GLRPPR Sector Resource: Proper Maintenance, Removal, and Disposal of PCB-Containing Fluorescent Light Ballasts: A Guide for School Administrators and Maintenance Personnel
Proper Maintenance, Removal, and Disposal of PCB-Containing Fluorescent Light Ballasts: A Guide for School Administrators and Maintenance Personnel
The purpose of this website is to provide information to school administrators and maintenance personnel on the risks posed by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in light ballasts, how to properly handle and dispose of these items, and how to properly retrofit the lighting fixtures in your school to remove potential PCB hazards.
If they remain in use over an extended period, failed or leaking fluorescent light ballasts may result in unsafe levels of PCBs in the air children breathe. Such ballasts must be immediately removed and disposed of in accordance with federal law. While intact PCB-containing light ballasts pose no immediate health threat, they are likely to fail over time. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that these older lighting ballasts should be removed to prevent accidental exposure of students, teachers, and other school personnel to PCBs through fires or leaks. Removal of PCB-containing light fixtures, as part of lighting upgrades or a stand-alone project, is an investment that pays off with long-term benefits to students, school staff, the community, and the environment.
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