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Formaldehyde Testing Now Available

Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. At room temperature, formaldehyde vaporizes into the air, potentially causing serious health problems. It is also a by-product of combustion processes. When you burn things like natural gas, wood, gasoline, or tobacco, formaldehyde gas is released into the air. The most significant sources of formaldehyde in homes are pressed wood products like particle board, plywood paneling, and MDF (medium density fiberboard); foam insulation; carpets; drapery fabrics; resins; glues; cigarettes; and un-vented, fuel-burning appliances like gas stoves or kerosene heaters.

Health effects of formaldehyde

Health effects of formaldehyde are eye, nose and throat burning and irritation; nausea; skin rashes; and breathing difficulties in some people. High concentrations of formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks. Formaldehyde is also considered a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance), classified as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) by the EPA. The World Health Organization recommends levels below 100 ng/L or 80 ppb.

Formaldehyde is Present Buildings

Since formaldehyde is present in so many building materials and household products, every home should be tested for the presence of this toxic chemical. Some of you may be aware of the pending federal probe regarding engineered wood flooring systems that were manufactured in China, after a recent report alleged higher-than-accepted levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, in its China-sourced laminate flooring. If you are concerned that your home or office could be one of the many affected and your health could be at risk, please contact us to arrange to test immediately.

Contact Alex Mavrelis, CIH:

amavrelis@eeandg.com

(O) 305.374.8300

(C) 305.984-3218 (After Hours & Weekends)

Price – $450 for the following services:

  • Testing of up to 3 areas.
  • Same day results.
  • An inspection of the tested areas for potential sources.
  • A written report presenting the findings of the inspection and testing, known industry standards and guidelines, and conclusions and recommendations.

EE&G is a leader in the field of indoor air quality testing and consulting. With over 30 years of experience and a staff of 50, EE&G is able to provide fast and cost-effective testing services.

How toxic is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a highly toxic systemic poison that is absorbed well by inhalation. The vapor is a severe respiratory tract and skin irritant and may cause dizziness or suffocation. Contact with formaldehyde solution may cause severe burns to the eyes and skin.

Is formaldehyde dangerous to humans?\The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a “probable human carcinogen.” National Cancer Institute researchers have concluded that, based on data from studies in people and from lab research, exposure to formaldehyde may cause leukemia, particularly myeloid leukemia, in humans.

What are the symptoms of being exposed to formaldehyde?

However, airway irritation has occurred in some workers with exposures to formaldehyde as low as 0.1 ppm. Symptoms of upper airway irritation include dry or a sore throat, itching and burning sensations of the nose, and nasal congestion. Tolerance to this level of exposure may develop within 1-2 hours. Other than expert testimony, we also offer Indoor Air Quality Testing & Monitoring, Soil Vapor & Groundwater Assessments, Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Investigations Phase I IAQ Site Investigation, Lead-Based Paint Risk Assessments, Indoor Air QualityIndustrial Hygiene, Radon Gas MeasurementsChemical Exposure Monitoring we are an environmental Consulting, Environmental Engineering, Remediation, and Construction Firm,