A wide range of product types are seen in flooring – such as solid wood, laminate, carpet, ceramic tile, cork, linoleum, vinyl and concrete.  These present different chemical hazards.  

For example, plasticisers in vinyl flooring containing phthalates have been subject to concern regarding their endocrine-disrupting properties, with increased regulation being seen for chemicals such as DEHP, DBP and BBP.  

Chemicals in carpets have also recently been under increased scrutiny.  The Healthy Buildings Network published a 2017 report identifying 44 toxic substances may be found in carpets. 

Guidance resources explore the chemical hotspots that may be found at different lifecycle stages for flooring materials, with information on finding chemically-safer options.