Sponsor: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Environmental Health Initiative
High levels of formaldehyde measured in FEMA-supplied trailers and mobile homes used in recent hurricane events have prompted similar assessments in portable classrooms (350,000 in use in US), where school-aged children spend significant time in the course of a day. This presentation will describe the results of a pilot investigation conducted to assess formaldehyde levels and potential factors that could affect formaldehyde levels in portable and traditional classrooms in use in one school district in Georgia. Formaldehyde levels ranged from 7-36 ppb. In both traditional and portable classrooms, overnight formaldehyde median levels were higher than day median levels. Levels were slightly higher in traditional than in portable classrooms. This study did not identify levels of formaldehyde that are associated with adverse health effects. Isabela C. Ribeiro, PhD, will be the presenter. This presentation is open to the public.
Contact: Laura Abulafia, Laura@aaidd.org