Communication Essay on The use of flame-retardants in Smart phone manufacture

The use of flame-retardants in Smart phone manufacture


Using a smartphone is one of the biggest dreams of every student and young person. Smartphones enable us to keep in touch with our beloved friends and families through the availability of many social networking platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Hangouts, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, IM and many other technologies.

Thesis Statement

Innovative technologies have been advanced that ensure that a smart phone does not easily catch fire and subjects the user to lesser health risks. Today, I will talk about innovative technologies in smartphones that help prevent fire break-up and transfer of harmful health related substances to their users. This information is relevant because 90% of students in the world have been reported to be using smartphones hence need to understand basic mechanism of the gadget. Having researched widely about smartphones and innovative technologies, I am certain that you will learn from what I have to provide.

Brominated flame-retardants (BFRs)

  • BFRs are flameproof materials that prevent outbreak of fires (Wati & Koo, 2010)
  • BFRs avert outbreak of fires by preventing fires on flammable materials
  • BFRs are common in smart phones as a technique to avert phone-material combustibility.
  • BFRs are mostly used in smart phones as a way of lowering the combustibility of the product.

BFR in smartphones

BFRs in smartphones are used in four main applications (Ericsson, 2008):

  • in printed circuit boards,
    • in components such as connectors,
    • in plastic covers
    • in cables
  • The halogenated material is mixed with textiles, plastics and other materials used in smartphones to make them flame proof and free of electric shocks

Critic and alternatives

  • BFR feared to Environmental unfriendly and a health hazard.
  • Halogens disassociate during radioactivity forming dangerous radiatins such as gamma that may sterilize humans (Søilen & Tontini, 2013).


The key points talked about today are that

  • Halogenated flame retardants such as BFRs are mixed in various smart phone component parts during manufacture to prevent possibilities of the phones catching fire
  • The challenge with BFRs is that they cause environmental pollution and are a health hazard.
    List of references

Wati, Y., & Koo, C. (2010). The Green IT Practices of Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and Sony Ericsson: Content Analysis Approach. In System Sciences (HICSS), 2010 43rd Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 1-10). IEEE.

Ericsson, S. (2008). Sony Ericsson–Mobile phones–Overview–W710i. Sony Ericsson.

Søilen, K. S., & Tontini, G. (2013). Knowledge Management Systems and Human Resource Management Policies for Innovation Benchmarking: a Study of ST Ericsson. International Journal of Innovation Science5(3), 159-172.