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  Formaldehyde is a naturally occuring  
  chemical compound that is frequently  

  used in the  manufacturing of  
  common household materials.  

What is Formaldehyde?

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is used mainly to produce resins used in particleboard products and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals. It can be found in many products that are all around us. Much of the formaldehyde that people are exposed to comes from its use in the production of polymers that are found in many products used to build and furnish our homes and offices. The chemical is commonly used in countless manufacturing processes and as a key ingredient in many building supplies and furnishings. 


Why Test for Formaldehyde?

Exposure to formaldehyde may occur by breathing contaminated indoor air, tobacco smoke, or ambient urban air.  Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to formaldehyde in humans can result in respiratory symptoms, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.  Limited human studies have reported an association between formaldehyde exposure and lung and nasopharyngeal cancer.  Animal inhalation studies have reported an increased incidence of nasal squamous cell cancer. EPA considers formaldehyde a probable human carcinogen.


EMSL Analytical provides the following Formaldehyde Testing 
  • Formaldehyde by NIOSH 2016

  • Formaldehyde in Passive Samplers (badges) by modified NIOSH 2016

  • Formaldehyde by HPLC/UV

  • Formaldehyde in Bulk Samples

  • Environmental Test Chamber Offgassing

  • Product Testing -  Including Flooring and Wood

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