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    Silly but serious question about a broken lamp

    I've suddenly become really paranoid. In front of me is a projector that contains a shattered bulb. It's suddenly dawned on me that lamps contain mercury. Now, am i alright to be messing around with this?

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    It's a tiny amount of mercury, but you probably shouldn't expose yourself to it unneccessarily. Get the lamp out and a new one in, but don't stress.

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    When it went bang they should have evacuated the room but you are ok now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    When it went bang they should have evacuated the room but you are ok now.

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    lol! I wasnt working here then so god knows what happened.

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    I tend to take them outside to do a change if that happens, and give them a dust out with a paintbrush.

    Well ventilated then..heh.

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    Mercury evaporates at room temperature so as long as it has been in a well ventilated area for a while the vast majority of the mercury should already be gone. If there was still lots present like an old style thermometer broke or something you should be doing it in a very well ventilated area with rubber gloves.

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    lol when thermometers broke when i was in school no-one was evacuated or anything, no-one really cared

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