Formaldehyde

About Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is the simplest of the aldehydes, compounds characterized by a high reactivity formyl group, high boiling point, high water solubility and pungent odor

Health risks

In 2004 Formaldehyde has been shown by IARC (International Association for cancer research) between the compounds of Group I, certain carcinogens.

Formaldehyde causes eye, nasal and throat irritation, sneezing, coughing, fatigue and rash; however susceptible individuals or immunologically sensitized to formaldehyde may have adverse reactions even at lower concentrations, especially after construction or installation of new furniture. Being an agent with probable carcinogenic action is recommended a level of concentration as low as possible.

Where you can find it

Building materials

Insulating, foams, resins

Pressed wood

medium density materials (MDF), parquèt, flooring

Manufactured products

Binders, adhesives, wallpaper, paint for walls, paints

Furniture

Plywood for furniture, fabrics, curtains

Home products

Dyes, disinfectants, detergents, cosmetics

Combustion devices

Wood, gas and kerosene stoves, cigarettes and cigars