Health Hazards of e-Waste

A Partial list of toxic contents commonly found in e-waste.

Sr.No Metals Present in Toxic effects
1 Antimony Batteries, diodes, semiconductor, infrared detectors. Irritation of the eyes, Skin, Lungs, Heart.
2 Beryllium field of X-ray detection (it is transparent to X-rays) Various computer equipment. Allergic reactions, Weakness, Tiredness, Breathing problems, Chances of cancer development, and DNA damage.
3 Bismuth low melting solders synthetic fibers and rubbers Inhalation problems, Skin reactions, Sleeplessness, Depression, Rheumatic pain.
4 Cadmium Batteries, coatings and plating Damage the lungs. Bone fracture, Damage to central nervous system, Possibly DNA damage, Cancer development, Cause of death.
5 Cobalt Magnets and Magnetic recording media, Lung effects, Hair loss, Vomiting and nausea, Vision problems, Heart problems, Thyroid damage, Cause of Asthma & Pneumonia
6 Gallium Light emitting diodes (LED), electronic display and watches. Cause throat irritation, Difficulty breathing, Chest pain, Partial paralysis.
7 Germanium Transistors, Integrated circuits
Infrared devices
Harmful for Skin, Eyes & Blood
8 Indium Sodium vapor lamps Damage the heart, kidney and liver,
9 Molybdenum Electrodes, Circuit inks, Heat sinks Microwaves devices Joint pains in the knees, hands, feet
It is Highly toxic
10 Selenium Photocells, Light meters & Solar cells, AC to DC current conversion component, Storage batteries, Collection of fluid in the lungs, Garlic breath, Shortness of breath, Abdominal pain, Fever, Heart and muscle problems, Bronchial asthma, Red staining of the teeth and hair, Diarrhea, Irritation and tearing, Enlarged liver, Burning, Bronchitis, Sore throat, Cause of death
11 Lead Lead-acid battery, Cables, Solders, Glass of computer and TVscreens, Disruption of the biosynthesis of hemoglobin and anemia, Rise in blood pressure, Kidney damage, Miscarriages and subtle abortions, Disturbs nervous systems, Brain damage, Effects fertility of men through sperm damage, Diminished learning abilities of children, Behavioral disruptions of children, such as aggression, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.
12 Magnesium Flashlight photography Muscle weakness, Lethargy & confusion.
13 Yttrium Color TV picture tubes, Camera lenses, Fluorescent lamps, Energy-saving lamps, Threat to the liver, Cause of cancer
14 Zink Plastics, Negative plates, printing inks, Electric batteries, Photocopier paper, Decreased sense of taste and smell, Birth defects, Vomiting, Skin irritations, Stomach cramps

And many more.....

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Batteries, diodes, semiconductor, infrared detectors. Irritation of the eyes, Skin, Lungs, Heart.
field of X-ray detection (it is transparent to X-rays) Various computer equipment. Allergic reactions, Weakness, Tiredness, Breathing problems, Chances of cancer development, and DNA damage.
low melting solders synthetic fibers and rubbers Inhalation problems, Skin reactions, Sleeplessness, Depression, Rheumatic pain.