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Indoor Air Quality Notes: Formaldehyde Our Homes and Health by Thad Godish, Ph.D., Director Indoor Air Quality Research Laboratory, Department of Natural Resources, Ball State University. "... Formaldehyde is a potent eye, upper respiratory and skin irritant. Evidence from several studies also indicates that it causes central nervous system effects, including headaches, fatigue, and depression. It also has the potential for causing asthma and inducing asthmatic attacks as a nonspecific irritant. Additionally, animal studies suggest that formaldehyde is a potential human carcinogen..."

An Update On Formaldehyde: 1997 Revision Consumer Product Safety Commission

Formaldehyde by Walt Volland, Bellevue Community College. "...Formaldehyde is the simplest aldehyde. It is manufactured by oxidizing methanol with air over a metal catalyst in a temperature range of 400-650 degrees Celsius. The catalyst can be copper, silver, or molybdeum alloy. Formaldehyde has caused cancer in laboratory animals. It may cause cancer in humans. Risk of cancer will depend on exposure levels and duration as well as sensitivity."

Carcinogens Everywhere Rachel's Environment & Health News, January 14, 1999. "U.S. EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] published a report in 1998 saying that 100% of the outdoor air in the continental U.S. is contaminated with eight cancer-causing industrial chemicals at levels that exceed EPA's "benchmark" safety standards. ... Using 1990 data on toxic industrial emissions, EPA applied well-known mathematical models to estimate year-round average outdoor air concentrations for 148 industrial poisons in each of the nation's 60,803 census tracts. For each of the 148 toxicants, EPA established a "benchmark" level that the agency considers safe. Eight of the 148 industrial poisons exceed EPA's benchmark safety levels all of the time in all 60,803 census tracts. All eight are carcinogens, that is, they are known to cause cancer: bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate; benzene; carbon tetrachloride; chloroform; ethylene dibromide; ethylene dichloride; formaldehyde; and methyl chloride ..." Support Network For The Aldehyde And Solvent Affected (SNFTAAS)

Formaldehyde: Exposure Hazards "The information contained on this page is not taken out of context nor is it in any way presented to do other than inform users of formaldehyde based holding tank products that some degree of health risk does exist with even casual use. It is incumbent of each user to determine the total amount (ppm) of formaldehyde in the particular product being used and to evaluate individual exposure risk accordingly."

IAQ Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde Environmental Health Center, a Division of the National Safety Council.

Formaldehyde What Kinds of Consumer Products May Contain This Chemical?

Formaldehyde Sources of formaldehyde in the home include..........

Formaldehyde Facts

Formaldehyde goes by a number of different names. Here are some synonyms: Methyl Aldehyde, Methylene Glycol, Methylene Oxide, Methanal, Formalin, Formalin 40, Morbicid, Formol, Formic aldehyde, BFV, Fa, Fannoform, Formalith, Formol, Formic Aldehyde, FYDE, HOCH, HCHO, Ivalon, Karsan, Lysoform, Methan 21, Melamine-Formaldehyde resin, Morbicid, Oxomethane, Oxymethylene, Paraform, Polyoxymethylene Glycols, Superlysoform, Veracur

Formaldehyde in the Home: A Possible Source of Health Problems According to the Environmental Defense Scoreboard, it is ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds to ecosystems and human health.

Formaldehyde: Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service Find Out If You Are Working With Formaldehyde, How Formaldehyde Affects Your Body, Tests For Exposure And Medical Effects, Reducing Your Exposure, Resources

Gases - Formaldehyde Residential Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Notes: Formaldehyde - Our Homes and Health Thad Godish, Ph.D. Indoor Air Quality Research Laboratory

OSHA Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) Medical surveillance - Formaldehyde - 1910.1048 App C

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