Formaldehyde and Kitchen Cabinets
Formaldehyde is commonly known for its use as an embalming agent, but the chemical is also found in some pre-assembled kitchen cabinets and RTA cabinets. Urea formaldehyde is a resin (glue) used to manufacture particle board, plywood and other pressed-wood products. These wood products are used to manufacture low-grade kitchen cabinets and other furniture. The glue can release formaldehyde gas into the air, a process called "outgassing," and can have dire affects on human health.
Symptoms of Formaldehyde Gas Exposure
is a known carcinogen (cancer-causer) and the greater your exposure,
the higher your risk. The aforementioned outgassing process is worsened
when the product is heated, so a hot kitchen and formaldehyde-ridden
kitchen cabinets make a dangerous combination. Fortunately, there are
some warning signs of formaldehyde gas exposure.
• Watery eyes
• Skin irritation
• Wheezing or other breathing difficulties
• Burning sensation in the eyes, nose or throat
If you suffer any of these symptoms, move to a well-ventilated area. Contact a physician if the symptoms continue or worsen.
CARB Formaldehyde Restrictions
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has set limits on the amount of formaldehyde emissions allowed from manufactured wood products. In order to sell their products to California consumers, many cabinet manufacturers are complying with CARB standards. Ready to assemble kitchen cabinets and pre-assembled cabinets that meet or exceed the CARB air-quality requirements are third-party certified and labeled as such.
TheRTAStore.com and CARB Compliance
Research is the best way to determine whether or not a specific manufacturer has limited or completely removed urea formaldehyde resin from their products. At TheRTAStore.com, no homework is necessary. Every product in our catalog is CARB 2 compliant, which is the most recent and most stringent set of regulations. >> Learn more about TheRTAStore.com and Carb 2 Compliance.