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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Free formaldehyde test kits for former FEMA trailers

The University of Oxford in collaboration with Prism Analytical Technologies and the National Science Foundation is offering 50 free indoor formaldehyde concentration tests to current inhabitants of FEMA trailers or mobile homes. The FEMA trailers and mobile homes that qualify for this study are those that were originally used in 2005/2006, in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These trailers have since been sold to every corner of the United States. Current inhabitants of these trailers in any location are eligible. While trailers that have not previously been tested are preferred, those that were previously tested may still be eligible.

Participants will be asked to fill out a simple survey regarding their views on the air quality of their trailer and how it affects or doesn’t affect their health both before and after formaldehyde testing. All surveys will be conducted confidentially. All air quality tests will be analyzed by both chemists at Prism and a certified industrial hygienist. All participants will receive a written report on their formaldehyde level and if their test results indicate elevated levels they will be given a free consultation about ways to reduce indoor formaldehyde levels.

To enroll in the study please fill out the form available here . Only those 18 and older are eligible for ethical reasons.

For questions please contact the principal investigator, Nick Shapiro, by email. If possible please include the VIN number, make and model of your trailer (so that it can be verified as an eligible unit) and your phone number.

If you are unsure if your second hand trailer is a FEMA trailer please fill out the enrollment form with the trailer’s VIN number and we will consult our database of VIN Numbers.

Enrollment Form URL if hyper link is not working:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG5mRU9uYl9IVDZqWWNlN0hmMGdJLWc6MQ

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Contact:

Nick Shapiro
708 Mandeville Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
nicholas.shapiro@anthro.ox.ac.uk
shapiro.nick@gmail.com
Study Tel: 678.369.3672