New research shows that indoor Compact Fluorescent light bulbs can be harmful to your skin. They can cause wrinkles and more frightening, cancer!
You may remember the fact that when Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFB) were first placed on the market, we were advised that they contained toxic Mercury and are hazardous if broken. That didn’t stop Congress from succumbing to the Green Movement and writing legislation that will outlaw common inexpensive light bulbs in favor of CFB’s whose packaging contains a Hazard Warning.
Not only do CFB’s contain toxic Mercury that is extremely hazardous to our children, and now to our skin, but CFBs cost lots more, and the legislation outlawing standard light bulbs caused the cloture of the last standard light bulb manufacturing plant in the US along with its jobs.
If you were to break a CFB here is how the EPA reccommends that you clean it up:
The Following Instrustions are From: http://epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html
- 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 trash container 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.
Eco-friendly light bulbs may be hazardous to skin
Published August 07, 2012
New research shows an indoor source of lighting could be harmful to your skin: eco-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs, HealthDay reported.
Scientists from the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University in New York said chipping or cracking in the bulb’s phosphor surface coating allows for ultraviolet rays to escape.
Many bulbs “have cracks in the phosphor coating, probably due to the fact that the coating is brittle and has trouble making the tight bends required to make these bulbs compact,” explained the study’s lead author Miriam Rafailovich. “As a result, we observed, by eye, defects in nearly all the bulbs that we studied.”
Many Americans have transitioned from older incandescent bulbs to CFL bulbs in order to conserve energy.
Rafailovich said skin cells exposed to these UV emissions showed the same amount of damage as skin cells exposed to UV light when placed less than one foot away from the CFL bulb, according to HealthDay.
The study was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and can be found in the recent issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology