Environmental Pollution Argument Paper
November 18, 2013
In reviewing the various pollutants in the environment one which many don’t think of often and which is just as dangerous is battery manufacturing. Batter manufacturing is defined as the process of producing lead-acid batteries, commonly used in automobiles, fork trucks, material handling and standby power applications. (OSHA, 2013) This paper will present how battery manufacturing contributes to environmental pollution and the relationship with human activities. Additionally, I will review the possible effects and consequences to human and ecosystem health. Finally, analyzing the pollution concerns of the present and future qualities of life to myself, my family, my community and the world.
Battery manufacturers use lead in producing a lot of their products because it protects against sound waves and radiation. Lead is used for the production of many products. “Lead compounds are used for metal finishing and in the production of automobile parts, tires, and a wide range of electronic equipment, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and computers.” (Harris & McCartor, 2011) Although it is used in all of these products the most harmful or toxic is when used in making batteries. As the items to make battery are being gathered lead dust may be released which is beyond harmful health wise to the employees. The environment may also be affected if the dust is not affected. Another factor to be considered is the discarding of said product once used and no longer necessary. If discarded by just disposing in a trash bin and not appropriately it will result in pollution and harm which would be damaging to the planet and all involved.
Due to the toxicity of lead battery manufacturing, OSHA has Lead requirements to ensure compliance of OSHA Lead Standard with engineering controls, environment controls. Respiratory protection has to be in place to assist and prevent in...