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Fluorescent Lights to be Banned by the End of 2027

Fluorescent Lights to be Banned by the End of 2027 as Per Mercury Regulation Agreement in Minamata Convention Conference



Fluorescent Lights to be Banned by the End of 2027 as Per Mercury Regulation Agreement in Minamata Convention Conference

Geneva, Switzerland – The 5th Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which comprehensively regulates mercury, the cause of Minamata disease, concluded on Nov 3rd in Geneva, Switzerland.

The conference reached an agreement to prohibit the manufacturing and import/export of straight fluorescent lamps by the end of 2027.

This, combined with the already established ban on bulb-shaped fluorescent lamps by the end of 2025, will mark the end of the production of all general lighting fluorescent lamps.

Fluorescent Lights to be Banned by the End of 2027 as Per Mercury Regulation Agreement in Minamata Convention Conference

The widespread adoption of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting in Japan, where LED lighting has been gaining popularity, played a significant role in leading these negotiations.

The agreement is driven by the global proliferation of LED lighting. While the manufacturing and import/export of fluorescent lamps are banned, the use and sale of existing stock will continue after 2028.

The Minamata Convention was adopted in October 2013 and entered into force in August 2017. Currently, 147 countries and regions are members of the convention.

During the conference, an agreement was also reached to ban the production and import/export of button-type batteries that use mercury, cosmetics containing mercury, and polyurethane products that use mercury-containing catalysts by the end of 2025.


What are the health impacts of mercury exposure?

 

Mercury exposure can be harmful to human health, and the extent of the damage depends on the form of mercury, the level of exposure, and the duration of exposure.

There are three primary forms of mercury that can affect human health: elemental (or metallic) mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds.

Here’s how each form can damage human health:

  1. Elemental (Metallic) Mercury:

    • Inhalation Exposure: The most common route of exposure is inhalation of mercury vapor, typically from products like mercury thermometers, fluorescent lights, or dental amalgam fillings. Long-term exposure to even low levels of mercury vapor can cause the following health effects:
      • Neurological Effects: Mercury vapor can affect the central nervous system, leading to symptoms like tremors, memory problems, and personality changes.
      • Respiratory Problems: Inhalation of high levels of mercury vapor can cause lung damage, leading to symptoms like coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
    • Dermal Exposure: Limited exposure through skin contact is generally not a significant concern.
  2. Inorganic Mercury Compounds:

    • Ingestion: Exposure can occur through the consumption of contaminated food and water. Health effects of inorganic mercury compounds include:
      • Gastrointestinal Issues: Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
      • Kidney Damage: Long-term exposure can lead to kidney damage.
      • Neurological Effects: High levels can affect the nervous system and lead to symptoms similar to those caused by elemental mercury exposure.
  3. Organic Mercury Compounds:

    • Methylmercury: This is the most toxic form of organic mercury, and exposure primarily occurs through the consumption of contaminated fish and seafood. Health effects include:
      • Neurological Damage: Methylmercury is particularly harmful to the developing nervous system, making fetuses, infants, and young children more vulnerable. Exposure can lead to developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and impairments in motor skills.
      • Cardiovascular Effects: Some research suggests that methylmercury exposure may also increase the risk of cardiovascular problems in adults.

It’s important to note that the symptoms and health effects of mercury exposure can vary widely depending on the dose, the duration of exposure, and individual susceptibility. Some populations, such as pregnant women, nursing infants, and young children, are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of mercury exposure.

Preventing mercury exposure is critical, and this is typically achieved through measures like avoiding consumption of contaminated fish, proper disposal of mercury-containing products, and adhering to occupational safety guidelines in industries where mercury is used.

Public health agencies and environmental regulations aim to limit human exposure to mercury to protect human health.

Fluorescent Lights to be Banned by the End of 2027 as Per Mercury Regulation Agreement in Minamata Convention Conference

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