CRT Monitor Disassembly
A CRT monitor consists of a plastic case (ABS/PC), a cathode ray tube (CRT) with an attached magnetic deflector and electron gun, printed wiring boards (PWB) and cables. The CRT glass contains a large amount of lead which may be released when it breaks. Therefore it is crucial to only conduct dismantling operations on monitors in adequate
Health and Safety
A vacuum is applied to the interior of all CRT monitors. The monitor may implode if the outer glass envelope is damaged. Due to the power of the implosion, fractions may bounce and explode outwards with splints travelling at potential fatal velocities. To avoid personal injury, it is therefore crucial to equalise the pressure before any further treatment. Wear protective equipment to smash the magnetic deflector with a hammer as flying splints can injure personnel.
CRTs must be handled carefully also after pressure equalizing to ensure that no substances of concern are released. CRT glass bodies should be further processed only in industrial channels with adequate facilities.