Formaldehyde Is Everywhere and Exposure Can Be Harmful to Human Health
What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that is also flammable. It has many industrial applications. It is used widely by manufacturers of building materials. Formaldehyde is in the resin that is used to manufacture composite wood products like particleboard and fiberboard. Formaldehyde is also used in the textiles industry and can be found in many fabrics. Formaldehyde is also used in its liquid form as a disinfectant. The chemical is also used as a building block in many chemical processes to create other chemicals and final products. Due to its very wide use, everyone is exposed to some level of formaldehyde in the air as a result of off-gassing.
How Formaldehyde Exposure Can Occur
The presence of formaldehyde in so many different products raises concerns about off-gassing and indoor air contamination. Formaldehyde can be emitted as gases from various solid and liquid products. Formaldehyde is one of the most common indoor air pollutants. The facilities that use and produce formaldehyde can also be a source of pollution. Where there is a leak, spill, or release of formaldehyde, there can be resulting contamination to the surrounding environment, including the soil and groundwater.
Formaldehyde is a Toxic Chemical That May Cause Cancer in Exposed Persons
Formaldehyde is highly toxic. Even at low concentrations in the air, formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, cause headaches, throat irritation, and respiratory ailments. Exposure may also cause wheezing, coughing, and fatigue. Formaldehyde can trigger or aggravate asthma in exposed individuals. Long term exposure to formaldehyde or exposure at high levels may cause damage to pulmonary function. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen. Exposure to the chemical can cause nasal/sinus cancer as well as blood cancers (leukemia). In addition, some people can be allergic to formaldehyde; these persons can develop skin lesions from their exposure, or may experience more serious allergic reactions.
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