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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Metal Finishing Sector Insights Bulletin

Heavy metals and cyanides used in the plating industry are dangerous to the health of employees and can be brought home on clothing thus affecting others. Children and pregnant women are more susceptible to the health risks of heavy metals.

This bulletin highlights pollution prevention opportunities for increasing the success, competitiveness, and overall resilience of metal finishing businesses.

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