The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have been working since spring 2009 to support the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in learning more about problem drywall and potential related health risks.
For the latest updates about problem drywall, visit the CPSC Drywall Information Center.
ATSDR’s Problem Drywall Health Consultation
ATSDR has examined whether breathing sulfur compounds released into the air from problem drywall posed a health hazard.
- Fact Sheet [PDF – 449 KB]
- Final Health Consultation [PDF – 2.73 MB]
- Media Advisory
- Supporting Documents:
- Georgia Institute of Technology Modeling Reports
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Reports (LBNL)
Resources to Protect Health
ATSDR has many scientists with special training to find out about health effects from chemicals.
- CDC/ATSDR worked closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and state health departments to learn about possible health problems from living in a home with problem drywall.
- CDC/ATSDR works with national and local partners to share current and accurate information about drywall.
- If you are health care provider, and would like to speak to an environmental specialist about your patient’s concerns, please contact your closest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)
- PEHSU Developed Fact Sheets
- Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) ToxFAQ™
Reports and Information
Review of deaths
The review summarizes investigations by state public health authorities of the medical records of 11 people who died and had lived in or visited homes reported to contain problem drywall. Authorities concluded that problem drywall was not a factor in the deaths. Read the Review
CPSC Drywall Information Center
Central repository of information from all the federal agencies working on problem drywall
- Page last reviewed: May 2, 2014
- Page last updated: October 24, 2014
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