Flame retardants in e-waste recycling: an emerging occupational hazard

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Victoria Arrandale
Occupational Cancer Research Centre

As a result of international conventions aimed at stemming the export of electronic waste to low and middle income countries, e-waste recycling is a growing industry in Ontario and other parts of Canada. This industry faces several occupational hazards, including flame retardant chemicals, which have been linked to endocrine disruption, neurological outcomes and reproductive effects. In this presentation, Dr. Victoria Arrandale summarizes results from the first study of flame retardants in the Canadian e-waste industry. She also briefly discusses the health effects of other hazards in the e-waste environment (for example, metals) and the need to improve prevention practices and protect worker health.

Please note that a slidecast and the slide deck of this presentation will not be available after the event.

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