Due to the use of PCBs (for their fire resistant properties) the electrical and power generation industries are particularly susceptible or even influential with PCB
What are Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)?
Why Protect Yourself from PCBs?
They’ve made their way into our rivers, air, and soil, contaminating wildlife, our drinking water and even places we visit regularly. Short-term exposure to PCBs can irritate the eyes or cause skin conditions. Over an extended period of time, high levels of PCBs can cause:
- Respiratory tract symptoms
- Developmental issues
- Liver and gastrointestinal complications
- Neurobehavioral and immunological changes in children
- Reduced fertility in women
- Reduced birth weights of babies exposed as fetuses
Danger lurks where you least expect it
Understanding the dangers of PCBs
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of man-made organic chemicals that were manufactured from 1929 to 1979. Due to their non-flammability, chemical stability, high boiling point, and electrical insulating properties, they were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications.
Lack of maintenance of older electrical equipment, illegal dumping of PCB waste and burning of PCB equipment in landfills may expose us to these chemicals by contaminating our food sources and air.
How To Reduce Exposure
Watch out for the following as they may produce PCBs
Protecting yourself and your loved ones are simpler than you think! Watch out for these common items found at home that may contain PCBs.
Exposure due to direct contact with PCB equipment and contaminated material
Due to the use of PFOS/PFAS in firefighting foams this industry is particularly susceptible or even influential with PFAS related contamination issues
Recreational use of potentially contaminated areas (where fire-fighting foam was used – including fire-fighting practice areas) can expose children to contamination