Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million).
New York, NY – A CBS 60 Minutes investigation narrated by Anderson Cooper found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde that may not meet health and safety standards. CBS’s “60 Minutes” said it tested Lumber Liquidators’ flooring in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York for levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. “Out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards. Some were more than 13x over the California limit,” according to CBS.
The Air Resources Board (ARB) evaluated formaldehyde exposure in California and found that one of the major sources of exposure is from inhalation of formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins.
Lumber Liquidators, which has about 350 locations in North America, features solid and engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, laminate and resilient vinyl. The company also provides flooring enhancements and accessories to complement, install and maintain floors.
President and Chief Executive Officer Robert M. Lynch said in a statement. He said Lumber Liquidators has delivered on those priorities — “Quality and safety have always been top priorities for our associates and our customers, …and we will continue to invest in these important areas as we move forward.”
What is Formaldehyde:
Formaldehyde (HCHO) is considered a strong irritant and potent sensitizer. Inhalation of large amount of HCHO can cause severe irritation of the upper respiratory tract and death. Data from human exposures indicate that exposure to large concentrations of HCHO gas may lead to pulmonary edema. Even HCHO gas present in the workroom at concentrations of 1 to 11 ppm can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. Formaldehyde has the potential to cause cancer in humans.
Sources of formaldehyde in the home include building materials, pressed wood products (hardwood plywood wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard) and furniture made with these pressed wood products. Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Combustion sources and environmental tobacco smoke. Durable press drapes, other textiles, and glues.
What about Health Effects of Formaldehyde:
Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. May cause cancer. May also cause other effects listed under “organic gases.”
What are the Concentration levels:
|0.5 to 2 ppm
||eyes, nose and throat irritation
|3 to 5 ppm
||tearing of the eyes
|10 to 20 ppm
||difficult breathing, nose and throat burning, cough, heavy tearing of the eyes
|25 to 30 ppm
||severe respiratory tract injury
immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH)
Monitoring for Formaldehyde
Indoor air quality is a very site-specific issue and should be monitored as such. Some factors affecting the frequency of monitoring and the types of testing employed are size, location, occupant characterization, activity level and categorization, and, of course, complaints logged.
Typical commercial space monitoring occurs monthly or quarterly, while residential monitoring may be done on a seasonal basis. Any real estate, commercial and or residential, that is being bought or sold should be evaluated.
How can I measure Formaldehyde?
Vapor monitor badges, such as the Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC), have been used over 25 years by VA, Armed Forces, many health care facilities, and by some of the largest industrial corporations throughout the world as well as consumers
The Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC) monitoring benefits include:
Formaldyhyde Test Kit
- Can be used to measure personal exposure or room exposure in homes, businesses or industry
- Easy to use and inexpensive
- Data validated for accuracy
- Analyzed by a AIHA accredited lab
- Meets OSHA accuracy Requirements
- Patented product (badges)
- Written report
Where can I purchase the Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOCS)?
The Formaldehyde Screen Check can be purchased at a number of distributors nationally such as www.IndoorAirTest.com, Grainger, Ferguson Supply, Yandle-Witherspoon Supply, or other on-line dealers.
Additional IAQ Screen Check products are available: Mold Screen Check, Fiberglass Screen Check, Dust Mite Screen Check, Organic Vapor Screen, FAST Screen Check, RAPID Screen Check, and Allergen Screen Check among others.
Who Should Use Formaldehyde Screen Check (FOSC) ?
- Real Estate Professionals
- Insurance Claim Adjusters
- Flooring/carpet manufacturers
- Industrial Hygienists
- HVAC Engineers
- Building Managers
- Facility Managers
- Facility Operators
- Government Officials
- County, City, and State Officials
- Building Maintenance Supervisors
- Test and Balance Professionals
- School and Plant Operators
- Hospital Engineers
For additional information you can contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director, EDLab, Pure Air Control Services 1-800-422-7873 ext 303 or visit the web site at www.pureaircontrols.com.
To discuss a more comprehensive environmental formaldehyde | IAQ assessment of your building or home call the credentialed professional indoor environmental consultants at Pure Air Control Services-Building Sciences team at 800-422-7873, ext. 802.
About the parent company:
Pure Air Control Services, founded in 1984 by Alan Wozniak, President/CEO in what began as a small mechanical contracting business has grown into an award winning, industry leading indoor air quality (IAQ) service company serving many fortune 500 corporations, school boards, county, city, state and federal governments and consumers across the US. The firm has serviced over 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.
Pure Air Control Services nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Duct Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.
The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station – King’s Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.
For more information on the Pure Air Control Services IAQ product/service offerings call 1-800-422-7873 and ask for Alan Wozniak ext 802
About Building Health Check LLC:
Building Health Check sets the industry standard for IAQ DIY kits, testing equipment, and laboratory analysis. Building Health Check has affiliations with EDLab and Accustar Labs. Building Health Checks, LLC’s expanding client roster includes: Hunter Fans, WW Grainger, Progressive Insurance, USACE, Southern California Schools JPA, VA Medical Center, Broward General Healthcare, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; and, CB Richard Ellis and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Building Health Check, LLC the reliable industry leader in DIY IAQ testing.
For more information on Building Health Check, LLC or EDLab please contact Chris Lane, at (800) 422-7873 303 or visit www.indoorairtest.com