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Formaldehyde Exposure

Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is one of the most prolific volatile chemicals found in the indoor environment. It has many known sources, and recent events have identified flooring and furniture made with pressed wood products such as particleboard and fiberboard as key contributors to airborne levels. Although some regulations address the release of formaldehyde from raw manufactured boards, there is no consistent guidance available to consumers in purchasing finished products or acceptable levels for their homes. In 2016, UL Chemical Safety Research brought together key stakeholders to discuss this issue, identifying significant confusion in the marketplace. This group will reconvene in the fall of 2017 and work toward developing a homeowner guidance document and online tool for assessing laboratory data they might receive.