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“E-Waste-A Global Hazard”


  1. What new terms were introduced?
  • E-Wastes: These waste products which become generated when electrical components become obsolete hence getting dumped.
  • De-Soldering: This is the process of using solder to recover rare and precious metals from used or old circuit boards.
  • Take-home exposure: This exposure pathway is a second-hand exposure to hazardous substances incurred when the substance is brought at home with clothing, materials, or other objects contaminated with harmful residue from e-waste recycling.


  1. What new ideas/concerns were introduced?
  • The common practice of burning electrical cables in open pits at relatively low temperatures to retrieve copper is a primitive technique which doesn’t ensure environmental protection or occupational safety.
  • Direct exposure to E-Wastes in ways such as skin contact with harmful substances, inhalation of substances and ingestion of contaminated dust is usually a result of unsafe recycling practices which should be a concern to industrialists.
  • The release of hazardous chemicals into the environment leads to food contamination, bioaccumulation, and widespread ecological exposure.
  • Mercury-containing thermometers and sphygmomanometers have been faced out and other alternative electronic counterparts replacing them




“E-Waste-A Global Hazard”

  1. What have you learned?
  • E-Wastes are environmental and health hazards which can impact people’s lives. If necessary measures are not taken to manage these wastes, diseases may become rampant, crops degenerate and even the air we breathe become full of toxic gases.
  • There are several E-Waste regulations and policies which have been adopted to control the negative impacts of the E-Wastes. Organizations which have taken such stands include the StEP Initiative, the Basel Action Network, and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition among others.
  • Developed countries also use developing countries as prey and damping sites for E-Wastes. Most of the developing countries are unable to control or efficiently recycle E-Wastes hence making the E-Waste phenomenon to become a key challenge for this countries due to the financial constraints they possess.


  1. How can you use this/these in organizations?
  • Organizations should consider the environment and modern ethics and ensure E-Wastes generated from their institutions are well disposed or recycled if necessary. Regulations and rules adopted by international bodies should be followed to the letter to ensure the negative impacts of this wastes are managed effectively. Furthermore, staff working in firms which deal with recycling of this wastes should be well equipped and dressed to ensure they are not exposed either directly or indirectly to hazardous substances. Finally, organizations should create awareness of the adverse effects of e-wastes when they are poorly managed, thus enlightening the general public.“E-Waste-A Global Hazard”