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Document ID (ISN)56894
CIS number 91-1921
ISSN - Serial title 0724-8679 - c't - Magazin für Computer-Technik
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Müller W.
Title Poison in the computer - Toxic vapours as causes of diseases
Original title Gift im Computer - Giftige Dämpfe als Krankheitsursache [in German]
Bibliographic information 1990, No.10, p.44.
Abstract Printed circuits and plastic enclosures of personal computers contain polybrominated biphenyl ether as a flame retardant. In case of fire, dioxins and dibenzofurans are produced. One case is reported in which an employee had high concentrations of these substances in the liver after work at a personal computer. Emission measurements during one hour of computer operation at 60°C confirmed the presence of high concentrations of dibenzofurans. Use of metal casings and substitution are named as preventive measures. A survey of flame retardants used by well-known manufacturers of personal computers is given.
Descriptors (primary) tetrachlorodibenzodioxin; dibenzofurans; dioxins; exposure; limitation of exposure; flame retardants; computers
Descriptors (secondary) carcinogens; case study; design data; design of equipment; fire
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Office work
Heterocyclic compounds