Full list of chemicals detected
All 57 chemicals detected by wristbands in the week in chemicals project
Chemicals formed from the incomplete burning of coal, oil, gas, garbage, or other organic substances. Most chemicals included in this category are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Chemicals in Personal Care Products
Chemicals added to personal care products (e.g., lotions, soaps, and cosmetics), such as preservatives and antimicrobials. Plasticizers and fragrances (see below) are excluded from this category.
Chemicals added to a variety of materials, including textiles, electronics, plastics, and foam to reduce flammability.
- 2,2’,4,6’-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE 51)
- Tributyl phosphate (TBP)
- Triphenyl phosphate (TPP)
- Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
- Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP)
- Tris(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate (TEHP)
Chemicals with an inherent odor. These chemicals are often added to personal care products, cleaning products, food products, and more.
Chemicals designed to kill, repel, or mitigate any pest (insects, rodents, weeds, fungi, and microorganisms). This category excludes antimicrobials designed for use in personal care products.
- Methoprene II
- Piperonyl butoxide
- 5-isopropyl-3-methylphenol (“Promecarb artifact”)
Chemicals used to provide plasticity and flexibility to plastics, such as polyvinylchloride (PVC). This category includes phthalate chemicals, which are added a variety products including construction materials, personal care products, toys, food packaging, medical devices, and more.
- Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
- Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
- Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
- Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP)
- Di-n-nonyl phthalate
- Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)
The “Other” category includes food additives, tobacco derivatives, chemical intermediates, and chemicals that cannot be classified due to many overlapping functions.
Note: Chemicals are categorized by their primary function. Many chemicals have several functions.
For a list of all chemicals classified as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBTs) see here.
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- “Worried about toxic chemicals? This band exposes them,” USA Today [news article]
- Merkley urges senate vote on chemical safety bill [press release]
- KWG Portland “Researchers track daily exposure to chemicals” [video]
- KWG Portland “Chemical testing bracelet detects toxic, banned substances” [video]