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Apple bans some hazardous chemicals from iPads and iPhones

Listens to customers, but needs to do more
Fri Aug 15 2014, 13:24
Chemical hazard

APPLE HAS REVEALED that it will not use potential people killing chemicals in the production of its magical devices.

The firm, which has often been criticised over working conditions and standards, has posted about an investigation into its own environmental impact, which we have covered before, and found that its people are not presently at risk, and said that it wants to keep it that way.

Apple environmental director Lisa Jackson explained that the firm has woken up to the threat of hazardous benzene and n-hexane, and decided that it does not want them mixing with its workers at its manufacturing plants.

"Recently, we received some questions about whether the chemicals benzene and n-hexane are used in the manufacturing of our products. Apple treats any allegations of unsafe working conditions extremely seriously," she said, adding that Apple found no evidence of risk.

"We've updated our tight restrictions on benzene and n-hexane to explicitly prohibit their use in final assembly processes. Eliminating the risks from toxic substances in the products we all use has always been a passion of mine, and today it is one of our top three environmental priorities here at Apple."

Environmental group Green America suggested that this is a good start for Apple, and said that more needs to be done to protect workers.

It said that Apple's response comes after 23,000 messages from consumers, and added that there are 'thousands' more potentially hazardous chemicals out there, and that Apple cannot confirm that its suppliers, such as those in China, apply the same standards.

"This announcement and the preceding investigation shows that Apple listens to its customers," said Elizabeth O'Connell, campaigns director at Green America.

"However, Apple needs to go further to create a safe environment at all factories in their supply chain for the health and safety of all 1.5 million workers." µ

 

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