The exposure of Barbadians to some very dangerous chemicals is being investigated.
The potential threats targeted are cadmium, lead and mercury, which are contained in many widely used devices, such as cell phones and computers, among others.
Efforts are now underway to find out the levels of these chemicals in the environment and to assess the risk they pose.
This is being done through a new project called 'building capacities to strengthen the management of heavy metals in Barbados'.
Minister of the Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod officially launched the programme, noting its importance to protecting the health of the nation.
The programme is being implemented by the Environmental Protection Department.
Acting director Anthony Headley says they intend to take a collaborative approach with the stakeholders.