Perfluoroalkyl acids and their precursors in floor dust of children's bedrooms - Implications for indoor exposure

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Winkens , K , Giovanoulis , G , Koponen , J , Vestergren , R , Berger , U , Karvonen , A M , Pekkanen , J , Kiviranta , H & Cousins , I T 2018 , ' Perfluoroalkyl acids and their precursors in floor dust of children's bedrooms - Implications for indoor exposure ' , Environment International , vol. 119 , pp. 493-502 .

Title: Perfluoroalkyl acids and their precursors in floor dust of children's bedrooms - Implications for indoor exposure
Author: Winkens, Kerstin; Giovanoulis, Georgios; Koponen, Jani; Vestergren, Robin; Berger, Urs; Karvonen, Anne M.; Pekkanen, Juha; Kiviranta, Hannu; Cousins, Ian T.
Contributor organization: Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki
Date: 2018-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Environment International
ISSN: 0160-4120
Abstract: We analysed floor dust samples from 65 children's bedrooms in Finland collected in 2014/2015 for 62 different per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) with a simple and highly efficient method. Validation results from the analysis of standard reference material (SRM) 2585 were in good agreement with literature data, while 24 PFASs were quantified for the first time. In the dust samples from children's bedrooms, five perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) were detected in more than half of the samples with the highest median concentration of 5.26 ng/g for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). However, the dust samples were dominated by polyfluoroalkyl phosphoric acid esters (PAPs) and fluorotelomer alcohols (FTOHs) (highest medians: 53.9 ng/g for 6:2 diPAP and 45.7 ng/g for 8:2 FTOH). Several significant and strong correlations (up to p = 0.95) were found among different PFASs in dust as well as between PFASs in dust and air samples (previously published) from the same rooms. The logarithm of dust to air concentrations (log K-dust/air) plotted against the logarithm of the octanol-air partition coefficient (log K-oa) resulted in a significant linear regression line with R-2 > 0.88. Higher dust levels of PFOS were detected in rooms with plastic flooring material in comparison to wood (p <0.05). Total estimated daily intakes via dust (EDIdust) and air (EDIair) of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAA), including biotransformation of precursors to PFAAs, were calculated for 10.5-year-old children. The total EDIdust, for PFOA and PFOS were estimated to be 0.007 ng/kg bw/day and 0.006 ng/kg bw/day, respectively, in an intermediate exposure scenario. The sum of the total EDIs for all PFAAs was slightly higher for dust than air (0.027 and 0.019 ng/kg bw/day). Precursor biotransformation was generally important for total PFOS intake, while for the PFCAs, FTOH biotransformation was estimated to be important for air, but not for dust exposure.
Subject: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)
Polyfluoroalkyl phosphoric acid ester (PAP)
Fluorotelomer alcohol (FTOH)
Child exposure
Estimated daily intake (EDI)
Standard reference material (SRM 2585)
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
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