AIHA Releases Formaldehyde Emissions Guide and Fact Sheet

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released two new educational materials focused on formaldehyde, specifically formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring. The two documents, Laminate Flooring Outgassing: Technical Guidance and Formaldehyde: Is It a Problem in My Home?, were created by AIHA’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee Task Force on laminate flooring formaldehyde outgassing.

With recent heightened media attention and pending litigation surrounding potential formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring produced in China, these documents were created to provide practical information for consumers and industry professionals alike.

The technical guidance is an advanced document geared toward industry professionals. AIHA’s IEQ Committee states, “This technical guidance is intended for industrial hygiene professionals with the formal education, training and experience necessary to collect samples capable of measuring indoor concentrations of formaldehyde in a manner that allows meaningful interpretation.”

The fact sheet was developed with the consumer in mind. It serves as a resource for consumers who suspect that formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring in their home may be a danger. The document provides information about:

  • What formaldehyde is and its common sources in indoor air.
  • Possible health concerns in its usage in laminate flooring.
  • What can be done if laminate flooring is subject to formaldehyde outgassing.
  • Additional resources about formaldehyde and laminate flooring.

Both documents are now part of AIHA’s Formaldehyde Resource Center.

To access the AIHA members-only Laminate Flooring Outgassing: Technical Guidance, log in with member credentials.

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