Liuzhou Laowai

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Poisonous Building

A number of businesses in the new Di Wang building, Liuzhou’s tallest, on the north side of Liuzhou People’s Square and next to Bu Bu Gao shopping mall, have evacuated the building today after reports of formaldehyde fumes being blown through the air vents in the building. Some staff have have reported as having headaches and feeling dizzy.

Formaldehyde is a known toxin and carcinogenic. Among many other uses, it is employed in the manufacture of certain building materials such as hardwood plywood, particle board, and medium density fibreboard. Several units in the building remain unoccupied, but many are being “decorated” using such materials.

Investigations are continuing, but it looks like the building will be out of action for at least a week.

The three products that emit the highest concentrations are medium density fibreboard, hardwood plywood, and particle board. Environmental factors such as temperature and relative humidity can elevate levels because formaldehyde has a high vapour pressure. Formaldehyde levels from building materials are the highest when a building first opens because materials would have less time to off-gas.

. This entry was posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 6:25 pm and is filed under Bubugao, Liuzhou News, Pollution. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Poisonous Building”

  1. David Says:

    Kills you and preserves you all in one . One stop shop .
    Brilliant !

  2. Alan Says:

    @ David “Kills you and preserves you all in one . One stop shop .
    Brilliant !”

    That’s your best post yet!

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