Handling precautions with the use of UV Lamps
- Working with unprotected gears can cause injury, so ALWAYS use a PPE kit.
- Do not use a lamp near any material that has the possibility to catch fire and burn easily.
- Do not touch the lamp while it's ON and let the lamp cool for some time.
- Fingerprints weaken the lamp envelope, and this may lead to an explosion, therefore avoid touching or scratching the glass of the lamp.
- Place the lamp in the provided protective case after use.
- Replace the lamp when it reaches its maximum lifetime limit. An old lamp is likely to explode and should be replaced.
- Strongly recommend following the local rules and safety standards for the disposal process of used UV lamps.
Important note regarding the safe use of UV Lamps
- Recommended to use the UV Lamp in remote areas only, to avoid its exposure to other personnel.
- In the vicinity of functioning UV Lamps, working with unprotected gears can cause injury, so ALWAYS use a PPE kit.
- Be aware of Warning signs, Protective equipment, and Symptoms of UV exposure.
- Keep the distance from UV lamps as far as possible and exposure time as minimum as possible. It is not advisable to look directly at any UV source irrespective of distance.
- In case of exposure to the high-power UV light above 230 nm wavelength, better to visit nearby medical doctor.
Risks involved with the use of UV Lamps
- Always handle with care as the Arc lamps used with solar simulators contain high-pressure gas. Always use cotton gloves for handling the lamp and avoid touching or scratching the glass of the lamp. Such fingerprints may weaken the lamp envelope which may lead to the unexpected explosion. It is highly recommended, if any fingerprints remain, then it should be wiped off, with isopropyl alcohol and dry it with a clean soft tissue.
- Install the lamp with the proper polarity of electrical connections. Do not stress the glass parts when tightening electrical connections.
- Replace the lamp when it reaches its lifetime limit. An old lamp is likely to explode and should be replaced. Strongly recommended to follow the local rules and safety standards for the disposal process of used UV lamps or broken lamps.
Mercury (Hg) contamination
- Mercury contamination can occur if a UV lamp breaks or explodes. Consult with the industrial hygienist on proper handling of mercury contaminations. Also consult with nearby medical doctor for medical examination.
- The lamp reaches very high temperatures during its normal operation and can cause severe burns if touched. After switching off the UV Lamp, let the lamp cool down at least for 15 minutes.
Top 10 Chemicals as a Health Concerns (Hazardous/poisonous) were declared by World Health Organization. Such top 10 Chemicals also includes the use of UV lamps containing mercury (Hg) vapours. Therefore, making it necessary to take special care and to ensure not to break or leak the UV lamps at any stage. Therefore, the local rules and safety standard should be strictly followed to dispose the broken or used Hg-based UV Lamps.