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OEH Seminar: E-waste: The Unintended Consequence of our Digital Revolution
Friday, February 8, 2019 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: Gage Building, Room 108, 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street), University of Toronto
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

​​​​​​​Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

“We are in the midst of a revolution” – the digital revolution.

A major unintended consequence of this revolution is e-waste, which is challenging to handle safely due to numerous toxic chemicals, many of which are essential to their functioning.

This seminar will present the “e-waste landscape” in the broader context and specifically with respect to the exposure of e-waste dismantlers to flame retardants. We found that e-waste dismantlers at one Ontario facility could be exposed to flame retardants at levels that exceed those in some informal recycling facilities in Low Income Countries. Are chemical management and occupational legislation and policies sufficiently effective at international, national and provincial scales?  Finally, perhaps an irony is that population-scale behavioural trends could reduce the impetus for solving this growing challenge.

Presenter: Dr. Miriam Diamond

Miriam Diamond is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences with cross-appointments to the the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and four other units at the University of Toronto. Her group has published in over 160 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, in addition to receiving media attention. Prof. Diamond is an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology and sits on the Editorial Review board of Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Prof. Diamond is the co-chair of the Canadian Chemical Management Plan Science Committee, and is involved in several national and international organizations. 
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


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