Formaldehyde Testing Services For Wood Floors
If you're looking to test your wood flooring for dangerous formaldehyde, as seen in the 60 minutes episode, we can help!
Formaldehyde is a colorless, reactive, strong smelling gas at room temperature. It is referred to as a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) which means it will vaporize or become a gas at room temperature. Elevated levels of Formaldehyde are considered carcinogenic by the CDC and EPA if levels are elevated and prolonged exposure has occurred. For most people, exposure to formaldehyde results in respiratory irritation including coughing, wheezing and other allergy type symptoms.
The most common source of formaldehyde indoors are pressed wood and wood-based products (hardwood plywood, laminate flooring, particle board and medium density fiberboard
To determine if formaldehyde is present at action levels (levels that may become or are a health hazard) testing is conducted to measure the amount of formaldehyde in the air. Industrial Hygiene Services uses the State of California thresholds which are the strictest in the country.
Acceptable sample results must be lower than the chart shown below. If indoor levels exceed the acceptable criteria then steps should be taken to reduce or eliminate the source. If the source is undetermined than the lowest acceptable levels is used.