Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. Its primary use is in the production of resins and as a chemical intermediate. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes.
In many indoor environments, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be from pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde resins. Pressed wood products made for indoor use include particleboard, hardwood plywood paneling and medium density fiberboard. Medium density fiberboard is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-
“When materials that contain formaldehyde off-gas into the air people breathe, it can cause both short and long term health concerns,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “High concentrations may even trigger asthma attacks in some people. Health effects may include eye, nose and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions and possibly cancer. At Zimmetry, our indoor air quality experts provide air testing for formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds to identify their presence and concentration in the air people breathe. If high concentrations are discovered, there are steps that can be implemented to reduce exposure.”
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About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase IESAs and general environmental consulting services.