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Expanded PFAS Exposure Assessments in Pennsylvania Communities

June 04, 2020


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic compounds found in a variety of household and industrial products. The two most studied compounds in this family, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), have been associated with a range of health concerns. The following webinar recording describes follow-up work by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) to further characterize PFAS exposures in affected Pennsylvania communities.

The webinar focuses on PADOH’s expanded work in 2019 following their initial exposure assessment that utilized CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s PFAS Exposure Assessment Technical Tools (PEATT). The PEATT is a model protocol for health agencies interested in measuring human PFAS exposures through drinking water sources. The expanded work includes further sampling of the original study population. Household dust, tap water, and urine samples were collected to further assess exposures to specific PFAS.

In this webinar, PADOH shares insights on planning and implementation of this project as well as results and lessons learned along the way.

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