Health & Safety

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NylonDesigners are sometimes asked to consider how future occupants may be exposed to chemical ingredients used in building materials and interior products. Will the product make life easier and more convenient? Conversely, are there any concerns associated with the products and materials being used?

While designers are not expected to be experts on chemical materials, they are increasingly asked to make materials selection decisions.

When making materials selection decisions, it can help designers to understand how exposure to chemical ingredients in products may affect building occupants. One example that illustrates potential exposures is VOCs in carpets: