Dibenzofuran Exposure: Overview

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has limited information on dibenzofuran. No information is available on the acute (short-term), chronic (long-term), reproductive and developmental, or carcinogenic effects of dibenzofuran in humans or animals.

Occupational exposure may occur through inhalation and skin contact, particularly at sites engaged in coal tar and coal gasification operations.

Dibenzofuran is released to the air from combustion sources. It may be found in coke dust, grate ash, fly ash, and flame soot. The general public may be exposed to dibenzofuran through the inhalation of contaminated air or through the consumption of contaminated drinking water or food. Dibenzofuran has been identified in tobacco smoke.

Dibenzofuran is listed as a pollutant of concern due to its persistence in the environment, potential to bioaccumulate, and toxicity to humans and the environment.

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  1. Toxic & Hazardous Substances
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