Safety Coated Fluorescent Bulbs

When a normal fluorescent bulb is broken it can expose employees, food products and equipment to broken glass, phosphors and other chemicals that the bulb contains. This can result in extensive clean-up, and requires careful handling of the unprotected glass shards and the potentially hazardous bulb content. For food handling, food manufacturers and food processors, this is unacceptable.

When a safety coated fluorescent bulb is broken the glass shards and chemicals from the bulb are contained within the highly flexible and high mechanical strength plastic coating. This protects products, equipment and employees from contact with these hazards, and makes disposal or recycling safe, quick and easy.

Because of this, the FDA requires the use of protected bulbs in situations involving exposed food:

FDA Food Code Chapter 6, Section 202.11 - Light Bulbs, Protective Shielding

"Shielding of light bulbs helps prevent breakage. Light bulbs that are shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant are necessary to protect exposed food, clean equipment, utensils and linens, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles from glass fragments should the bulb break."

21 CFR - 110 : Current Good Manufacturing Practices

Subpart B—Buildings and Facilities - 110.20 Plant and Grounds (5)

“Provide adequate lighting in hand-washing areas, dressing and locker rooms, and toilet rooms and in all areas where food is examined, processed, or stored and where equipment or utensils are cleaned; and provide safety-type light bulbs, fixtures, skylights, or other glass suspended over exposed food in any step of preparation or otherwise protect against food contamination in case of glass breakage.”

Safety Coated Fluorescent Bulb for Insect Light Traps

While there is more than one plastic that will successfully protect fluorescent bulbs from dispersing glass fragments and the chemical contents when broken, only one product is also known to be transparent to the light colours produced by the bulbs used in insect light traps. Others may provide protection in the case of breakage, but will also block or reduce the UVA light needed for these bulbs to successfully attract insects. Brandenburg safety coated Electrosect™ fluorescent bulbs only use UVA transparent safety coating.