GROUP:

PBDE Family 12


health & safety concerns:
chemicals found
on average indivi-
dual range
entire group
Brain and nervous system 10 9-10 11
Reproduction and fertility 10 9-10 11

Group members:

(2 People)

Naomi Carrigg
Laura Spark


Locations:

Boston, MA



picture of group

Group: PBDE Family 12
Found 11 of 20 tested chemicals (2 participants)

The blood of the "PBDE Family 12" group contained 11 of 20 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals tested, including chemicals linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and fertility problems,

Summary of chemicals found in PBDE Family 12

chemical family level found in group health effects exposure routes
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)50% moderate
50% low
Reproduction and fertility, Brain and nervous system Foam furniture, carpet padding, computers, televisions, contaminated house dust, food

Test results by chemical family (see each chemical)

polybrominated diphenyl ethers (pbdes)

11 of 20 found — see each chemical

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Fire retardants in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulate in human tissues. May harm brain development.

  • geometric mean: 31 ng/g lipids in blood serum (vs. 26.3 in CDC biomonitoring [1])
      [excludes PBDE-154/PBB-153]
  • found in 2 of 2 people in the group (vs. 2,037 of 2,337 in CDC biomonitoring)
  • found in: Laura Spark, Naomi Carrigg
1.11ng/g lipids in blood serum314


Total Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

References/Notes

[1] CDC (2005). National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, Centers for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/. (Methylmercury results have been compared to total mercury in CDC biomonitoring.)