• Chemicals used to sterilize electronics are killing factory workers!

  • workersIt’s no surprise that people working in manufacturing plants are exposed to various hazards throughout their career. Very recently, advocacy groups have pointed out the hazardous conditions workers in factories that assemble processor chips for Apple and Samsung smartphones are made to face. Many a times, workers at these plants suffer from occupational leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and more than 100 workers have fallen victim to these hazards.

    Most of these health problems are caused due to the inhaling of chemicals like benzene, a carcinogen, and trichloroethylene, known to cause occupational leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Currently, workers use only ‘white bunny-suits’ that minimise contamination. This does not stop them from inhaling chemical cocktails that are used to sterilize semi-conductor wafers.

    [Via – SMH]

    Posted in Topics:Other Stuff, Tags: on April 25, 2014