A new study shows that a dangerous amount of BPA is on thermal paper receipts. And handling them transfers that BPA into your blood and tissues. And using hand sanitizer and many other creams, makeups, and water, can increase your exposure by 100 fold! That’s huge.
Some Suggestions To Reduce Your Exposure To BPA
Working with Thermal Paper Receipts (the smooth shiny kind from most stores)
- Try to avoid them. Get digital copies where possible, or take a picture of it.
- Make sure your hands are dry before signing the receipt.
- Don’t hold receipt for more than 10 seconds in your hand.
- Wear protective gloves when working with receipts.
Mayo Clinic’s Suggestions On Reducing Your Exposure
- Seek out BPA-free products. More and more BPA-free products have come to market. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA. (Mayo Clinic)
- Cut back on cans. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin. (Mayo Clinic)
- Avoid heat. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods. (Mayo Clinic)
- Use alternatives. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers. (Mayo Clinic)
- The Original study in PLOS ONE.
- Chilling and riveting 11 minute interview on Science Friday with the study’s author.
- Mayo Clinic’s Page
- Laboratory Human Testing. Participants in the study either touched thermal paper after using Hand Sanitizer or touched the thermal paper with dry hands, and then ate French Fries. Researchers then had blood analyses done to determine BPA absorption levels. (PLOS ONE).
- Small Sample Size. The test group using Hand sanitizer consisted of three subjects (2 men 1 woman) and the other group consisted of four subjects (2 men and 2 women). (PLOS ONE)