Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP)
Posted August 2017
Why am I being warned about potential exposure to BBP?
What is BBP?
- BBP is an oily liquid that belongs to a family of chemicals called phthalates, which are added to some plastics to make them flexible.
- BBP is used in various consumer products, including:
- Some vinyl flooring, sealants, and paints.
- Some handbags, belts, footwear and other artificial leather items that are made with polyvinyl chloride (commonly referred to as vinyl).
- California law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of children’s toys and child care articles containing BBP at levels greater than 0.1%. US law has a similar prohibition.
How does exposure to BBP occur?
- BBP can be gradually released from consumer products and is found at low levels in indoor environments such as homes, schools, day care centers, and offices.
- During pregnancy, BBP can pass from mother to baby.
How can I reduce my exposure to BBP?
- Avoid plastics known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl (with recycle code 3).
- Minimize exposure to dust, which can contain BBP:
- Wash your hands and your child’s hands frequently, especially before preparing food and eating.
- Clean your floors regularly, using a wet mop if possible, or a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Wipe up dust regularly, using a damp cloth.
For more information:
Scientific Information on BBP
- US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institute of Health (NIH), National Toxicology Program (NTP)
- National Library of Medicine (NLM), Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP)