New flooring? Concerned about formaldehyde fumes in your home?

Examples of composite wood flooring that could emit formaldehyde fumes.If you were exposed to formaldehyde fumes in your workplace, your employer would be required to explain the risks to you and provide appropriate safety equipment.


Formaldehyde, an industrial chemical with many uses in composite wood and polymer products, is considered by NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to be a potential carcinogen as defined by OSHA’s carcinogen policy (29 CFR 1990).1

Since 2004, formaldehyde has been recognized as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).2

Graphic displays wide range of recommended formaldehyde exposure limits.

The wide range of exposure limits does not provide useful guidance for homeowners concerned about formaldehyde fumes.

While there are many regulatory agencies interested in the regulation of formaldehyde in the home, there are currently no national standards in place designed to limit exposure to formaldehyde in the home.3

Composite wood products may contain formaldehyde

Wood products used in the home, such as laminated flooring and particle board, as well as permanent-press draperies, may emit formaldehyde fumes.

Formaldehyde fumes can make your eyes burn, make your head hurt, and cause allergic reactions.4

Recent revelations about the amount of formaldehyde in imported composite wood flooring made the news and caused corporate turmoil for the supplier.5,6

Formaldehyde testing

Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC).

VOCs are chemicals that, due to their inherent qualities, vaporize readily at normal room temperatures.

Because formaldehyde is used by our customers in many industrial, pharmaceutical and beauty industry applications, we asked a certified industrial hygienist to design a test to demonstrate how effectively our Model 300 Winged Sentry captures formaldehyde fumes.

Formaldehyde that escapes into the room air can be a health concern for personnel since it has poor warning properties and air concentrations could exceed the recommended limit before its odor is detected.7

Robert F. Adams
Industrial Hygienist
RF Adams & Associates

Activated carbon, specially treated carbon

Two types of carbon filtration were tested, our standard activated carbon and our specially treated for aldehydes carbon.

Activated carbon in the Model 300 Winged Sentry removed 95.45% of formaldehyde from the air.7

Specially treated carbon removed more than 96% of formaldehyde from the air.7

Chemisorption, the process that makes the treated carbon more effective than untreated carbon, is explained in this short [1:13] video by Ben, the friendly chemist.

Don’t need a Model 300 Winged Sentry? Try a Model 300 PRAC

Our lines of fume extractors are modular in design.

That means the same fan/motor chassis is used in our entire Model 300 line.

It also means filtration media, tested by industrial hygienists, offer the same performance characteristics and can be configured into any Model 300 fume extractor, even if their exterior contours differ.

Sentry Air's Model 300 Portable Room air Cleaner, also called a PRAC.

Our industrial-strength Model 300 Portable Room Air Cleaner provides tested fume extraction for your home.

Model 300 Portable Room Air Cleaner (PRAC)

It’s true our fume extractors are designed for industrial use.

Their reliability and tested capabilities are powerful allies in the home, too.

From basement to bedroom, the sturdy Model 300 PRAC rolls wherever you need it.

Whether your concerns are removing formaldehyde fumes, dust or allergens from your home’s air, our portable room clean cleaners can be configured with effective filters that are part of our standard catalogue.




2IARC Classifies Formaldehyde As Carcinogenic To Humans

3Questions and Answers Regarding Laminate Flooring composite wood

4Formaldehyde in the home

5Lumber Liquidators: The FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Lawsuit Comparison

6Lumber Liquidators’ Home-Testing Methods Get EPA Scrutiny

7Industrial Hygiene Report, Control of Formaldehyde in the Workplace

8NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

9NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards-Formaldehyde

10Toxic and Hazardous Substance-Formaldehyde