It is commonly known within food manufacturing, preparation and a number of different industrial environments that the main risk of breaking light bulbs occurs during routine maintenance, mishandling can result in uncoated fluorescent tubes to shatter and glass contamination to occur, potentially being very costly. This risk would be avoided if you were to invest in lamps that are safety coated.
There are a few different safety coatings available for use on fluorescent BL lamps. Two of the more common coatings are FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene) and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
The more superior of the two coatings is the FEP which will guarantee 100% fragment retention when used on BL lamps and will allow 99% of the UV light to pass through the coating. FEP is approved to be used within food processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing environments.
XtraBrite carries only FEP safety coated lamps
Links To Regulations On Safety Coated Lamps:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration - (OSHA) "All lamps for general illumination shall be protected from accidental contact or breakage by a suitable fixture or lampholder with a guard." Standard Number 1910.305 (a) (2) (ix)
FDA Plant Construction and Design "... 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." 110.20 Section B, Part 5
FDA Food Code - (Food & Drug Administration) "...light bulbs shall be shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant in areas where there is exposed food; clean equipment, utensils, and linens; or unwrapped single-service and single-use articles." Chapter 6, Section 202.11 Light Bulbs, Protective Shielding