Brominated flame retardants in home dust and its contribution to brominated flame retardants bioaccumulation in children hair

Yuqi ZENG, Weijian PAN, Na DING, Yuan KANG, Yu Bon MAN, Lixuan ZENG, Qiuyun ZHANG, Jiwen LUO

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Abstract

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in house dust have raised significant concern around the world. However, few studies have reported the correlation between BFR concentrations in house dust and children’s hair samples. In this study, BFR concentrations in house dust and children’s hair were measured. Chemical analysis showed that the total concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in house dust ranged from 334 to 4444 ng g⁻¹, with a median of 442 ng g⁻¹, and the concentrations in children’s hair ranged from 352 to 655 ng g⁻¹, with a median of 530 ng g⁻¹. In addition, two alternative flame retardants, pentabromoethylbenzene (PBEB) and hexabromobenzene, were frequently detected in house dust and human hair. BDE209 was the most abundant PBDE congener detected in both house dust and children’s hair. A significant correlation was found between the integrated PCA score of BFR concentrations in house dust and in children’s hair (r² = 0.31, P < 0.05), indicating the great contribution of house dust to the bodily burden of PBDEs in children. Risk assessment indicated that children’s exposure to PBDEs via non-dietary intake of house dust should be recognized as an important exposure pathway. Copyright © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Early online date29 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Sep 2020

Citation

Zeng, Y., Pan, W., Ding, N., Kang, Y., Man, Y. B., Zeng, L., . . . Luo, J. (2020). Brominated flame retardants in home dust and its contribution to brominated flame retardants bioaccumulation in children hair. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10934529.2020.1826191

Keywords

  • PBDEs
  • Correlation
  • Alternative flame retardants
  • Exposure pathway

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