NWFA Formaldehyde Presentations

So those of you that didn’t come to the NWFA convention missed a great educational networking opportunity—put next year’s event on your calendar now! (That is May 1-3, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.) That said, those of you that came and did not take advantage of all the education sessions, oh my, why not?

These smart people showed up!

The NWFA is making public the presentations from the panels I participated in, but these powerpoints only tell a fraction of the story. Download and review, but oh, you unfortunately you missed a great deal more!

At the formaldehyde panel, we were fortunate to have Kimberly Wise-White of the American Chemistry Council. Her presentation is available here, and it provides a number of resources regarding initiatives relating to formaldehyde regulations and the use/existence of formaldehyde all around us.



Our lead speaker on TSCA was Robert Courtnage, Associate Chief of the Fibers and Organics Branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Robert’s presentation is available here and more information on the regulation is always popping up on the EPA’s website.



Now what I can’t give you is the great information provided by Cindy Squires of the IWPA and Dr. David Jones of Benchmark International.

They answered questions regarding issues such as NAF/ULEF exemptions, Importer Certifications, White Boxes, and more. Our panel’s Q&A went for nearly an hour and I appreciate very much their time. I wish more of you could have joined us, but maybe next year. I’m thinking of taking on SDSs or Prop65….


Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 25 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only. Her blog is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice on compliance with CARB, TSCA, the U.S. Lacey Act or any other law, regulation, or compliance requirement/claim should consult with the regulatory agency directly and/or a qualified legal professional.

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