Apple bans chemical that causes nerve damage

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this-american-life-retraction-1-537x294In a recent report Apple has disclosed that it will stop using two toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process. For consumers of apple products what is the guarantee that these chemicals will be no longer used?

Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple (AAPLTech30), says the computer company will prohibit the use of benzene and n-hexane in the assembly of its electronics.   How can these chemicals affect people who work around them?  Benzene is a carcinogen associated with leukemia, and workers who are exposed to high concentrations of n-hexane in large doses can develop nerve damage, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

 Apple is trying to take as many health precautions as possible to make sure their factories continue to be safe.  They are even making PVC, displays without mercury and enclosures without brominated flame retardants. 

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