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Re: Mercury silence

Posted By: kevin Brownfield
Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2010, at 11:13 a.m.

In Response To: Mercury silence (midwestfire)

> I just joined a sign company that has a neon
> shop with no ventilation. They often repair
> existing mercury-argon tubes.

> My training was that this is a very bad
> idea, because of the mercury vapor put into
> the air -- particularly with no ventilation
> for the shop.

> After searching on the web and finding
> nothing other than the OSHA PEL regulations,
> I am left wondering if this is something
> that is just not talked about in the
> industry, or if it is such a blatant danger
> that it's common sense and not mentioned,
> just as you wouldn't have to mention the
> dangers of playing in traffic or drinking
> drain cleaner.

> I'd like to be safe, but don't want to
> confront anyone without more information.
> How does one get the proper testing done to
> see if it is safe? Can this be done
> privately, DIY, or does OSHA have to come
> in? Also, the shop floor looks like it
> hasn't been swept in years. Does mercury
> vapor condense onto the floor? Is there
> possibly mercury in the dust as well?

> They seem to take care in the handling of
> the mercury, so apparently there is some
> concern about it. But the boss says that he
> hasn't ever been poisoned in 25 years, has
> his son pump in the same shop, but admits
> that he knows one person that was poisoned
> years ago. So I'm not clear on his concerns
> about the safety in the shop.

> What options would you say I have to proceed
> on this? Thanks.

I to have been there run away its not worth it some people no matter what you show to them about it ,will do nothing and tell you oh i've been here for years and im fine!! or i played with it as a kid and its ok! NO ITS NOT, I have left jobs over this. some benders just dont care
25 plus years bending here, be safe do whats best for you and your family
Kevin in C-Bus

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