Agent Name

Decabromodiphenyl ether

CAS Number




Major Category

Other Classes


1,1'-Oxybis(2,3,4,5,6-pentabromobenzene); AFR 1021; Adine 505; BDE 209; BDE-209; BR 55N; Berkflam B 10E; Bis(pentabromophenyl) ether; Bis(pentabromophenyl)ether; Bromkal 82-0DE; Bromkal 83-10DE; Caliban F/R-P 39P; DB 10; DB 101; DB 102; DE 83; DP 10F; De 83R; Decabrom; Decabromobiphenyl ether; Decabromobiphenyl oxide; Decabromodiphenyl ether; Decabromodiphenyl oxide; Decabromophenyl ether; EB 10; EB 10FP; EB 10W; EB 10WS; EBR 700; Ether, decabromodiphenyl; F/R-P 53; FR 10; FR 10 (ether); FR 300; FR 300BA; FR-PE; FR-PE(H); FRP 53; Fire Cut 83D; Flame Cut 110R; Flame Cut Br 100; Nonnen DP 10; Nonnen DP 10(F); PBED 209; Pentabromophenyl ether; Planelon DB; Planelon DB 100; Planelon DB 101; Plasafety EB 10; Plasafety EBR 700; Saytex 102; Saytex 102E; Tardex 100; Benzene, 1,1'-oxybis(2,3,4,5,6-pentabromo-; [ChemIDplus] DBDPO; DBDPE; [AIHA]


Halogenated Polyaromatics


White solid; [HSDB] Faintly beige powder; [MSDSonline]


Used in high impact polystyrene and other polymers; Used as a flame retardant in thermoplastic resins, thermoset resins, textiles, and adhesives; [HSDB] Used as flame retardants since the 1970s in carpet lining, mattresses, chairs and sofas (polyurethane foam), and casings for televisions and computers; 209 congeners of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) exist, but only 13 are usually found in commercial mixtures; Electronic recycling workers have increased blood levels; [Reference #1]


A skin, eye, mucous membrane, and respiratory tract irritant; May cause kidney and liver injury; [CAMEO] Low acute oral toxicity in animal experiments; [HSDB] An irritant; Targets spleen, thyroid, liver, and kidneys; [MSDSonline] Practically nontoxic on acute toxicity testing; Not considered a reproductive hazard; Lesions of the liver, kidney, and thyroid gland in high-dose, subchronic feeding studies of rats; [AIHA] In high-dose animal experiments, polybrominated diphenyls (PBDEs) cause increased cancer, reproductive toxicity, and behavioral changes. Several human studies found associations between PBDE serum levels and reproductive adverse effects. [Reference #1]

Reference Link

A newly recognized occupational hazard for US electronic recycling facility workers: polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Exposure Assessment



5 mg/m3

Vapor Pressure

4.67E-12 mm Hg

Adverse Effects

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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