April 15, 2017
Media attention regarding emissions of formaldehyde from Chinese-made laminate flooring has led some consumers to ask if there is a risk associated with laminate flooring in their home or business.
We do not yet know if the formaldehyde emissions (also called outgassing or off-gassing) from laminate flooring as reported by the media represent a widespread or limited issue, nor do we know if the levels that have been reported are what building occupants will actually experience.
Chamber tests of flooring samples can produce accurate formaldehyde measurements, but they do not necessarily represent in-home conditions. Accurate evaluation of occupant exposure to formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring in the home is challenging, and individual test results can be misleading without the proper context and interpretation.
This guide is intended to help you decide if you want to investigate a possible indoor formaldehyde problem that you suspect is attributable to laminate flooring. It will be important for you to: