Formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs. Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with an unpleasant smell. It is common in many building materials such as plywood, particleboard, and glues. Formaldehyde is also found in furnishings (furniture, drapes and carpets) and in some types of foam insulation. Other sources of VOCs and formaldehyde include burning of fuels: gas, wood, kerosene, and tobacco products. VOCs also come from personal care products such as perfumes and hair spray, from cleaning agents and dry cleaning fluid, paints, lacquers and varnishes, and from copying and printing machines.
VOCs can be released from a product for several years, though the amounts given off tend to be less as the product ages and “dries out”.
• Sore throat
• Scratchy eyes
Scientists use the words “exposed” or “exposure” to talk about how people come in contact with a substance, such as formaldehyde. Some people are more sensitive than others, so an exposure that causes no problems for some people can make other people sick or uncomfortable. Some of these symptoms also happen with other upper respiratory illnesses, such as colds/flu and seasonal allergies, so if you have these symptoms we recommend that you see a doctor or another medical professional.In general –
• If you are more sensitive to formaldehyde and are exposed to more of it for a longer time, you are more likely to have symptoms.
• If you are exposed to less formaldehyde for a shorter time, you are less likely to have symptoms, especially if you are not sensitive to formaldehyde.Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer. The cancer of greatest concern is cancer of the nose and throat. Scientific research has not yet shown that a certain level of formaldehyde exposure causes cancer. However, the higher the level and the longer the exposure, the greater the chance of getting cancer. Exposure to formaldehyde might increase the chance of getting cancer even at levels too low to cause symptoms.
– Size of Eco Board use in the Formaldehyde Emission Testing = 40cm x 40cm
– The Eco Board will keep in a space with good ventilation for 7 days before sending for lab testing.
– After 24 hours of lab tesing, total amount of Formaldehyde emission was recorded.
This lab test result does not take into account the formaldehyde emission from other chemical used along the wood working process, for example: glue used in laminations process.
Nasal and eye irritation, neurological effects and increased risk of asthma and/or allergy have been observed in humans breathing 0.1 to 0.5 ppm. Eczema and changes in lung function have been observed at 0.6 to 1.9 ppm.
Decreased body weight, gastorintestinal ulcers, liver and kidney damage were observed in animals orally exposed to 50-100 milligrams/ kilogram/ day formaldehyde.