Fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, in common four-foot tubes it normally contains between 2 and 5 milligrams. When subjected to an electrical field, mercury generates ultraviolet radiation that is converted to light. When broken, mercury vapors may be released into t
Fluorescent light bulbs may be a great alternative for protecting the environment and cost effective for companies and people. When they are crushed or broken they can pose serious health risks to those who are around the fumes and those who have to deal with the cleanup. Mercury can
Compact and tubular fluorescent bulbs contain hazardous metal mercury. Metallic mercury at room temperature is in a liquid form that can easily evaporate from liquid to a vapor. Mercury vapor is colorless and odorless. Fluorescent bulbs contain mainly mercury vapor, but fluorescent bu
Mercury is a naturally occurring element (Hg on the periodic table) that is found in air, water and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. Elemental or metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-whit
How Workers Can Be Exposed -Breathing mercury vapor in the air. -Skin contact with mercury. Health-Effects and Symptoms -Signs of mercury poisoning include tremors; mood, memory or coordination changes; and skin irritation or allergy. -Exposure to mercury can harm unborn children. Pre
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