A review of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in the indoor environment occurrence in consumer products, indoor air and dust

Luisa Lucattini*, Giulia Poma, Adrian Covaci, Jacob de Boer, Marja H. Lamoree, Pim E.G. Leonards

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Abstract

As many people spend a large part of their life indoors, the quality of the indoor environment is important. Data on contaminants such as flame retardants, pesticides and plasticizers are available for indoor air and dust but are scarce for consumer products such as computers, televisions, furniture, carpets, etc. This review presents information on semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in consumer products in an attempt to link the information available for chemicals in indoor air and dust with their indoor sources. A number of 256 papers were selected and divided among SVOCs found in consumer products (n = 57), indoor dust (n = 104) and air (n = 95). Concentrations of SVOCs in consumer products, indoor dust and air are reported (e.g. PFASs max: 13.9 μg/g in textiles, 5.8 μg/kg in building materials, 121 ng/g in house dust and 6.4 ng/m3 in indoor air). Most of the studies show common aims, such as human exposure and risk assessment. The main micro-environments investigated (houses, offices and schools) reflect the relevance of indoor air quality. Most of the studies show a lack of data on concentrations of chemicals in consumer goods and often only the presence of chemicals is reported. At the moment this is the largest obstacle linking chemicals in products to chemicals detected in indoor air and dust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-482
Number of pages17
JournalChemosphere
Volume201
Early online date27 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Consumer products
  • Indoor air
  • Indoor dust
  • SVOCs

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