Due to its endocrine toxicity, Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been substituted by Bisphenol-S (BPS). BPA is found in the indoor air of homes and offices and its replacement has introduced BPS into our daily lives.
Is the indoor air polluted by Bisphenol-S?
Plastics are very common in homes and offices: floor coverings, furniture coatings, food containers, boxes, electronic equipment, etc.
A study published in 2012 showed the presence of BPS in dust samples collected in 4 countries: United States, China, Korea and Japan. A significant proportion of the apartments, houses, offices and shops studied were polluted by BPS. Concentrations ranging from 0.83 ng/g to 26.6 µg/g were measured.
Bisphenol-S is a pollutant of serious concern in indoor air.
These results show that risks of exposure to BPS exist, particularly for the most contaminated indoor environments. Testing indoor air pollution with Bisphenol-S is essential to limit the health risks of exposure to this endocrine disruptor.
How to measure indoor air pollution by Bisphenol-S?
BPS is a Semi-Volatile Organic Compound (COSV). Once released from the plastic the BPS sticks to dust particles. Inhalation of dust inside buildings exposes occupants to Bisphenol-S. Dust settles on the ground and on objects. Young children are therefore at a much higher risk of being exposed to this endocrine disruptor by ingestion because they often put their hands in their mouths.
A dust analysis can be used to assess indoor air pollution by Bisphenol-S
The measurement of BPS in dust makes it possible to determine the level of pollution and to evaluate the exposure of the occupants. You should be particularly vigilant about exposure to endocrine disrupters if you are pregnant, have an infant, baby or young children.
What is the health impact of chronic exposure to BPS?
BPS is an endocrine disrupting chemical that has an impact on fertility and fetal development. These properties are recognized by the European Union under the REACH regulation.
It is in the womb and in the early years of life that a child is most sensitive to Bisphenol-S.
The regulations do not protect consumers from the health effects of BPS. It is up to consumers to act to limit the effects of chronic exposure to this endocrine disrupting pollutant. As we spend 80% of our time in buildings and in particular in homes, it is essential to measure indoor air pollution.
The YOOTEST Integral Plasticizer analysis kit is a test to determine the presence of Bisphenol-S in the indoor environment of flats, houses and offices. YOOTEST solutions have been designed to be easy to use and to benefit from the reliability of a laboratory that is an expert in dust analysis.