CHEMICAL POISONING-EPOXY-FLAME RETARDANTS
by Leif Södergren
In the 1970 ies, in a factory in northern Sweden, around 40 factory
workers showed some very strange symptoms. They became light sensitive
and could not stand daylight, fluorescent lights, could not watch TV, symptoms
quite similar to what electrically sensitive individuals show.. The factory
had to close since the cause to the problems could not be found. Later
it turned out that a epoxy paint powder had somehow gotten into the heaing
system and the epoxy paint powder used to paint some details, had due to
some mistakes made, been passing over a very hot surface and was spread
in the ventilation system. The workers received workers compensation.
What is so interesting about this incident?
I would be interested in your reflections to the question abowe, your experiences
regarding epoxy allergy and how it affects people and experiences in general
on this subject of chemicals such as flame-retardants from computers.
The symptoms are very similar to ES patients who also cannot stand fluorescent
light, computers and TVs, sometimes not stand daylight. These factory workers
had not worked by a computer and the name Electricaal Sensitivity did not
exist. Many workers are still very sensitive.. One factory worker was qouted
in the TCO-newspapr recently:" If I go into a department store, I get a
heat-feeling in my skin after 10 minutes. This lasts until the next day.
These days I can watch TV. Before I could not stand the electric fan in
the car and I could not stand perfume. That really killed me. These are
interesting MCS/ES symptoms.
The workers got workers compensation which ES patints are denied. 3. It
turns out that microchips are made of epoxy. Besides the epoxy, computers
and VDTs contain lethal flame retardants which are similar in effect to
PCB, Phenol, Creosole, Toluen, Xylen, Ethylbensen, Styren as well as hundreds
of more chemicals. (Spelling might not be correct). The question one might
put is this: How important are chemicals from computers in the onset of
Electrical Sensitivity? The problems for most ES patients have come when
they got a NEW VDT. It is when it is new that the VDT gives off most chemicals.
Is ES a secondary effect to MCS? What came first? The chicken or the egg?
See articles below on flame retadants.
One more thing: There is an article (Arch Dermatol vol 115, nov 1979:
persistent Photosensitivity Following Occupational Exposure to Epoxy Resin
by Herbert Allen MD and Kays Kaidbey MD. ) It would be interessting to
follow up the case of the 8 pipefitters exposed to epoxy. Do they show
any MCS/ES sympoms today? Were they sensitive to fluorescent lights and
VDTs/Televison like the factory workers in Sweden?
Leif Sodergren 1997
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