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EHN: First Measure Of Flame Retardants In Dust From UK Daycares Shows Surprisingly High Levels
July 6, 2010, 11:06 am
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Jul 06, 2010

Harrad, S, E Goosey, J Dexborough, MA-E Abdallah, L Roosens and A Covaci. 2010. Dust from U.K. primary school classrooms and daycare centers: The significance of dust as a pathway of exposure of young U.K. children to brominated flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls. Environmental Science and Technology
Synopsis by Heather Stapleton

Children are likely receiving significant exposure to toxic flame retardant chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in daycare centers and schoolrooms in the United Kingdom, finds a study that documents higher than expected exposures and raises health concerns.

A first attempt at measuring flame retardants and PCBs in dust from daycare centers and classrooms in the United Kingdom shows these facilities to be an important source of exposure for toddlers and young children, with a small group of them experiencing very high exposures. Researchers may be underestimating the impact from these facilities, as levels of certain chemical types were higher than those from house dust or car dust.

While chemical levels in dust from U.K. homes and cars are known, this is the first study to measure and evaluate exposures in early childhood classrooms – another place where children spend time. These results aid in understanding sources of exposures and increase the concern over indoor exposures and their affects on children’s health.

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