Int J Hyg Environ Health 2021 Sep 18;238:113849. Epub 2021 Sep 18.
VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Unit Health, Boeretang 200, 2400, Mol, Belgium; Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerp, 2610, Wilrijk, Belgium.
To improve our understanding of internal exposure to multiple chemicals, the concept exposure load (EL) was used on human biomonitoring (HBM) data of the 4th FLEHS (Flemish Environment and Health Study; 2016-2020). The investigated chemicals were per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), bisphenols, phthalates and alternative plasticizers, flame retardants, pesticides, toxic metals, organochlorine compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The EL calculates "the number of chemicals to which individuals are internally exposed above a predefined threshold". Read More