Personal Protective Equipmentโ€™s for UV Germicidal Lights

16 May 2020

Appropriate Personal Protective Equipments for UV Germicidal lights includes eyewear, face shields, gloves, and lab coats. 
Eyewear 
Use eyewear that is appropriate for the work. Special safety glasses are available in different UV ranges. For best UV protection, the eyewear should be compliant with ANSI Z87.1 and should have a UV filter marking, U, followed by a number on a scale from 2 to 6. 
Face shield
UV-absorbing full face shields should be worn in addition to safety glasses and goggles (goggles may not provide sufficient face protection). Critical skin burns can happen in a very short time, especially under the chin (which is often left exposed). 
Gloves 
Wear nitrile, latex, or tightly woven fabric gloves to protect against the significant amounts of UV-A and UV-B that may pass through to the skin, these types of gloves have low transmission of UV compared to vinyl gloves. Gloves should protect person from UV light, as well as from the hazard of the activity being performed. 
Lab coat 
Person should wear lab coats that fasten securely at the wrists and up the neck so that no skin is exposed. Burns to wrists and neck are not uncommon.
PPE must be either readily available and cleaned between users or personally allocated to each user. Eye and face protection should examine either regularly or before each use of damage or defects such as cracks, crazing, or bleaching, and replaced when necessary. Note that Personal Protective Equipment may need to serve multiple purposes, such as protecting against both UV and chemical splashes.

Cleaning Up a Broken Lamp 

โ€ข If lamps are broken, refresh the area where the breakage occurred. Take the usual precautions for collecting broken glass. Clean up with a mercury vacuum cleaner or with other suitable things means that avoids generating dust and mercury vapor. Do not use a standard vacuum cleaner. Place collected materials in a closed container. 
โ€ข After handling broken lamps, remove protective clothing and thoroughout wash hands before eating, smoking, or using toilet facilities. 
โ€ข Contact your waste supporting assistant for assistance with the disposal of spent and broken lamps.