Project: Recycling of e-waste - metal exposure

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Recycling of electronics is a rapidly growing industry. Several metals in electronics are toxic, some are allergenic. They may cause risks to recycling workers. Electric and electronic equipment must be recycled (WEEE Directive)

The aim is to study how workers in the electronic recycling industry are exposed to metals. Occupational measurements of different types are performed in three electronic recycling facilities in Sweden. The level of metals in air, on the skin, in blood and in urine samples is assessed. The project will give knowledge on how workers are exposed to toxic and allergenic metals. The results may be used in health risk assessments and in prevention of hazardous exposure for risk reduction.

Collaboration with the Unit of Metals and Health, Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), KI, and the Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM), Stockholm University


  • Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte, former FAS)


Anneli Julander

Carola Lidén