Occupational Safety & Health Reporter℠

WeWork Phone Booths to Be Removed Due to Formaldehyde

Oct. 15, 2019, 7:24 PM

WeWork has had a very bad month, but even its most pessimistic observers probably didn’t expect formaldehyde to show up in the phone booths.

The beleaguered co-working company is removing 2,300 phone booths from some of its offices in the U.S. and Canada, “due to potentially elevated levels of formaldehyde caused by the manufacturer,” according to an email sent Monday to WeWork customers. The booths are small, enclosed spaces where members can talk on their cell phones or work in privacy.

A WeWork member told staff about a smell in the booths and eye irritation, which prompted the company to...

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