New study on exposure to chemicals in dust published in The Journal of Hazardous Material!  The collaborative team was led by Rolf Halden and Jing Chen at Arizona State University, and included Erica Hartmann at Northwestern University and BioBE researchers Jeff Kline and Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg.

Assessment of Human Exposure to Triclocarban, Triclosan and Five Parabens in U.S. Indoor Dust Using Dispersive Solid Phase Extraction Followed by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry


Antimicrobials in indoor dust pose concerns due to their endocrine disrupting activities and potential promotion of antibiotic resistance. We adopted dispersive solid phase extraction (d-SPE) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to quantify antimicrobials in dust. The method showed favorable linearity (R2>0.99), recovery (83–115%), and method detection limits (1.2–5.6 ng/g, dry weight). All seven analytes were found at median concentrations in ng/g in each of the 80 U.S. dust samples collected from athletic facilities and residential homes: methyl paraben (1920) > propyl paraben (965) > triclosan (390) > triclocarban (270) > ethyl paraben (195) > butyl paraben (80) > benzyl paraben (6). Triclosan levels in dust from athletic facilities were significantly higher than those in private homes (p < 0.05). Median estimated daily intake (EDI) of antimicrobials in ng/kg-body weight/d from dust ingestion was lowest for adults (1.9) and higher for more sensitive subpopulations, including infants (19.8), toddlers (23.6), children (11.8) and teenagers (4.6). This first application of d-SPE to the analysis of dust produced U.S. baseline data for triclosan and triclocarban levels in indoor dust just prior to the 2017 Federal ban on use of these trichlorinated aromatics in antiseptic soaps and related personal care products.


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