OSHA and Your Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Program

There is no issue more important, or more challenging to facility managers than safety within their operations. Did you know that President Obama signed legislation allowing a 150% increase in maximum penalties associated with regulatory citations?  According to Facilities Management Decisions, this could mean that a minor to serious violation could jump from $7,000 to $12,500 in fines, or from $70,000 to $125,000 for repeat of willful violations.

When it comes to handling fluorescent and other mercury containing lighting, there are two risks that must be addressed in your management plan. These lighting wastes are made of glass and easily broken, which introduces the risk of handling shards of glass. Additionally, since fluorescent lighting is under vacuum, they implode and often impact multiple lamps if they are being stored together in one container. More importantly, when a lamp breaks, it releases mercury vapor into the work space which can be a real concern.

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With the Bulb Eater® 3 lamp crushing system, employee safety is at the forefront. The system is designed for crushing spent lamps safely and efficiently into 55-gallon drums.  Mercury vapor testing consistently shows non detectable levels of mercury vapor in the operator’s breathing zone.  Providing comprehensive training on safe machine use is recommended and available online.  The Bulb Eater® 3 Certified Training program is an online, 3-step program covering Bulb Eater® 3 assembly, operations, safety and maintenance. The program includes a training video, training quiz, and certificate of completion. To ensure the safety of facilities managers and their team, the Bulb Eater® 3 is inoperable until key personal have completed this online training program.

Employing a lamp recycling plan that minimizes the handling of spent fluorescent lamps, captures potential emissions, provides recycling reports, and includes a convenient training program is a step in the right direction to surviving OSHA inspections and avoiding penalties for non-compliance.

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