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Formaldehyde Exposure

Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/22/2013
Author Paul Cochrane
Title ARB Finds that Formaldehyde Exposure in California is Commonly Linked to Composite Wood Products
Introduction LA Testing offers formaldehyde and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect people from potentially harmful pollutants.

Garden Grove, CA, April 15th, 2013

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (ARB) has evaluated exposure to formaldehyde in California.  ARB has found that one of the significant sources of inhalation exposure to formaldehyde comes from the chemical being emitted from composite wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins.

Just last month, ARB posted a new online document about reducing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.   It states, “Formaldehyde is a colorless gas and is released to the environment from a variety of sources including the combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline and propane, tobacco smoke, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves. It is also found at low levels in natural wood. It is commonly used to make a variety of products including resins that are used as adhesives in composite wood products. It is also found in many other products, including some furniture coatings, permanent press clothing and linens, wallpaper, carpet products, and personal care products such as nail hardeners. Health effects can include nose and throat irritation, a burning sensation of the eyes, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and can trigger asthma symptoms in those with asthma. Sensitive individuals may experience fatigue, headache, and nausea. Formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen.”

One company that has been helping manufacturers test their products for formaldehyde emissions and assisting people to test their indoor air quality is LA Testing.  “In California, formaldehyde is an identified toxic air contaminant,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility.   “LA Testing provides advanced analytical testing procedures for formaldehyde off gassing and for its presence in indoor environments,” he continued.

LA Testing has sponsored a video about the hazards associated with formaldehyde in indoor environments, it can be seen at:

To learn more about testing for formaldehyde or other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. 

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.

LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.  LA Testing has laboratories throughout California to service commercial clients and government agencies as well as the general public.

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