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Hazardous chemicals in mobile phones: an improving situation by Nick Boley
October 10, 2012, 11:35
Filed under: Environment/Ecology, RoHS/WEEE, Uncategorized, Waste | Tags: ,

A recent study conducted by the US-based Ecology Center and ifixit.com into the levels of hazardous substances in mobile phones has been concluded. The study was concerned with the measurement of lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury and cadmium, which are covered by the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations.

The study showed that modern-day mobile phones still contain trace levels of these substances, but that the picture has improves significantly over the last five years, with levels falling dramatically in that time. This demonstrated both the ability of manufacturers to change processes to comply with new regulation in this field, but that the problem has yet to be fully eradicated. The measurement of lower levels of these substances also poses challenges for analytical chemists.

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