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“Shedding Light” on Hidden OSHA Issues

September 28, 2012

Employee safety issues can arise from ordinary workplace objects that do not necessarily come to mind when identifying potentially hazardous materials. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has issued new guidance that addresses mercury exposure caused by compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs and other fluorescent bulbs. OSHA now recommends that an employer should: (1) take preventative steps to ameliorate the risk of these bulbs accidentally breaking (including handling them with care, storing them away from work areas, and packaging them in sturdy containers); and (2) safely dispose of broken bulbs (such as airing out the room where a bulb was broken, wearing disposable chemical-resistant gloves, and picking up the broken pieces with stiff paper, cardboard, or a vacuum cleaner specifically designed to collect mercury).

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