Most carpet installers don’t realize that the suffocating odor they have been breathing, for years on the job, comes from the same hazardous chemical that morticians use to embalm dead bodies.
Formaldehyde is a chemical which gives human remains a “pinkish” glow. It’s also cited as a primary contributor to indoor air contamination. This is due to volatile compounds present in the binders used in the fabrication of carpet padding and carpeting.
Formaldehyde emits five harmful colorless outgases when exposed to the air. These outgases cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat and are responsible for serious and irreparable upper and lower airway irritation, bronchospasm and chronic pulmonary damage.
Formaldehyde is a hazardous material. Adverse health effects, for many carpet layers, ultimately manifest itself as occupational disease asthma. Over the years an alarming number of formaldehyde exposures have been documented in carpet installers and persons who work with and around new carpets. If you’ve been suffering from respiratory problems or know of someone who is…..you might want to get more information. Installing carpet can be harmful to your health.
The Sharpe Law Firm concentrates on Workman’s Compensation Law. If you’ve been exposed to harmful chemical agents at work we can determine, and explain your legal rights. Our free phone consultation without obligation is the perfect way to have your questions answered or concerns addressed.
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