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High Levels of Formaldehyde Cause Worker Complaints and Unhealthy Environments


EC2 helps Illinois companies identify and find solutions to formaldehyde problems that cause poor indoor environmental quality (IEQ).

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft human health assessment for formaldehyde that focuses on evaluating the potential toxicity of inhalation exposure. Formaldehyde is widely used in many consumer products and common building materials that are all around us and its volatility makes it a significant issue regarding human health.

Formaldehyde is also a by-product of combustion and other processes. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.

The health effects associated with elevated levels of formaldehyde exposure have brought to light the dangers from prolonged and repeated contact with the chemical. The major exposure risks associated with formaldehyde come from occupants inhaling contaminated air. Exposure to elevated levels of formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks, nausea, watery eyes, headaches and difficulty breathing as well as other health effects.

The current “permissible exposure limits” (PELs) for formaldehyde in the workplace are 0.75 parts per million (ppm) as an 8 hour time-weighted average (TWA). This means that exposures for an 8 hour work day should not exceed 0.75 ppm PEL.

When companies in Illinois are faced with formaldehyde problems there is one environmental consulting and inspection service provider with solutions, EC2, Inc. (ec2).
Keeping it simple and focused allows ec2 to resolve indoor and outdoor environmental problems quickly, without major disruption in activities or loss to the customer. This all translates to happy productive employees and safe work environments.

Ed Chambers, the President of ec2 has been leading the way in the greater Chicago area and across the Midwest providing healthy environments for employees and employers. His environmental consulting and building sciences firm has worked to successfully resolve over 4,000 indoor air quality (IAQ) problems across the country.

To learn more about how ec2 can help with IEQ and IAQ problems please visit, email, call (815) 703-9000. Follow ec2 on Twitter at

About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 corporations.


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