College Students Exposed To Toxic Dust In Dorm Rooms

 Dorm rooms are not known for being clean, but a new study reveals the dust in dorms contains high levels of toxic flame retardants. The study by the non-profit research organization Silent Spring Institute measured dozens of flame retardants in dorm dust samples as wekk as carcinogens, hormone disruptors and chemicals that affect brain function. Flame retardants were commonly added to furniture by manufacturers to meet flammability standards until recently when it was discovered that exposure to flame retardants were linked to cancer, thyroid disease, decreased fertility and lower cognitive scores. Researchers analyzed roughly 100 dust samples collected from two U.S. college campuses in the northeast and found a total of 47 different flame retardant chemicals. The study found that 41 percent of dorm rooms had levels of TDCIPP, a known carcinogen, above health risk screening levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Students and parents can choose upholstered products labeled flame retardant-free to reduce the impact of exposure to toxins in flame retardants. (UPI