Biomonitoring of Polybrominated Dioxins & Furans, Polychlorinated Dioxins & Furans, and Dioxin Like Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Vietnamese Female Electronic Waste Recyclers

Jenevieve S. Peecher, Arnold Stromberg, Helen Lu, Hoang Trong Quynh, Arnold J. Schecte, Jiaying Weng, Riley Crandall, Linda S. Birnbaum

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Abstract

Objective E-waste is rising globally. This is a follow up to our study reporting metals/polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's)/polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in female e-waste recyclers. Here we report polybrominated, polychlorinated dioxins/furans, and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls in these same workers. Methods Female Vietnamese recyclers and non-recyclers recruited; blood samples collected. Polybrominated, polychlorinated dioxins/furans, and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls levels compared in recyclers, non-recyclers, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Results Recyclers >non-recyclers: 12378-PBDD, 2378-TBDF, 12378-PCDF, 123478-HxCDF, 123678-HxCDF, 1234678-HpCDF, PCB-126. Non-recyclers >NHANES: 123478-HxCDF, 123678-HxCDF, 234678- HxCDF, PCB-126, PCB-169. NHANES >non-recyclers: 12378-PCDD, 123478-HxCDD, 123678-HxCDD, 123789-HxCDD, 1234678-HpCDD, 123789-HxCDF, 1234678-HpCDF, 1234789-HpCDF, OCDF, PCB-81, PCB-114, PCB-156, PCB-157, PCB-167, PCB-189. Recyclers >NHANES: S: 2378-TeCDF, 12378-PCDF, 23478-PCDF, 123478-HxCDF, 123678- HxCDF, 234678-HxCDF, PCB-126. NHANES >recyclers: 12378-PCDD, 123478-HxCDD, 123678-HxCDD, 123789-HxCDD, 1234678-HpCDD, OCDD, 123789-HxCDF, 1234678-HpCDF, 1234789-HpCDF, OCDF, PCB- 81, PCB-114, PCB-156, PCB-157, PCB-189. Conclusion 12378 PCDD, 2378-TCDD, PCB 126 makeup most total dioxin equivalences (TEQs) in AQ5 these workers, indicating increased exposure; remediation indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-747
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume64
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sources of Funding: This research was partially funded by the intramural research program of the National Cancer Institute, NIH ZIA BC 011476, Summer Research Scholar Program at University of Louisville, NIH-NIEHS P42ES007380/NIH-NIGMS P20GM103436, and University of Louisville Summer Research Scholars Program Grant.

Publisher Copyright:
© American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Keywords

  • Vietnamese women
  • biomonitoring
  • dioxin like polychlorinated biphenyls
  • electronic waste recycling
  • polybrominated dioxins & furans
  • polychlorinated dioxins & furans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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