Laminate wood flooring may cause serious health issues

By TNT Bureau

Dec 5, 2017:  According to a recent report, being exposed to formaldehyde that are present in laminate flooring may cause serious health issues. It was also revealed that such flooring can pose lifetime cancer risk at a much higher rate than reported earlier.

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What is the buzz all about?

The report was issued by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It says that the issues are precise to laminate wood flooring produced in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators, the very company which boasts of being the biggest retailer of hardwood flooring in the whole of North America.

The new report said that the irritation and breathing issues could happen among those exposed to formaldehyde in the tested laminate flooring. The report also augmented the approximate lifetime cancer risk from breathing the maximum levels of formaldehyde from the pretentious flooring all day, each day for 2 years.

The lifetime cancer risk augmented from the preceding estimate of two to nine additional cases for each 100,000 people to among six and 30 extra cases per 100,000 people. The previous report said that the risk was three times lesser than the risk recognized in the new report.

Formaldehyde from the tested products leads to irritation of the throat, nose and eyes. Breathing issues were also reported in those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as well as asthma.

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Confirmation of the new report and fruitful suggestions

The new report is actually been separately reviewed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency along with experts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Air Resources Board said it took around 2 years to take samples of laminate flooring whereas the exceeded safe levels of formaldehyde even though the labels recognized the products as meeting standards.

Air Resources Board Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said that the California Air Resources Board accepted the ATCM (airborne toxic control measure) to defend the community from toxic exposures to formaldehyde from compound wood products and thus they are enforcing this guideline.

He further stated that they have strengthened their quality assurance procedures, commenced the largest voluntary testing program in the nation’s history and, in May 2015, willingly suspended the sale of all laminate flooring sourced from China.

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