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What are the potential sources of formaldehyde emissions in buildings and how do they affect indoor air quality?

“Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Thus, it may be present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors.  Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers”.

This information is taken from the An Introduction of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Formaldehyde Web site, which also provides information on reducing exposure and links to additional resources. You can visit this page at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html

You may also want to view the following resources:

Facts About Formaldehyde: http://www2.epa.gov/formaldehyde/facts-about-formaldehyde#whatare

Formaldehyde Hazard Summary:
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/formalde.html

National Cancer Institute: Fact Sheet: Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Public Health Statement for Formaldehyde:
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=218&tid=39

Consumer Product Safety Commission: An Update On Formaldehyde: 2013 Revision:
http://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/121919/AN%20UPDATE%20ON%20FORMALDEHYDE%20final%200113.pdf 

EPA Region 7's Formaldehyde page discusses the issue of formaldehyde in school laboratories:
http://www.epa.gov/region7/education_resources/teachers/ehsstudy/ehs10.htm

Indoor Air Quality State and Regional Contact information is available at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html

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  • Topic #: 23002-21373
  • Date Created: 10/18/2005
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