WeWork’s other toxicity problem: formaldehyde

WeWork successfully disrupted workplace safety standards.

The company that made waves by, among other things, hiring legendary hip-hop artist Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC to perform at a post-layoff party, is back in the news this week for yet another unsavory reason. Specifically, potentially up to 2,300 “phone booths” in its co-working spaces are contaminated with formaldehyde. 


The company alerted customers to the news via email, which was helpfully shared on Twitter by Rachel Kaplowitz — the CEO of intranet company Honey

“We are taking a number of phone booths at your location out of service due to potentially elevated levels of formaldehyde caused by the manufacturer,” read the email. “After a member informed us of odor and eye irritation, WeWork performed an analysis, including having an outside consultant conduct a series of tests on sampling of phone booths.” Read more…

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