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Table 1 Examples of chemical hazards associated with green products and processes

From: Occupational safety and health, green chemistry, and sustainability: a review of areas of convergence

Process/product Chemical agent Effect/target organ References
Thin-film Photovoltaics    
  Silane Pyrophoric, Irritant, Respiratory Tract, Skin [12]
  Hydrogen sulfide Acute, Irritant, Central Nervous System [12]
E-waste Recycling    
  Lead Cardiovascular, gastrointestinal effects [13]
  Mercury Gastrointestinal effects, Neurotoxicant, Nephrotoxicant [13, 14]
Weatherization    
  Isocyanates (Spray Polyurethane Foam) Irritant, Respiratory Tract, Sensitizer [15, 16]
Geothermal Energy    
  Hydrogen Sulfide Acute, metabolic disorder [17, 18]
  Mercury Gastrointestinal effects, Neurotoxicant, Nephrotoxicant [19]
Solvent Replacement    
  1-Bromopropane Cancer, hematopoietic effects; Hepatotoxicant Neurotoxicant [20]