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Environ Sci Technol. 2011 Aug 15;45(16):6716-27. doi: 10.1021/es200925h. Epub 2011 Jul 19.

Organic contamination of settled house dust, a review for exposure assessment purposes.

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  • 1EHESP School of Public Health, Avenue du Professeur Léon Bernard, 35043 Rennes Cedex, France.


People spend a considerable amount of time indoors. As a result, exposure to indoor contaminants is of great concern, notably via settled dust ingestion in particular for infants and toddlers. This paper proposes a critical review on the organic contamination of settled house dust and human exposure over the past 10 years and focused on sources, contaminations and measurement methods (sampling, pretreatment, storage and analysis). As many compounds were identified, arises the question of which ones to consider. Sensitive and selective analytical methods for simultaneous determination of targeted substances should be developed and evaluated. Various methods were described for sampling and sample preparation. Harmonization and standardization are needed to enable comparison of results from similar studies. Finally, an integrated multipollutant and multicompartment (settled dust, suspended particles and air) approach appears essential in order to determine the extent of the threat to public health posed by indoor contaminants.

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