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Respiratory Difficulties Due to Carpet

The chemicals used in new carpet can trigger symptoms for individuals with MCS. If possible consider carpet alternatives or natural wool carpeting. If carpeting is necessary, consider taking measures to reduce employees' exposure to the chemicals. Install carpet when the building is not occupied. When selecting carpet, explain concerns about chemical exposure to the retailer so the company can assist with identifying a carpet with low emissions.

If the carpet must be glued to a surface, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests a water based or low emitting adhesive. It may be possible to have the retailer unroll the carpet a few days before the carpet is to be installed to speed up the out-gassing of fumes. Once installed, let the facility air-out by opening windows, if weather permits, and by using exhaust fans to draw the indoor air outdoors. If fumes are still intolerable consider applying a carpet seal that will lock in the fumes.

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