Formaldehyde (CH2O) News

  • New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico

    In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.  Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture building materials ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Reducing Indoor Exposure to Formaldehyde in New York and the Tri-State Area

    Just last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products produced domestically or imported. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.  As far back as 1987, the EPA ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Chinese Laminate Flooring Creates Formaldehyde Exposure Concerns across Texas

    On March 1st, “60 Minutes” broadcast a report about Chinese-made laminate flooring that has been found to emit high levels of formaldehyde.  The show interviewed experts who had tested over 150 boxes of the laminate flooring bought at multiple locations across California from one of the largest flooring stores in the United States.  They found the products emitted an average ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Be Safe During the Bird Flu Epidemic

    Following a case of bird flu being confirmed at a duck breeding farm in the village of Nafferton, East Yorkshire, various poultry farmers will all be on high alert after the poultry market declared a high risk. In East Yorkshire, some 6,000 birds will be culled and a 10km (6 mile) exclusion zone is in place around the farm to prevent further spread of the virus H5N8. Emergency measures to contain ...


    By a1-cbiss

  • The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen

    Earlier this month, the National Research Council, a part of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, issued its assessment of formaldehyde’s ability to cause cancer.  In the report, the council upheld the listing of formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” from the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • West Virginia officials dispute formaldehyde claim

    State officials and a water company strongly disputed a scientist's claim Wednesday that residents were likely breathing in traces of formaldehyde while showering after the chemical spill, saying the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures. The dispute between the scientist and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Odors from New Carpeting can Create Indoor Air Quality Problems for Some Building Occupants

    New carpeting offers an affordable and attractive flooring solution for many residential and commercial properties. In fact, billions of square feet of carpeting are installed in the United States each year. Like many other household materials and furnishings, new carpeting can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpets can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • US Labor Department`s OSHA cites Wisconsin`s Castalloy Inc. for exposing its foundry workers to coal tar pitch and formaldehyde

    Castalloy Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 safety and health violations as the result of a follow-up inspection at the company's Waukesha foundry on Nov. 28, 2012. The inspection found two repeat violations for allowing workers to be exposed to coal tar pitch volatiles in excess of permissible exposure limits and failing to ...

  • Formaldehyde rules pass through White House

    The White House finished the review on Monday of two proposed rules that govern standards for formaldehyde emissions from certain types of wood products, such as plywood and particleboard.  The legislation asks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not only create the emission standards – but also craft regulations to create a third-party compliance system. Formaldehyde is a ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Formaldehyde Banned from Children’s Products in Minnesota

    State representatives in Minnesota have voted to ban formaldehyde, a cancer causing chemical, from children’s personal care products in an effort to protect children from toxic chemicals. The ban was approved after a 113-13 vote on Friday. This ban will prohibit companies from intentionally using formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in products intended for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Office Building Requires Tenants to Forgo Office Furnishings that Emit Formaldehyde & VOCs

    Earlier this month, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal published a report about Seattle’s new Bullitt Center. The Bullitt Center is a project of the Bullitt Foundation and is being called the greenest commercial building in the world. The six-story commercial building encompasses 50,000 square feet of space and offers sustainable features such as solar and onsite ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde Exposure from Temporary Housing Costs Manufacturers $42.6 million

    According to NBC News, a federal judge inNew Orleans has approved a class-action lawsuit’s settlement of $42.6 million for residents of temporary housing units that were distributed to Hurricane Katrina victims and emitted hazardous levels of formaldehyde. Residents began experiencing various health effects, such as headaches, nosebleeds, and difficulty breathing, while living in the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde in Many Home Products can Lead to Human Health Risks

    In August of this year, it was announced that Johnson & Johnson would remove several potentially harmful chemicals from its personal care products by 2015.  The list of chemicals includes formaldehyde.   The decision was applauded by many health advocates and indoor air quality professionals who are regularly called upon to test for chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in people’s ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Formaldehyde Hazards Lurk in Many Homes and Offices

    Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products.  Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes.   In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be from pressed wood products made using ...

  • Formaldehyde to be Removed from All Johnson and Johnson Products

    According to The New York Times, Johnson and Johnson has voluntarily decided to remove potentially harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, from all of their personal care products by the end of 2015. Upon this announcement, Johnson and Johnson has become the first major personal care product company to make this extensive commitment. Previously, the company stated that they ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Australia upgrades formaldehyde from class 3 to class 2 carcinogen

    Safe Work Australia, a government statutory agency, has changed formaldehyde's carcinogen classification from category 3 (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect) to category 2 (may cause cancer by inhalation), basing its decision on a 2006 assessment by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (Nicnas). Manufacturers and importers need to consider this amendment ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Ontario Residents Warned of Formaldehyde Dangers

    North Bay residents on a private water system near Trout Lake in Ontario were warned last month not to drink the water.  The warning followed an accident that caused a tanker truck to crash and spill its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake which provides drinking water for some area residents. The driver of the crash died and investigators are working to determine if he died because of the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Homeowners Warned of Formaldehyde Exposure Following Chemical Spill

    Last month, residents of North Bay in Ontario were warned of potential formaldehyde dangers in their home.  This resulted following a tanker truck crash that spilled its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake that provides drinking water for many area residents.  The truck driver died during the accident and investigators are working to determine if his death was caused by the accident or ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Are People Unwittingly Releasing Formaldehyde with Air Fresheners?

    National Geographic recently posted a story on their website regarding air fresheners.  “Earth-Friendly & Organic Air Fresheners” discusses both traditional air fresheners and eco-friendly options today’s consumers have available.   The article highlights concerns over traditional air fresheners that millions of Americans have in their homes, offices and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Testing finds Formaldehyde levels above national standards in most homes.

    Testing by Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association found that four out of every five home tested in the city exceeded the national safety standards for airborne formaldehyde. "It's hard to eliminate formaldehyde from the home since it's in paints, glues and household furniture," said Li Wei, secretary general of the association. "Even qualified items will still contain the ...


    By PPM Technology

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