At room temperature, formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that has a distinct, pungent smell. Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products. Formaldehyde is an irritant to the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancer. Sources of formaldehyde indoors include, but are not limited to, manufactured wood products, fiberglass, carpets, permanent press fabrics, paper products, certain household cleaners, gas cookers, open fireplaces, cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Formaldehyde is usually found in the air, and levels are usually higher indoors than outdoors. Simple solutions are available to help eliminate formaldehyde off-gassing generated inside the building. Environmental Analytics offers real-time, on-site analysis of formaldehyde to determine if excessive levels exist and “how-to” steps to minimize exposure.