Frequent Questions

What are the potential sources of formaldehyde emissions in buildings and how do they affect indoor air quality?

Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Thus, it may be present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers.

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For questions, you can contact your indoor air quality state and regional contact. Each regional office contains documentation and statistics on environmental issues in the states they have jurisdiction over.

See: Indoor Air Quality State and Regional Contact information

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