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Frequently Asked Questions about Light Bulbs
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about ordering from The Lightbulb Company here. If you have a query that isn’t answered here, please get in touch.
- Environmental Protection Act 1990 [EPA]
- Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 [HASAWA]
- Integrated Pollution and Prevention Control Act 1999 [IPPC]
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Heath [COSHH]
- Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Directive [WEEE]
There are further obligations under Duty of Care legislation. All types of fluorescent and discharge lamps are now classified as ‘Hazardous Waste’ in line with the new WEEE Directive. In order to comply with this legislation, businesses must manage the disposal / recycling of their hazardous lamps in a responsible manner to satisfy the statutory responsibility for the health and safety of employees at work and the impact upon the environment of the business. This includes a duty of care for users of lamps and tubes to take all reasonable steps to look after this waste and prevent its illegal disposal. Most fluorescent lamps contain potentially harmful substances – especially mercury, lead and cadmium, which can be absorbed through inhalation or skin contact. Other lamps contain sodium which reacts with water (which may be present in the air) to produce potentially explosive or flammable gases. As well as the injury hazard of glass from broken tubes, the contents – in the form of dust and chemicals – must also be treated as a potential hazard. Please contact us for more details of our lamp disposal service. Alternatively, you can download our lamp disposal brochure here. or View the LIF official statement regarding the Handling and the Disposal of lamps.