Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Transportation Security Administration employees are complaining of skin ailments due to the use of formaldehyde on their new blue uniforms.
According to Emily Ryan, spokeswoman of the American Federation of Government Employees, they have received hundreds of complaints from TSA workers such as skin rashes, runny and bloody noses, lightheadedness, red eyes and swollen and cracked lips.
Formaldehyde is a chemical by-product of the permanent finish used by clothing manufacturers to prevent stains and mildew.
However, TSA spokesman Christopher White said the problem is not widespread since only few employees have complained. He added tests done on the uniforms showed the level of formaldehyde or other chemicals are within acceptable range.