This article is brought to you by Circuits Assembly concerning a vote from the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The American Public Health Association will vote on a resolution tomorrow to encourage the global electronics industry and others to increase efforts to protect workers and communities who manufacture electronics with potentially harmful chemicals.

Several presentations at the recent APHA conference documented adverse health outcomes due to exposure to hazardous chemicals in the electronics industry in China, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, and elsewhere. Some of the health impacts cited in the APHA resolution include cancers, lung disease, reproductive disorders, congenital anomalies in offspring and musculoskeletal problems from repetitive motion tasks.

AHPA has endorsed three strategies to strengthen occupational and environmental health in the electronics industry.

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