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Lead Exposure from an E-Scrap Recycling Facility Can Transfer to the Home

Posted over 2 years ago by Barbara Burgel

From the NIOSH e-new, August 2015:

"Recycling of used electronics (E-scrap) is an emerging area of concern as a source of occupational exposures among workers, and as a source of take-home exposures. In evaluating an Ohio e-scrap facility, described in the July 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), NIOSH researchers found that take-home contamination and lead exposure can occur when dust is transferred from the workplace to the home. To read the full report, go to http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6427a3.htm?s_cid=mm6427a3_e

For more information on occupational exposures at e-scrap facilities go to http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/09/30/escrap/."