We've read recent media reports of concerns about WeWork phone booths having potentially elevated levels of formaldehyde. We suspect that these phone booths contained imported products that weren't subject to regulation, or that they weren't properly ventilated. As we'll detail below, all Zenbooth products meet or exceed strict regulatory requirements and are properly ventilated.
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is a wide range of products - from apples to drinking water, to the desk you may be working at. Typically, it does not pose a health risk to consumers, however, exposure to elevated levels of formaldehyde may lead to eye irritation or other symptoms.
In the United States and other countries, there are regulations in place to protect people from chemicals like formaldehyde that could cause potential harm.
In particular, the EPA and California Air Quality Resource Board (CARB Phase II) has set strict standards for wood products (1). The wood we use to create our booths is tested, certified and labeled by our Californian vendors to meet those standards.