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Heavy metals

Heavy metals are individual metals and metal compounds that adversely affect human health. It consists harmful effects of cadmium, mercury and lead, iron, arsenic Commonly encountered heavy metals are chromium, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, selenium, silver etc. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based. Their industrial, domestic, agricultural, medical, and technological applications have led to wide distribution in the environment, and raising adverse effects on human health and the environment. . Their toxicity depends upon dose, route of exposure, and chemical species, as well as the age, gender, genetics, and nutritional status of exposed individuals. Because of their high degree of toxicity, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury rank among the priority metals that are of public health significance. These metallic elements are considered systemic toxicants that are known to induce multiple organ damage, even at lower levels of exposure. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer they are classified as human carcinogens (known or probable). The metals may enter the body by:
• Ingestion.
• Inhalation.
• Absorption through the skin or mucous membranes.
The heavy metals once absorbed compete with other ions and bind to proteins, leading to impaired enzymatic activity resulting in damage to many organs throughout the body. They are then stored in the soft tissues of the body. Heavy metal's toxicity, lead can affect the gastrointestinal system, nervous system, kidneys, cardiovascular system, blood production, and reproductive system. Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include, headaches, short-term memory loss, mental confusion, pain in muscles and joints, gastrointestinal upsets, food intolerances/allergies, vision problems, chronic fatigue, and others. The symptoms are so vague that it is difficult to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

OMICS Group International is publisher of Open Access publications journals and Organizes 300 International conferences . Every year across USA, Europe & Asia. OMICS group founded in 2007 by Dr.Srinubabu. Sole aim is making the research on Sciences and technology ‘Open Access ‘ It grows successfully with support from 1000 more scientific International Societies ,30000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members and and 3.5 million readers. OMICS Group Journals features 400 Open Access publications journals and 21 Days rapid review process with 30,000 Editorial team. OMICS Group 300 International conferences attracts reputed world class scientists, researchers, policy makers and students. Research from various prominent institutions reaches these platforms and they are discussed here with a view to promote knowledge dissemination. Papers presented in the international conferences are published in the respective OMICS Group Journals. OMICS International organizes International workshops and symposiums Science Congress, World Summits across the globe. OMICS Group also provides a dynamic platform for companies to exhibit, launch and showcase their unique strengths, products and services.

e-waste management Conferences in 2015:
1. ICEEWM 2015: XIII International Conference on Environmental, Energy and Waste Management.
2. Conference on Environmental Pollution and Public Health (EPPH 2015)
3. 3rd annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability.
4. Science and Information Conference 2015.
5. International Conference on Technologies for Sustainable Development (ICTSD-2015).
6. WasteExpo in 2015
7. Exhibition and conference for South-East Europe on waste management and recycling.
8. International Trade Fair on Waste Management, Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy.
9. 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling.
10. The 30th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management.

Lists of Societies related to e-waste :
1. International Association of Electronics Recyclers : Albany, NY, US
2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : US
3. Basel Action Network : US
4. World Reuse, Repair, and Recycling Association : US
5. E-Scrap Solutions : US
6. The National Waste & Recycling Association : US
7. Consumer Electronics Association : US
8. STEP : UK
9. Electronic Recycling Association : Canada
10. Bluewater Recycling Association : Canada
11. e-Waste Association of South Africa (eWASA) : South Africa.
12. E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd : India.

Major e-waste management Companies:
1. Resource Recycling, Inc : Portland, Oregon, US
2. Basel Convention : Switzerland, Europe.
3. Waste to Green : US
4. Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) : US
5. American Electronics Recycling : US
6. Electronic Recyclers International, Inc : US
7. e-Stewards : USA
8. eGreen Recycling
9. ECS Environment Pvt Ltd. India
10. Attero Electronics asset Management Company : India

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