Formaldehyde testing is something we should all consider, but what is Formaldehyde? It is an organic compound that occurs naturally. It presents in the form of an unpleasant-smelling gas that can change into different forms. Formaldehyde’s name is derived from its similarity and relation to formic acid. The name “formaldehyde” was first used as a generic trademark in 1893, after a similar previous trade name “formalin”.
When we test property or a home for its Indoor Air Quality we certainly include testing for Formaldehyde!
What Are The Potential Health Effects of Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde does pose a danger to human health and has been referred to as a “human carcinogen”. It can cause eye and nasal irritation, headaches, a burning sensation in the throat, and can result in asthma symptoms. The CDC considers formaldehyde a systemic poison. It is thought that formaldehyde can cause permanent changes in the nervous system. Exposure to it may also result in more serious illnesses, such as some types of cancer.
How Are Humans Exposed To Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde occurs naturally and exists in plants, animals, and also humans. It breaks down quickly and does not accumulate in the body, but nevertheless, it is toxic and poses a serious threat. Chronic and long-term exposure can cause illness.
Formaldehyde resins are used in construction materials and are a common indoor air pollutant. It is emitted by treated wood products, such as plywood or particleboard. It can also be produced by paints, varnishes, floor finishes, and even cigarette smoke. In addition, Formaldehyde is present in permanent press finish clothing and cosmetics, and in these cases can cause skin lesions, dermatitis, and eye problems. Unfortunately, it can also sometimes be used in food preservation. This is probably not found in the United States because of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 which was the beginning of stringent food and drug regulation in this country.
How Can You Limit Exposure to Formaldehyde?
For most people, the irritation caused by formaldehyde is temporary and reversible. The EPA has instituted studies on the effects of the use of formaldehyde. Some air purifiers include filters that may lower formaldehyde concentration in the air. Good ventilation is also essential in limiting exposure to formaldehyde and other air pollutants. And be sure to check the labels on products that will come in direct contact with your skin, especially near the eyes.
Indoor Air Quality Inspections Can Reveal The Level of Formaldehyde
Mold Testing NJ-NY is an experienced Indoor Air Quality inspector. We inspect, test, and advise, but we do not remediate. This assures you of an honest and unbiased evaluation of the Indoor Air Quality(IAQ) of your home. We serve homeowners in Bergen County and nearby areas of NJ and NY. Contact us today to learn about our inspection and testing process.
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