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A seemingly harmless substance is now causing harmful health issues in the American office and workplace.  Dust.  A recent EPA study has found that dust can be laced with a dangerous flame retardant chemical referred to as PBDEs.  While flame retardants can save lives and property, numerous epidemiologic studies have linked exposure to PBDEs to serious heath risks.

Prior to 2005 PBDE compounds were used in the fabrication of items such as furniture foam, carpet pads and electronics - all of which are found in your common office space.  Here's the down side - continuous exposure to PBDEs has been linked to impaired fertility in both women and men.

Although PBDEs are no longer used to make new goods, items bought before 2005 are likely to contain them.  Here's the up side - you can decrease your risk to these substances by washing your hands regularly, and whenever possible stay away from products containing PBDEs.

In addition to PBDE traces found in the workplace there is often concern for what shows up in your home.  Are your children exposed to this dangerous elemental threat as well?  Chances are, yes.

Here is what the US Environmental Health Agency (EPA) is doing about PBDEs,

EPA is engaged in the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP), working with chemical manufacturers to provide data to enable the public to understand the potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical exposures. Through VCCEP, industry-sponsored risk assessments for pentaBDE, octaBDE and decaBDE were developed to evaluate the potential risks to children and prospective parents from potential exposure scenarios. In September 2005, EPA released its Data Needs Decision documents on PBDEs. EPA has requested manufacturers to provide the needed data by volunteering to conduct fate and transport tests with decaBDE and 2-generation reproductive toxicity tests with pentaBDE and octaBDE.

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