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17 January 2017

US workers making BPA have enormous loads of it in them

U.S. workers in industries that use or manufacture bisphenol A (BPA) have, on average, 70 times more of the chemical in their bodies than the general public—levels well above what has been shown to impact reproduction, according to a study published in early January.

In 2013 and 2014, 77 workers at six different companies that make BPA, BPA-resins or BPA-filled wax provided urine samples after two consecutive days at work. The average total BPA in their urine was 70 times higher than a study of U.S. adults in 2013 and 2014, according to the study published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety, the federal agency responsible for preventing workers from job-related injury and illness, led the study.

One worker’s levels spiked up to 18,900 micrograms per gram of BPA in his or her urine at the end of the shift of the second day of work. The median level of BPA in the general public is a little less than 2 micrograms per gram.

In the current study, the authors identified 73 U.S. companies that produce BPA. However 15 did not respond to requests to investigate exposure and 15 said they no longer produced or used BPA. Source: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/

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