Hexabromocyclodocanes in indoor dust from Canada, United Kingdom and United States

Mohamed Abdallah, Stuart Harrad, Catalina Ibarra de Moore, M Diamond, L Melymuk, M Robson, A Covaci

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alpha-, beta-, and gamma-hexabromocyclododecane diastereomers (HBCDs) were measured in house dust from Birmingham, UK (n = 31, median concentration = 730 ng Sigma HBCDs g(-1)); Amarillo/ Austin, TX (n = 13, 390 ng g(-1)); and Toronto, Canada (n = 8, 640 ng g(-1)). Concentrations in dust (n = 6, 650 ng g(-1)) from UK offices were within the range for UK homes. Concentrations from each country were statistically indistinguishable. In one UK house dust sample, 110,000 ng g(-1) was recorded-the highest recorded in indoor dust to date. While upper bound average UK dietary exposures for adults and toddlers, respectively, are 413 and 240 ng Sigma HBCDs day(-1), UK adults and toddlers daily ingesting, respectively, 50 and 200 mg of dust contaminated at the 95th percentile concentration are exposed, respectively, to 1100 and 4400 ng Sigma HBCDs day(-1). Normalized to body weight, this high-end exposure scenario estimate for toddlers is within the range reported elsewhere for occupationally exposed adults. While in commercial formulations gamma-HBCD predominates (>80%), alpha-HBCD in dust constitutes 14-67% of Sigma HBCDs (average 32%). Hence the predominance of the a-diastereomer in humans may arise partly from dust ingestion, and not solely to in vivo metabolism (when alpha-HBCD is formed from bioisomerization of other diastereomers), or dietary exposure (where alpha-HBCD predominates in most foodstuffs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-464
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2007
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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