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End Smartphone Sweatshops Campaign End smartphone sweatshops




These young workers, between 14 and 25 years old, move in hopes of working hard so they can help to support their families and save enough money to start a family of their own. What these workers don’t realize when they embark is that they may be risking their health, future ability to work, and even their lives.

There are hundreds of chemicals that are routinely used in electronics manufacturing processes—some are known carcinogens and reproductive toxins, and others are largely untested. Manufacturers do not readily disclose the chemicals they are using. Protective gear and rigorous trainings on safe handling are needed but often not enforced, and problems of exposure are sometimes not detected until workers are already sick. In the case of benzene, a chemical commonly used in factories, there are suitable and safer alternatives that are only slightly more expensive.2

Committing to eliminate chemicals known to be harmful to human health from the supply chain of popular electronics would help prevent more workers from losing their lives or livelihoods themselves because of occupational illnesses from making iPhones.

 

1 http://electronicswatch.org/en/the-electronics-industry_2937
2 http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/06/world/for-want-of-safer-glue-chinese-shoemakers-get-sick.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

 



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