The microelectronics industry employs about 180,000 workers nationally. Of these, about 95,000 are employed in the manufacture of semiconductor components and integrated circuits; about 60,000 are employed in the production of capacitors, resistors, and condensers; the balance manufacture miscellaneous electronics products. The popular impression of this high-technology industry is of employees wearing the white suits in clean, bright comfortable workplaces. Although accurate in many cases, many of the high-tech workers in this industry risk exposure to a wide variety of hazardous substances. Scientific studies conducted in the United States and Europe have identified numerous hazardous conditions and resultant high rates of occupational illnesses within the industry.