminaire which only comes on when the normal lighting fails, this is usually used in the workplace or shops where normal lighting is used while the premises are occupied.
What is the RoHS Directive?
It is permissible to sell products produced before 1st July 2006 without showing compliance, but product manufactured after this date will need to meet the RoHS requirements.
What is the WEEE Directive?The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) came into force in January 2007. It aims to reduce the amount of waste and get everyone to reuse and recycle. The Directive also aims to help businesses that manufacture improve their environmental performance supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
When disposing of electrical items and its packaging please follow local regulations and use an appropriate waste disposal centre.