About ToxicTrailers.com

ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

FEMA employees also at risk

Why is FEMA allowed to exceed the STEL and PEL LIMITS AND EXPOSURE TIMES that are required by workers? SHORT TERM EXPOSURE LIMIT is .2 PP< for 15 minutes. Not only are resident of these units at risk so are FEMA employees.

http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/documents/FACT/56-012.pdf

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=10075&p_table=STANDARDS

http://www.meridianeng.com/formalde.html

Note that ACGIH Threshold Limit Value (TLV): .3 ppm ceiling for HCHO 8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
Airborne Exposure Limits:
-OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):
0.75 ppm (TWA), 2 ppm (STEL), 0.5 ppm (TWA) action level for formaldehyde 200 ppm (TWA) for methanol -ACGIH Threshold Limit Value (TLV): 0.3 ppm Ceiling formaldehyde, Sensitizer, A2 Suspected Human Carcinogen 200 ppm (TWA) 250 ppm (STEL) skin for methanol
http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/F5522.htm

Air pollution: no place like a mobile home - health effects from formaldehyde Science News, Oct 19, 1991 by Karen Schmidt http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1200/is_n16_v140/ai_11515777

A mobile home may feel cozy, but its tight construction seals in air pollutants better than most conventional homes. Adding to the problem, the pressed wood products typically used in mobile homes give off noxious formaldehyde gas. Many mobile home residents have complained of "sick building syndrome." Now researchers suggest that even those who don't complain may experience health effects -- and at lower levels of formaldehyde than previously documented. Scientists at California's Indoor Air Quality Program in Berkeley monitored formaldehyde levels for two one-week periods in more than 500 mobile homes and collected health information from more than 1,000 uncomplaining occupants. The study found a strong statistical association linking eye, skin and upper-respiratory irritation with exposures to formaldehyde just below the 0.1 parts per million (ppm) level that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has considered a threshold for irritation. "This is the first study to show irritating effects at such a low level," says Kai-Shen Liu, who led the study.

Kai-Shen Liu

Indoor Air Quality Section - Environmental Health Laboratory Branch California Department of Health Services 2151 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel. (510) 540-3161; Fax. (510) 540-3022; E-mail: Kliu@dhs.ca.gov

Has done studies on formaldehyde in mobile homes and TT http://www.cal-iaq.org/CV/CV_liu.htm

http://es.epa.gov/techpubs/5/12645.html
http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/esthag/1989/23/i08/f-pdf/f_es00066a009.pdf?sessid=6006l3