Dust on Office Surfaces Can be a Source of Exposure to PBDEs

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In a study of 31 Boston offices, polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants now banned internationally by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants were detected in every office tested. The research, published online June 30 ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), links concentrations of PBDEs in office dust with levels of the chemicals on the hands of the offices’ occupants…

The article “Exposure to PBDEs in the Office Environment: Evaluating the Relationship between Dust, Hand Wipes, and Serum,” is available free of charge at http://ehponline.org/article/info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1003271. Other authors include Thomas F. Webster, Michael D. McClean, Alicia J. Fraser, Janice Weinberg, Heather M. Stapleton, and Andreas Sjödin. The work was supported by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).

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