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From Parents Magazine:
10 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid
Here's a look at some of the most dangerous chemicals lurking in your home -- and how you can reduce your child's exposure to them.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (it has been linked to nasal squamous cell cancer)
How to avoid?
Avoid any furniture made of pressboard or MDF.

Here is the link to the Parents Magazine publication:  https://www.parents.com/health/injuries/safety/harmful-chemicals-to-avoid/


NOTE: From the American Cancer Society:
A substance that causes cancer or helps cancer grow is called a "Carcinogen".

The National Toxicology Program (NTP)
dentifies Formaldehyde as "Known to be a human carcinogen"

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Concludes that Formaldehyde is "Carcinogenic to Humans" based on higher risks of nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Classifies Formaldehyde as "A Probably Human Carcinogen"

The National Cancer Institute
Their Researchers Conclude that exposure to Formaldehyde may cause Leukemia, particularly Myeloid Leukemia in Humans.

Here is the link to the American Cancer Society's publication:  https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/formaldehyde.html


Will an organizer made of particle board actually release Formaldehyde Fumes in my Closet?

Quotes from the California EPA:
"For products that are made with formaldehyde based resins or adhesives, rapid off-gassing of formaldehyde occurs initially when the product is made, and over time the formaldehyde emissions decrease."
"An increase in temperature and humidity can increase formaldehyde emissions."
"You may also leave your new product(s) in the garage for a few days to let it off-gas before bringing it inside."
Source: http://www.simplecloset.com/formaldehyde_in_particle_board.htm   or   https://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/consumer_faq.pdf




Some of the major sources of formaldehyde indoors are the off-gassing of urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) and particle board. (See page 8 of this report)










California's EPA report on Particle Board (PB) dated April 26, 2007 confirms:
7,000 kids in the U.S.(23 to 63 per million population*) under 9 years old are estimated to get cancer due to Particle Board Formaldehyde exposure in their home.
As many as 73,000 adults in the U.S. (86 to 231 per million population*) will get cancer in their lifetime due to Particle Board Formaldehyde exposure.
Carb Compliant Particle Board Phase 1 will only reduce the cancer cases by 12 to 35 cases.

*Based on EPA specifically reporting up to 63 kids per million will get cancer (49 million kids under 9 in USA) and 231 adults per million will also get cancer due to particle board (327 million adult population in USA).

Official Statement from The US Government Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry:

How likely is formaldehyde to cause cancer?
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) determined in 2011 that formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen based on sufficient human and animal inhalation studies.
Link: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=219&tid=39  Paragraph 6

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Click here for links to supporting documents confirming the Risks of Particle Board from the US EPA, American Cancer Society, California EPA, Cancer.org, and more.

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