Published: 10th Jun 2019

Housing in London in 2010. © Jorge Royan UK households are experiencing dangerous levels of indoor air pollution due to ‘significant’ levels of formaldehyde, a human carcinogen that is found in adhesives in wood products such as MDF, carpets, furniture, paints and varnishes. These were the findings of a report that analysed pollution levels inside 47 homes in Birmingham, London and the Home Counties, which showed a fifth of UK homes showed significant levels of formaldehyde with 13% of properties exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) guideline limits. Health effects of formaldehyde include sore throats, rhinitis, nasal irritation, breathlessness and has also been linked to leukaemia and brain cancer. James, one of the people who took part in Airtopia’s study, lives in a one-bedroom, new-build flat in Surrey. He believes the migraines he suffers from are intensified due to the high levels of formaldehyde that were found … (To read the full article, subscribe below)