Apple Admits Workers Exposed to Chemicals

Feb 18, 2011 by

Apple’s cool new products always do the best (or end up pretty close), but what few think about, are the people responsible — the people working in supplier factories around the world, earning minimum wage making a touch screen or an antenna or a processor.

For the first time ever, Apple has admitted that workers in factories were hurt — biologically — by some of the chemicals used in production.

The Straight Times, a Singapore based newspaper reports:

The California-based maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads acknowledged for the first time in the Apple Supplier Responsibility 2011 Progress Report on Tuesday that 137 workers at the Suzhou facility of Wintek, one of Apple’s touch screen suppliers, had suffered adverse health effects following exposure to n-hexane, a chemical in cleaning agents used in some manufacturing processes.

The newspaper does report that Apple shut down the assembly line until proper ventilation could be installed but until then, the workers are demanding an apology from Apple, even though they simply contract them.

The 137 workers have all returned to work and no fatalities have been reported.

(via Neowin)