Contaminant Guidebook

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IES Citizen Contaminant Guidebook

The IES Citizen Contaminant Guidebook is a compilation of peer-reviewed, scientific research on selected contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). Each chapter focuses on a specific contaminant found in household or personal care products.  Chemical relevance, human and environmental health impacts, environmental persistence, regulatory status and alternatives are researched for each contaminant.

The Contaminant Guidebook contains chapters on the following household environmental toxins:Household Environmental Toxins

  • Alkylphenol surfactants (nonylphenol and octylphenol)
  • BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole)
  • BPA (Bisphenol A)
  • Caffeine
  • DEET (Diethylmetatouluamide)
  • Parabens
  • Oxybenzone
  • Triclosan

Contaminants in the Guidebook are targeted based on their ability to be detected and analyzed, and the possibility of reducing prevalence by inducing behavior change in users. Their rate of occurrence, fate, and consequences to human and ecological health are poorly understood, but suspected to be adverse. Contaminants will also be targeted based on an evaluation of their relative toxicity, abundance, government regulation or lack thereof, current scientific findings, and level of public awareness.

The IES CEC Team stays current with scientific research regarding contaminants of emerging concern to determine additional contaminants that should be added to the Guidebook.