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Is Your Furniture Emitting Formaldehyde?

EMSL Analytical is a national leader in indoor air quality testing, including formaldehyde off-gassing detection


Did you know that furniture and building materials may release noxious gas into air? The process, known as off-gassing, can pose a serious threat to a family’s health as they breathe in volatile chemicals.
Major sources of one such chemical, formaldehyde, are pressed wood products manufactured with adhesive resins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The resins contain formaldehyde, which is then emitted into the air and can cause watery eyes, irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat, wheezing, nausea, fatigue, skin rash, difficulty breathing, and severe allergic reactions. Concentrations higher than 10 parts per billion (ppb) may cause adverse health effects in some individuals. Formaldehyde is also known to cause cancer in animals and may be carcinogenic in humans as well.
Pressed wood products made with the toxic resins often include wall paneling, particleboard, fiberboard, and furniture. Other sources of formaldehyde that could affect indoor air quality are urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), tobacco smoke, combustion sources, durable press drapes, other textiles, and glues, notes the EPA.
“EMSL Analytical is one of the country’s foremost indoor air quality testing laboratories and offers a great deal of expertise in testing for formaldehyde off-gassing,” states Scott Van Etten, CIH, National Director of Industrial Hygiene at EMSL. “Moreover, we have a network of over 30 laboratories from coast to coast to serve our clients locally.”
For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit, or email
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.



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