Navigation Links
Office Workers May Face Exposure to Flame Retardant
Date:3/27/2013

WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially harmful flame retardant is present in the bodies of many office workers, a small new study says.

Researchers assessed 31 Boston-area residents for the presence of chlorinated tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP). The flame retardant's use in children's pajamas was halted 30 years ago, but it is found in polyurethane foam used in upholstered furniture.

TDCPP was found in many of the urine samples from the office workers. The chemical was also found in 99 percent of dust samples collected from the workers' offices, homes and vehicles, according to the study.

The findings reveal "the widespread presence of this flame retardant in the indoor environment," the researchers wrote in the May issue of the journal Environment International.

The office environment was the strongest predictor of having TDCPP in the body. Workers in a new office buildings had significantly lower concentrations of the chemical in their urine than those in older buildings, and the average concentration of the flame retardant in dust was significantly lower in new buildings than in older buildings.

The lower levels of TDCPP in new buildings could be due to factors such as more efficient ventilation systems or cleaning methods, the researchers said, or perhaps the newer furniture in the building did not contain TDCPP or there hadn't been enough time for it to migrate out of the furniture.

The researchers noted that urine samples were collected during the workday and that TDCPP is quickly metabolized by the body. This may explain the stronger link between the presence of the chemical in the body and the office environment, compared to the workers' homes or vehicles.

"It is currently very difficult to avoid flame retardants. Hopefully, better options will become available in the near future," study co-author Courtney Carignan, a doctoral candidate in environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health, said in a school news release. "Currently, the best advice we have for people is to wash your hands, especially before eating. Dust control, good ventilation and air purifiers may also be useful for reducing personal exposure."

In 2011, California added TDCPP to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, according to the news release. Previous research has suggested that TDCPP is readily absorbed through the skin and gastrointestinal tract and may have harmful effects on the brain and nervous system and on men's fertility and thyroid function.

More information

The Natural Resources Defense Council has more about TDCPP.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Boston University Medical Center, news release, March 25, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Technique Data System Joins Office Gemini as the Newest Reseller in “The Next Phase of Document Management Software Growth”
2. Office workers carry biomarker of potentially harmful flame retardant, study finds
3. Cynthia Koenig Promoted to Executive Vice President-Chief Financial Officer of USHEALTH Group
4. Directors of The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation Select G. Gary Deverman as Chief Development Officer
5. MyoNatural Announces New Offer for Chiropractors and Doctors Offices Around the US
6. Healthesystems Appoints Dr. Robert L. Goldberg as Chief Medical Officer
7. MagicalButter Announces New Chief Financial Officer
8. Make Your Office Green: MinuteHound Software Takes Great Strides Toward Cleaner and Efficient Technology
9. Okyanos Heart Institute’s Chief Medical Officer Speaks at ACC’s Scientific Session
10. Family Medicine Physician Dr. Caracitas Opens Perth Amboy Office
11. Some family physicians offices discriminate against people with low socio-economic status
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Office Workers May Face Exposure to Flame Retardant
(Date:10/13/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate ... people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit ... from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," ... on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United ... the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, ... spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest ... its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. ... Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) ... FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... Sept. 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized ... Ranked as number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s ... Inc. 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found ... Bardisa will soon be honored by SFBJ as the ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017   Montrium , an industry leader ... the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness ... EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF Connect ... management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research organization ... transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced today ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the ... the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis ... are needed to further evaluate the safety of sirukumab ... "We are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: