Danger Alert: Teachers Consuming Poisons from the Chalkboard


Teachers in our schools where the traditional blackboards are still in use are slowly consuming poison from the board.

The grinded CARBON ROD and other elements in the crushed batteries that are used to blackened the “chalkboard” are a major source of life threatening toxins that both pupils and Teachers are exposed to in the classrooms.

Every time the Teacher writes on the board, the dust particles of these toxic substances get into his or her lungs.

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This is detrimental to the health of the Teacher.

The pupils who usually paint the boards with these highly toxic substances are at greater risks.

Some categories of dry cell batteries usually used to blackened the blackboard and the poisonous chemicals (ingredients) they contain;

1. Acidic Dry Cell Batteries
Toxic Ingredients;
*Manganese dioxide
*Ammonium chloride

2. Alkaline Dry Cell Batteries
Toxic Ingredients;
*Sodium hydroxide
*Potassium hydroxide

3. Lithium dioxide Dry Cell Batteries
Toxic Ingredient;
*Manganese dioxide

*Health conditions (symptoms) that may arise from exposure to the above listed toxins in the batteries include;

If Toxin Is Swallowed:

*Decreased mental ability
*irritation or burns in the mouth
*muscle cramps

If Dust Of Toxins Is Inhaled:

*Decreased mental ability
*Difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)
*Slurred speak
*Muscle cramps
*Weakness in the legs
*Itchy skin
*Numbness in the fingers or toes
*Spastic walking

Well, with all the above listed hazards the Teacher is exposed to, our employer has constantly put in stringent measures to ensure we adhere strictly to the Codes of Conduct and Ethics of the profession.

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The big question however is that, how is our safety being insured at the workplace and the security of life after work?

Have you ever paused for a while to ask yourself?

It is time we start asking the life saving questions..

Reference: U. S National Library of Medicine
Topic: Dry Cell Battery Poisoning.

Chronicled by:

Godwin Akakpo-Ashiadey
Somanya Methodist JHS
Yilo Krobo Municipality
Eastern Region.


Source: EducationGhana.net


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