Electronics Waste and Human Health

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 12 – 1 PM (PST)

Presented By: Jim Puckett, Director - Basel Action Network (BAN)

& Diana Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH, Boston University School of Public Health

Webinar Description


Electronics waste is growing at an alarming rate worldwide, faster than it can be recycled. Global trade, and maintaining standards to keep workers healthy and the environmental clean, pose challenges in even the most high-tech e-recycling facilities. The health of workers – including child laborers – can be adversely impacted by these toxic chemicals. Developing countries tend to recycle e-waste inside homes and back yards, and it is common to find respiratory problems, stillbirths, and other health problems around these informal sites. Developed countries also face many challenges to safety and with sustainability of recycling e-waste. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the electronics recycling industry worldwide

  • Identify environmental health issues stemming from e-waste sites around the world

  • Describe health and safety challenges in e-recycling in the US, and the populations most affected

  • Review proposed solutions to improve health, safety, and the environment

Speaker Biographies

Jim Puckett, Executive Director and Founder of BAN 

Jim is the co-founder and Executive Director of Basel Action Network, where he provides strategic oversight and implements and expands their programs. As an activist for over 30 years, his work on toxic waste and toxic waste trade has helped control pollution, safeguard fragile ecosystems from bio-accumulating toxins, protect the world’s poor from health hazards, and reuse the Earth’s limited resources. He has been a chief proponent of just international policies within the United Nations Basel Convention since its inception in 1989. As the only person to have attended every Conference of the Parties meeting, he supports delegates in drafting, approving, and implementing policies that protect people from the global trade of toxic waste. His assistance was crucial for creating regional waste trade agreements, such as the Bamako Convention, Central American Agreement, Waigani Treaty, and the Cartagena Convention Waste Trade Protocol.


Jim has traveled the world researching, speaking, writing, and producing films. He was the first to investigate and expose the export of electronic waste (e-waste). BAN’s 2002 film, Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia, was the first to shine a spotlight on e-waste trade and transformed an unknown dumping practice into a well-recognized, global issue. He has since overseen creation of the e-Stewards Certification Program. Prior to establishing BAN, as Toxics Director for Greenpeace International, his regional campaigns were instrumental in generating public and government support for equitable trade policies throughout Europe. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Filmmaking from the University of Oregon.

Diana Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH - Boston University SPH

Diana Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ceballos research aims to better understand health effects from exposure to complex mixtures. She is motivated by interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects to understand and prevent health effects of environmental and occupational contaminants. Dr. Ceballos has been doing research with the electronics recycling industry for the last 8 years and has published numerous peer review publications, government reports, trade journal articles, blogs, and conference proceedings related to health and safety in the electronics recycling industry.


Certificates of Completion are available to learners who attend the live presentation, complete an online evaluation, and have an attentiveness score of 85% or higher throughout the duration of the presentation. Qualified learners will receive a Certificate of Completion as a PDF via email within one week of completing the evaluation.


Check out our 2019 Webinars page for more information on how attentiveness scores are calculated. 

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hours. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Continuing Education Program (BRN Provider # 12983) has approved this webinar for 1.0 contact hours.