Table 3 Central tendency and maximum PBDE concentrations in air (ng/m3) in occupational and home environments reported in the peer-reviewed literature.

From: Air concentrations of PBDEs on in-flight airplanes and assessment of flight crew inhalation exposure

Location Country Reference BDE 47 BDE 99 BDE 100 BDE 183 BDE 209
Industry
 Electronics recycling facility (shredders on) USA Cahill et al.45 a 2.4 (na) 2.5 (na) 0.34 (na) 33 (na) 600 (na)
 Electronics recycling facility (dismantlers) Sweden Pettersson-Julander et al.39 b 3.4 (16) 5.5 (25) 0.6 (2.6) 5.1 (32) 25 (61)
 Electronics recycling facility (dismantling hall) Sweden Sjödin et al.41 a 1.2 (2.1) 2.6 (5.5) 0.25 (0.52) 19 (44) 36 (70)
 Electronics recycling facility (shredder) Sweden Sjödin et al.41 a 2.1 (2.1) 4.3 (4.5) 0.59 (0.61) 86 (87) 175 (200)
 Electronic waste storage facility (shredders on) Thailand Muenhor et al.40 c 2.4 (2.9) 2.5 (3.2) 0.34 (0.45) na (na) 615 (830)
Offices/laboratories
 Electronics recycling facility (not in dismantling hall) Sweden Pettersson-Julander et al.39 b 0.48 (0.64) 0.92 (0.92) 0.21 (0.21) 0.2 (0.25) na (na)
 Computer laboratory USA Cahill et al.45 a 1.1 (na) 0.24 (na) 0.10 (na) na (na) 0.06 (na)
 Circuit board assembly facility (circuit board assembly) Sweden Sjödin et al.41 a 0.35 (0.39) 0.15 (0.15) 0.04 (0.06) 0.05 (0.11) 0.22 (0.32)
 Office with computers Sweden Sjödin et al.41 a <0.1 (<0.1) <0.06 (<0.06) <0.01 (<0.01) 0.01 (0.01) 0.08 (0.09)
 Offices UK Harrad et al.46 0.69 (7.1) 0.17 (6.5) 0.06 (1.5) na (na) na (na)
Residences
 Residences UK Harrad et al.46 c 0.09 (1.3) 0.03 (0.21) <0.01 (0.08) na (na) na (na)
 Residences USA Allen et al.31 b 0.23 (1.4) 0.11 (0.88) 0.02 (0.18) <0.01 (<0.01) 0.17 (1.6)
 Residences Canada Wilford et al.47 c 0.07 (1.6) 0.02 (0.89) <0.01 (0.16) na (na) na (na)
  1. Abbreviations: na, not available; PBDE, polybrominated diphenyl ether.
  2. aCentral tendency reported as the mean.
  3. bCentral tendency reported as the geometric mean.
  4. cCentral tendency reported as the median.