How can I be exposed to PFAS?

PFAS can be found in the environment near facilities where they are made or in areas where products containing PFAS are often used. PFAS may be found in contaminated drinking water, food, indoor dust, some consumer products, and workplaces. Most exposures occur through consuming contaminated food or water. Only a small amount of PFAS can get into your body through your skin, so very little PFAS exposure occurs during swimming, bathing, or showering in water contaminated with PFAS. Although some types of PFAS are no longer used, many products such as food packaging, firefighting foam, and stain-resistant treatments still contain PFAS.

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1. What is PFAS?
2. What are the health advisory levels for PFAS compounds?
3. What is the difference between an interim and final health advisory level?
4. Will EPA release an enforceable regulation for GenX in drinking water?
5. How do I know if my drinking water contains PFAS?
6. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water. Is it safe to drink?
7. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Can I shower, bathe, wash clothes/dishes, water my plants, etc.?
8. Can I use my water to mix my babies’ formula?
9. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Is it safe for pets or animals?
10. What health effects should I be worried about?
11. How can I be exposed to PFAS?
12. What can I do to reduce my exposures to PFAS?
13. Is there one location where PFAS studies are summarized?