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Formaldehyde

HEALTH CONCERNS AND ISSUES DUE TO FORMALDEHYDE ARE INCREASING DUE TO ITS WIDE USE IN BUILDING MATERIALS AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Agencies such as the EPA and the National Cancer Institute are stating that above certain levels of formaldehyde in the air (0.1 ppm or 100 ppb) individuals may experience adverse health effects.  But how do we know the levels of formaldehyde in our environment?

When formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 100 ppb, some individuals may experience adverse effects such as watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde, whereas others have no reaction to the same level of exposure.  In addition to the immediate symptoms, formaldehyde is classified as a Group 1 carcinogen, known to cause cancer in humans, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

 

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