SCS Global Services No Added Formaldehyde
This certification ensures that the product does not use formaldehyde in its manufacture. Typically formaldehyde is used as urea formaldehyde as a resin or plastic commonly used in adhesives or as a finish, or in pressed woods.
Urea formaldehydes have been found to emit formaldehyde gasses which are commonly used in plastic furniture, new carpeting, and many other plastics or vinyl materials as well as in pressed woods such as particleboard. These items typically emit more of the gases the newer they are and can cause health problems in sensitive people.
Formaldehyde can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions.
For more information on formaldehyde’s check out the EPA website.