“New research from the University of Birmingham in England found that daycare centers and classrooms are a significant source of exposure to flame retardants and polycholorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for children from 1 to 6-years-old….inadvertent dust ingestion is a risk particular for kids who crawl on floors and often stick their fingers in their mouths.
HBCD is one of the biggest concerns. The chemical was detected in all dust samples and levels were significantly higher than those recorded in homes and offices. Even though animal studies have linked HBCD exposure to endocrine disruption, the largely used flame retardant is currently unrestricted in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. While the research is a cause for concern to scientists, the health effects of long term exposure to these toxic chemicals are largely unknown. Though some flame retardants have been shown to adversely affect the nervous system and reproduction.
Levels of PCBs in the UK daycare centers and schools were similar to concentrations reported in UK homes. However, according to Environmental Health News, data suggests the PCB levels in US daycare centers are higher and may pose a bigger threat to kid’s health.”