Studies quantify e-scrap workers’ exposure to toxics

Bathroom doors, a water cooler handle, a refrigerator – their surfaces carried lead, cadmium  and other hazardous metals, according to studies at two e-scrap facilities.

The health hazard evaluations, which were conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), also found metals and flame retardants on employees hands, in their bodies and in the air. In many cases, the levels were below occupational limits, but in some, concentrations were above.



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