Base Cabinetry

A Common Product profile (CP) is a type of data record originally developed as part of a collaboration called the Quartz Project. The profiles are not specific to any manufacturer, but list the substances that are most commonly present in a product type. The CPs include a general description of the product type, a list of the most common substances serving each function in the product, and the health hazards associated with these substances. See the CP methodology here for more information.

This CP presents research done by Healthy Building Network alone following the completion of the Quartz effort.

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While cabinets can be made from solid wood, they are also commonly made from a combination of solid wood and composite woods with high pressure laminate facings to mimic a wood grain. This CP describes a typical base cabinet – a cabinet installed on the floor of a kitchen, bathroom or other area where storage is desired. A countertop would then be installed on top of the cabinet to provide a work surface. Because cabinets are highly customizable, this CP assumes a cabinet of a defined set of measurements, with two solid wood doors, two solid wood drawer fronts, and an internal composite wood shelf running the full width of the cabinet. Face fronts are solid wood, and drawers themselves are constructed out of plywood. Laminate is used on the exterior of the sides of the cabient, and interior of sides, bottom, and both sides of the shelf. Plastic braces, drawer hardware, door knobs, and any countertop surfacing are excluded from this summary. Where a laminate material is applied to a composite wood substrate to simulate hardwood, a rubber-based contact adhesive used to bond the two materials together. As is typical with such products, this adhesive is applied to the surfaces of both materials, allowed to set up, and then then two surfaces are pressed together for a permanent bond. Stains and pigments may be applied to the wood prior to the urethane acrylate finish; however, that was not covered in this CP.

This information reflects our best understanding of product composition in 2016.


US CDC - Occupational Carcinogens - Occupational Carcinogen from Titanium dioxide

EC - CEPA DSL - Bioaccumulative from GUM ROSIN

EC - CEPA DSL - Persistent from Neoprene

MAK - Pregnancy Risk Group C from Titanium dioxide

GHS - Japan - Toxic to reproduction - Category 2 [H361] from ZINC OXIDE

TEDX - Potential Endocrine Disruptors - Potential Endocrine Disruptor from Titanium dioxide

AOEC - Asthmagens - Asthmagen (Rs) - sensitizer-induced from ZINC OXIDE

MAK - Sensitizing Substance Sh - Danger of skin sensitization from GUM ROSIN

GHS - Japan - Specific target organs/systemic toxicity following single exposure - Category 1 [H370] from ZINC OXIDE

EU - GHS (H-Statements) - H400 - Very toxic to aquatic life from ZINC OXIDE

GHS - Malaysia - H410 - Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects from ZINC OXIDE

GHS - New Zealand - 9.2A - Very ecotoxic in the soil environment from PHENOL FORMALDEHYDE

See the Pharos record HERE for more details and the sources used to create this Common Product profile.

Last updated: December 19, 2016