A factory in China that produces pieces of iPhone and MacBook does not protect its workers from toxic substances, according to a surveillance group.
Pollution at the factory in the Chinese city of Suqian is allegedly serious, China Labor Watch said in a report on Tuesday.
For example, the facility's machines routinely spray chemical oils on workers' eyes, which do not have safety glasses to wear. Those same oils will erode the plastic gloves they wear, causing the skin on their hands to become irritated and peel. As a result, some workers have complained of getting sick.
The surveillance group documented the conditions by sending an undercover investigator to work at the plant as of last October. Due to the contamination, the researcher had to leave four weeks later for "respiratory problems". "
" One month after leaving the factory, the researcher's eyes remained injected with blood, "China Labor Watch said.
The findings may raise questions about Apple's efforts to maintain its safe supply chain for workers Since 2010, the company has faced scrutiny over the treatment of workers after a series of suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest producer of iPhones.
But despite Tuesday's findings, both Apple and the company say that their own audits have found nothing at all on the site.
"We have verified that none of the claims is accurate" , said Catcher Technology, the company that helps operate the factory.
Apple told Bloomberg that it interviewed 150 people at the facility, but found no evidence that the The company's labor regulations have been violated.
According to China Labor Watch, the factory specializes in the construction of metal covers for the iPhone 8, in addition to MacBook keyboard cases. It employs 60,000 workers, many of whom work 10 hours a day, six days a week. In return, they earn around 4,000 RMB ($ 620) per month.
China Labor Watch's own investigation states that the factory violates 14 of Apple's labor standards. Among them, workers are not provided with substantial safety training, lack of hot water for showers and the surrounding area is contaminated with sewage.