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Table 2 PBDE concentrations (ng/wipe) on hand-wipes from 9 flight attendants and 1 passenger compared to the general population and office workers

From: Exposure to flame retardant chemicals on commercial airplanes

  Post-flight (this study) General population1 Office workers2
Congener Hand location Pct detect Median Range Median Range GM Range
BDE 47 Palm 100% 4.7 (4.1 - 71) 42 (<DL - 570) 33 (5.7 - 1100)
Back 89% 3.1 (<DL- 29)
BDE 85 Palm 89% 0.3 (<DL - 5.8) 1.3 (<DL - 37) 1 (0.2 - 59)
Back 56% 0.3 (<DL - 2.8)
BDE 99 Palm 100% 7.4 (3.8 - 110) 41 (0.9 - 750) 27 (4.4 - 1400)
Back 100% 5.6 (1.6 - 54)
BDE 100 Palm 100% 1.6 (0.9 - 22) 7.1 (0.08 - 140) 5.3 (0.9 - 260)
Back 100% 1.1 (0.3 - 9.6)
BDE 153 Palm 100% 0.7 (0.4 - 12) 2.6 (<DL - 290) 1.9 (0.3 - 120)
Back 100% 0.3 (0.2 - 5.3)
BDE 154 Palm 89% 0.5 (<DL - 7.5) 2.2 (<DL - 59) 1.7 (0.3 - 99)
Back 67% 0.4 (<DL - 3.7)
BDE 183 Palm 89% 0.9 (<DL - 11) 0.21 (<DL - 8.5) 0.3 (<0.1 - 8.7)
Back 44% 0.3 (<DL - 1.7)
BDE 209 Palm 100% 69 (25–390) 26 (<DL - 270) 12 (<1.0 - 110)
  Back 100% 43 (6.4 - 150)     
  1. 1 Data from [32]; n=33; samples represent total of both hands, sum of palm and back of hand.
  2. 2 Data from [16]; n=31; samples represent total of both hands, sum of palm and back of hand.