Mercury and the Environment
Mercury in LightingMercury is a naturally ocurring element of the earth. Increasingly, people have become familiar with the environmental and human health impacts associated with mercury and its compounds; however, many are not aware that mercury is an essential component of most energy-efficient lamps.
Mercury in FishMercury is bioaccumulative in the food chain, and there are many species of fish, both fresh and salt water, that contain levels unsafe for human consumption.
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Water IssuesWhen fluorescent lights break in solid waste containers and moisture is present, mercury can leak out and become a water quality issue.
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Common SourcesDo you Work with any of these items that contain mercury?
- Fluorescent Lamps
- Mercury Switches
- Mercury Vapor Lamps
- Thermostat Probes
- Metal Halide Lamps
- High Pressure Sodium Lamps
- Neon Lamps