Investigation of health risks to children from exposures to chemicals in Coloring markers Published
The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health Opens a New Window. (CERCH) is collaborating with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) Opens to study children’s exposure to chemical ingredients in markers used in California classrooms and homes. OEHHA is funding this effort and providing toxicological expertise.
As part of the project, the agency asked volunteers to complete a brief survey about markers used by children at school or at home. OEHHA notes that the survey is now closed, but the input on this survey helped the agency to determine the types of markers included in the study.
OEHHA announced that the first paper with study results is published
First paper with study results now published: OEHHA measured the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from markers commonly used by children. The agency found that permanent and dry erase markers had an average total VOC emissions more than 400 times higher than highlighters and washable markers. In the next, The next phase of OEHHA’s study will be examining potential health risks to children from these VOC exposures. To access the abstract for this publication click here. Please contact Shoba Iyer for a pdf of the complete publication. OEHHA may in the future continue publishing other art hazard studies that impact children’s health.