Evaluation of Exposure to Metals at an Electronics Recycling Facility

The Health Hazard Evaluation Program received a request from managers at an electronics recycling company. The request concerned possible employee exposures to flame retardants and metals associated with electronics. We first visited the facility in February 2017. We held an opening meeting and toured the facility to observe operations, work practices, and working conditions. We returned in July 2017 to collect air, hand wipe, and blood samples for metals. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Industrywide Studies Branch evaluated employees' exposure to flame retardants in July 2017 and will provide the results to the company and employee representatives in a separate report. We provided preliminary observations and recommendations to the employer and the employee representatives in February 2017 and July 2017.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2016-0242-3315.pdf?s_cid=102015-HETAB-RSS-001

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