The Facts about Formaldehyde


The quest to improve air quality within the home has brought the interest of product emissions of formaldehyde to the forefront of this concerning conversation.

Formaldehyde is a colorless, pungent-smelling gas which can be found in an astonishing amount of household products from fuel-burning appliances, paper products and pressed fabrics. However the largest concern today is in regards to the pressed wood flooring industry as formaldehyde is commonly used to create binders, adhesives and glues required for the creation and installation of certain flooring products today.

The problem that arises from installing these products in the home is a condition called off-gassing where formaldehyde emissions are released into the air essentially polluting the home.

Formaldehyde is classified as a "probable carcinogen" and can have an effect on the mucous membrane resulting in a variety of irritable symptoms.

There are measurements in existence today aimed at reducing the amount and type of formaldehyde used in the production of these products. California seems to be the leader in the field having passed a law through the Airborne Toxic's Control Measure (ATCM) which was approved in April of 2008. The first phase of this regulation took place on January 1st, 2009 and the second phase is to take place between 2010 and 2012 where manufacturers are to meet the new standards being set.

Presently the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule amendment regarding the issue based on the numerous amounts of petitions they have received regarding this issue.

If you would like to stay involved in this conversation please visit The EPA Emissions Ruling for more information about the subject and upcoming meetings and their locations.

* Resource - The United States Environmental Protection Agency