Embracing the importance of healthy schools, Smith System is proud to announce that all of its school furniture containing composite wood products meets the new California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 formaldehyde regulations. The CARB formaldehyde regulations are the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.

“Since children spend up to 8 hours a day in classrooms, it’s incredibly important for classroom products to support learning while not being a detriment to their health,” says Molly Risdall Parnell, national sales manager for Smith System. “Smith System has worked closely with suppliers to ensure that the wood used in our solutions is compliant with CARB Phase 2 standards. We’re proud to continue contributing to healthy and positive learning environments.”

According to the California Air Resources Board, formaldehyde is a volatile organic chemical found in building materials and household items, and can have negative health effects on humans at high concentrations. To ensure the best possible air quality for California residents, CARB established the phased formaldehyde emissions limits for composite wood products at the lowest levels feasible with current technology.

Since all Smith System school furniture meets the CARB Phase 2 regulations, all schools that select Smith System solutions will benefit from reduced formaldehyde emissions.

In addition to meeting CARB Phase 2 regulations, Smith System’s entire product portfolio is GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified. Smith System desks and chairs also qualify for one LEED point under EQ Credit 4.5 of LEED for Schools.

For more information about Smith System furniture, visit www.smithsystem.com

About Smith System
Founded in 1905, Smith System (www.smithsystem.com) has helped American education evolve by being ready with the right furniture at the right time. An industry leader in school furniture innovation, Smith System is committed to developing products that support the optimum learning environments — addressing the needs of the student, the demands of the curriculum and the realities of space, maintenance and budget.

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