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Incidence of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in central air conditioner filter dust from a new office building

Author:
Ni, Hong-Gang, Cao, Shan-Ping, Chang, Wen-Jing, Zeng, Hui
Source:
Environmental pollution 2011 v.159 no.7 pp. 1957-1962
ISSN:
0269-7491
Subject:
Environmental Protection Agency, adults, air, breathing, humans, ingestion, lungs, particulates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, China, United States
Abstract:
This study examined polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in central air conditioner filter (CACF) dust from a new office building in Shenzhen, China. Human exposure to PBDE via dust inhalation and ingestion were also estimated. PBDEs level in CACF dust was lower than those in the other countries and regions. Approximately 0.671 pg/kg bw/day PM₂.₅ (Particulate Matter up to 2.5 μm in size) bounded Σ₁₅PBDEs can be inhaled deep into the lungs and 4.123 pg/kg bw/day PM₁₀ (Particulate Matter up to 10 μm in size) bounded Σ₁₅PBDEs tend to be deposited in the upper parts of the respiratory system. The average total intake of Σ₁₅PBDEs via dust inhalation and ingestion for adults reached ∼141 pg/kg bw/day in this building. This value was far below the reference dose (RfD) recommended by United States Environmental Protection Agency. Human exposure to PBDEs via dust inhalation and ingestion in the new building is less than the old ones.
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